The most basic function of a phone is to make calls and text. This was the only thing that the earliest cell phones used to do, aside from a few additional functions such as a calculator and an FM radio receiver. Throughout the decades, phones evolved and got “smart,” thus paving the way to the age of smartphones. Now, a phone is not only for calls and text--it can be used for more, and sometimes, you might even ask if you really need the traditional functions of a text and call today.
So, you might be asking: would you still be able to find uses for a smartphone that has been deactivated? By deactivated, it simply means that the phone has no working SIM card due to your plan expiring, getting terminated, or expiring entirely. This leaves your phone without the basic cellular functions. So how about Wi-Fi, would you be able to use Wi-Fi on a deactivated phone?
How do you use Wi-Fi on a deactivated phone?
There are several options on how you can still make use of your phone without the basic cellular functions provided by a working SIM card. Here are some ways you can do so.
Option 1 - Use your home Wi-Fi
Most households have their own internet connection that usually comes with Wi-Fi. Even if you are living in an apartment, the chances of your building having a shared Wi-Fi is high.
This is the easiest way you can find a network to connect your deactivated phone to the internet through Wi-Fi. Since this is your home network, you can be confident in not being at risk of having your data stolen by unwanted intruders connected to the same network and prying on your activities.
Option 2 - Use it in public Wi-Fi
One of the most common concerns for a public Wi-Fi is that most of the time, it is not secure. Usually, it is an open connection where users are simply logged in to the system and given data allocation for a limited amount or limited time.
You can then use it on everything online from simple browsing to downloading to accessing your accounts. Just to be safe, make sure that you do not log in to sensitive accounts or applications while on public Wi-Fi.
Option 3 - Tether to another phone
Mobile tethering or hotspot had been one of the earliest features of Android and iOS. This allows the mobile phone to share its data connection with other users by making itself a Wi-Fi hotspot that other devices can connect to.
You can use your main phone’s data and share its connection to your deactivated phone. Of course, you would first want to secure your hotspot with a password so you can avoid random people just connecting to your device and stealing your data.
Before you go
So, before you go about throwing your old phone or selling it to someone, consider using it for Wi-Fi purposes as a backup phone. Not only it helps your main phone save battery, but it can also serve a lot of other online purposes!
Of course, if your phone is unlocked, you can still use a prepaid SIM on it. You can also use it with a new provider since there are some that offer discounted plans if you have your own phone to use or to trade-in when applying.
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Published by: Agnes Zang