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My wife is thinking of switching away from her WP7 device. I know she'll still be able to use her existing apps and wifi, and sync MP3s via Zune Charging apps to our carrier account has never worked on her phone (works fine on mine), but she doesn't purchase nearly as many as I do.

Will she still be able to purchase apps and music from the Marketplace via credit card without a SIM or data plan? What about her Xbox Music Pass? Can she still use the phone as a general PDA and music player in this way?

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Yes, you can still use it without a sim; I don't have a microsim for my phone yet but I am still able to sync it via zune and purchase apps through the store.

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Me too: though I haven't set up a credit card and only "buy" free apps. How do you pay for things? –  Kate Gregory Jan 14 '13 at 12:19
    
When I try to buy a paid app, it will ask me to add a credit card. Does it normally charge it to your phone provider account and not a credit card? –  A G Jan 14 '13 at 13:08
    
Good to hear. How about the Xbox Music Pass? Do you know if that's tied to the carrier/SIM or the Live ID assigned to the phone? –  Michael Itzoe Jan 14 '13 at 15:24
    
Sorry, I haven't tried using the Xbox music pass. –  A G Jan 15 '13 at 15:39
    
@MichaelItzoe The Xbox Music Pass is assigned to the live ID on the device, so you should be fine. –  Rudi Visser Jan 15 '13 at 20:37
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