Activate older iPhone question

Haysbert

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Hey everyone,

Long story short, my wife broke her 5s (Verizon,US) and it won't turn on at all, screen is busted, etc. She has her 4s still and I was wondering if she can somehow transfer back to that phone while we wait for it it be replaced. Anyone know how to do that?

Thanks!
 

Intell

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Verizon iPhone 4S' don't use the SIM card to connect to the CDMA network. Putting the 5S' SIM card in it won't do anything. You can transfer it back to the previous number by activating it on Verizon's website.
 

goknicks

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just bring the 4S to Verizon and they should activate it. Not sure if the old SIM from your 4S still works. As far as I know once it's de-activated, it's dead....
 

Intell

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Verizon iPhone 4S don't use a SIM card on Verizon's network. The SIM card in them is a rebranded Vodaphone one used for international roaming. They can work just fine on Verizon's network without a SIM card installed in the phone. They'll complain about no SIM card, but work just fine. SIM cards can also be reused in most cases.
 

Haysbert

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So my best bet is to just take it into verizon and see what they can do?
 

goknicks

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good luck. your next post will be "walked in to activate 4S, but walked out with a new IPhone 6/6 Plus........:)
 

Haysbert

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Ha right? I have a 6 now, she got the 5s only a couple months ago so she's good for now. I hope they don't hit us with an activation fee.
 

pooleman

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So if we go to Verizon they will give us a free SIM and we can just put it in the old phone and it will work?
Get a sim adapter to use the sim from the iPhone 5S in the iphone 4S. Plug the iPhone 4S into iTunes and restore. Go through the steps to activate the phone using the sim you already have. Done.
 

ROLLTIDE1

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Get a sim adapter to use the sim from the iPhone 5S in the iphone 4S. Plug the iPhone 4S into iTunes and restore. Go through the steps to activate the phone using the sim you already have. Done.
It doesn't use sim cards for service unless you are out of the USA
 

Haysbert

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Update: Took it to the Verizon store yesterday and they were able to activate it no problem and worked all day. Today though, the phone will not accept/ receive calls or texts. Data still works though (shows 3G) and she is able to go online and check email, etc. Tried dialing *228 or any other number but the call just won't go through. Any other options besides going back to the Verizon store?
 

Haysbert

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All good now. Had to remove the SIM from her broken phone, reset network settings, and then *228 to activate. Thanks everyone!