Question about development testing on off contract iPhone 4

From: Ali Z.
Sent on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:51 PM
I have a question about using an off contract iPhone for development testing. I've Googled for an answer but I'm seeing conflicting information. I would appreciate any insight from you experienced developers on here.

I have read that you can use an iPhone that no longer has cell service as a development testing device, and that it's basically a glorified iPod at that point which is fine. However, I'm seeing conflicting information about what happens if there is an iOS update done to the device. Some say it's not an issue, and you can continue to use the device for testing after the update. Others say the device needs to be re-activated on a cell network after such an update, otherwise it will keep prompting you that the phone needs to be activated - and in such a case, you can stick in a temporary sim card and all is well. However, the iPhone I want to use is an older Verizon model which of course didn't take sim cards. Can someone clarify with their experience?

Thanks in advance,

Ali

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