Any problem selling an iPhone that hasn't been activated?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HXGuy, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    I got a replacement for my old cracked iPhone 4 from Apple (had to pay $149) and sold it on eBay. The guy at Apple said "I didn't activate it so here you go." and the phone just shows the "Plug into iTunes" on the screen (it's on 4.3.5). It does have a SIM card installed.

    Do I need to activate this before I ship it out or will the person that receives it be ok with how it is? Is it better that it's not activated?
  2. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
  3. Pravius macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2011
    I would personally activate it on my account just to make sure that everything is ok and working. Maybe jailbreak it if you do not put ios5 on it. Then just remove it from your account and sell it.

    This is how I have always sold phones on Verizon.
  4. danielxute macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
  5. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Will activating it cause any problems with my current iPhone? Like will it stop ringing and start ringing on the old phone?

    Ok so I plugged it into iTunes and can not see the regular home screen but if I go to "Phone" in "Settings", it shows my cell phone number. Do I take out the SIM card or how does this work so that the person receiving it doesn't mess up my current phone that I have?
  6. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Come on I can't be the first person to ever sell an did the rest of you do this?
  7. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    I did a restore then took out the sim card before releasing it.
  8. DravenGSX macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2008
    Erase all content & settings. Remove SIM. Give to buyer and let them activate it.

    That's how I handled my last two iPhone sales.

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