AT&T iPhone 4 upgrade question... Hopefully someone knows

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tangledweb16, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. tangledweb16 macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2007
    Ok, so I'm camping out to get my iPhone 4 on Tuesday, and I was wondering if, since I'm not the primary account holder at AT&T, can I buy the phone by myself, or do I need to bring the primary AT&T account holder? If anyone knows it'd be greatly appreciated. Currently my iPhone 3G is on a family plan. Thanks to anyone who might know.
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Okay, everyone's answer may be different, but I got my iPhone 4 with an authorized user(not the primary user) and the Social security number of the primary user.
  3. creeman macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2007
    Yeah, you can do that. You either have to be an authorized user or the account holder has to be there with you. Those are the only two ways they will sell you the phone (Well, the only two ways that are SUPPOSE to sell you the phone...)
  4. bigkito macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2006
    U gotta be an authorized user, and know the last 4 digits of the actual account holders social
  5. hipvamore macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    just add yourself as an authorized user. takes two seconds. just find out the last four digits of the social and call att. you can pretend youre the primary and add yourself
  6. mhalpin macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    Use wifes upgrade?

    I am in the same situation with a twist.

    My wife is the account owner, I am setup as an authorized user BUT she is the one eligible for the upgrade and I want to use her upgrade to get myself the phone. Is it possible for me to just go in or does she have to be there?
  7. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
  8. Basement06 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    mhalpin, you should have no problem buying it as long as you have the primary account holder's info (ie. your wife). Just tell them you're surprising her with it so you don't want to activate in-store and would prefer to do it at home.

    People do this fairly often and upgrade their own phone using another authorized/primary user's upgrade eligibility.
  9. mhalpin macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    I called AT&T they said my wife doesn't need to come but I would need her phone so.... she is showing up at 7 AM when the doors open and giving me her phone and waiting outside in the car.

    Driving by the closest 2 stores to me tonight around 11, debating just getting in line then, or waiting until like 3-4AM
  10. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
  11. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    While they don't really need her phone, it is the easiest way to complete the rep to perfomr "Upgrade Swap" and get opportunity credit.

    The rep will activiate the new iPhone 4 on her line, this will kill her current SIM. Next they will pop a new Mini SIM into her phone and activate the SIM. Your wife is now all set. Just check to see that she has the proper data / txt plan for her phone. Just a warning with this method. Your wife will have her voicemail reset and lose any custom greeting or saved messages.

    Next the rep will put a new Micro SIM in the iPhone 4 and activate it on your line.

    Just a reminder that none of these steps are needed, it is just easier for the rep. The correct steps can be found at this link

    The RSC can just put the IMEI and the ICCID on your line and activate using itunes. This will not touch your wife's SIM, Phone, Line, or features.


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