2G and 3G iPhones - Can they be swapped?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobbleheadbob, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. bobbleheadbob macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2007
    Here's my question, to which I'm getting conflicting answers from two AT&T and Apple stores which I visited at lunch.

    My wife and I both got the original 2G iPhones in June 2007. We're on a family plan together. I upgraded to the 3G last July. So right now, she's eligible for the subsidized upgrade to the 3G S for $199 or $299 when they come out. I'm not.

    What I'd like to do is upgrade her line to the 3G S and then swap phones so that she is using my current 3G and I'm using the new one. The Apple store rep said, "no problem, just swap the SIM cards once you buy the new iPhone". The AT&T store person said, "can't do it, that would be fraud".

    I don't see why there would be a problem. We'd still have the same number of lines, we own the original outright, we'd be extending our contract, and paying more per month for the upgraded data plan. We could drop my wife's line completely if we wanted.

    What are your thoughts? I'm going to try calling AT&T again tonight and see what the CSRs there say.
  2. Zarile3 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    the person that said this is fraud is a moron.

    I worked for Sprint for two years, and did that almost daily. It's common practice for cellular companies to do that. Don't worry about it.
  3. Maclver macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2008
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    you do that... because what is the difference if you would of sold it?
  4. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'v done it with first and second gen iPhones. I plan on doing the same thing you are doing on Friday.
  5. joshalee macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2009
    So I upgraded my line to 3G last year and my wife is an add on family plan. She was using an LG phone until I gave her my 2G iphone. She is eligible for an upgrade and I wanted to swap out the SIM after I pick up the phone and give her my 3G phone. Any issues here?
  6. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2008
    Hope this is a good place for my question too. I ordered the 3G S for my wife. I will get her original iPhone Friday. Will the sim card from my Nokia fit in the original iPhone? I've never seen an iPhone sim card.
  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    nope, should be fine.

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