Activate older iPhone question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Haysbert, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. Haysbert macrumors member

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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!
     
  2. goknicks macrumors member

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    yes! either go to an Verizon Store and get a SIM Card or order (for free) by phone
     
  3. Haysbert thread starter macrumors member

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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?
     
  4. goknicks macrumors member

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    well.....Verizon still has to activate the 4S with the new SIM
     
  5. Haysbert thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok so just bring the 4s to Verizon and they can take care of it?
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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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.
     
  7. goknicks macrumors member

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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....
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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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.
     
  9. Haysbert thread starter macrumors member

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    So my best bet is to just take it into verizon and see what they can do?
     
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  12. goknicks macrumors member

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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........:)
     
  13. Haysbert thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  14. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    Why waste the gas just call 611 and have it done
     
  15. pooleman Suspended

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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.
     
  16. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    Lol plug it in to iTunes and activate it. Or just dial 611.
     
  17. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't use sim cards for service unless you are out of the USA
     
  18. pooleman Suspended

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    You are right. I just repeated the procedure I recently used to activate my original iPhone but that of course is on AT&T.
     
  19. Haysbert thread starter macrumors member

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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?
     
  20. Haysbert thread starter macrumors member

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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!
     

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