Can I activate without upgrading to iOS 7?

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  1. JohnDrake macrumors newbie

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    I'd like to buy a new, unlocked iPhone 4S with iOS 6 preinstalled. Can I activate this phone with my carrier without upgrading to iOS 7?

    Thanks...
     
  2. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    New? Probably not.

    May I ask why you would want this?
     
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    If you buy a new 4S it'll have iOS 7 on it already...
     
  4. JohnDrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes--I hate, hate, hate iOS 7. :)

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    Yes, my carrier told me that all of their iPhone 4S models ship with iOS 7. However, a guy I know is willing to sell me a new iPhone 4S still in the box with iOS 5 preinstalled.
     
  5. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    With all the security updates, probably not a good idea to stay with iOS 6.
     
  6. TheGritmaster macrumors newbie

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    Another "I hate bright colors because it fees unprofessional, feminine, etc" post.

    I'm sure hackers around the world will be excited to read your email attachments and I hope you don't plan on using Facetime.

    Good luck with all that.
     
  7. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

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    Most apps won't work and FaceTime won't work
    Not to mention the security issues.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Then you're stuck on iOS 5 and not iOS 6. iOS 7.1.2 is the latest being signed by Apple and since the iPhone 4 and 4s can run iOS 7 that is the only version you can update to. If Apple is not signing the OS, you can't install/update to it. Apple is not signing iOS 6 anymore, except for 6.1.6 for the 3GS.

    Of course, all of this assumes that this new iPhone 4s being sold to you is one that you can use on your carrier.

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    I'm jailbroken on iOS 6.1. So far, I've never had an issue.

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    Well, +1 for me with the OP then. My iPhone 5 is running iOS 6.1 and it's jailbroken and black all over. Not white. Not colored. Black.

    As for security, I've not had any issues.

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    Really?

    Every single app of my more than 150 or so apps works on 6.1. Including Facebook and Twitter. The app store still supports iOS 6 too.

    I don't really Facetime, so this isn't much of an issue.
     
  9. JohnDrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    UPDATE: I purchased a new-in-the-box iPhone 4s on eBay and I've just finished transferring my SIM and downloading my apps. I'm now running iOS 'Classic" on a new iPhone and couldn't be happier. :) Thanks for the feedback guys...
     
  10. STEVEN P. JOBS macrumors newbie

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    Enjoy losing 1-2GB of storage when your iPhone auto downloads iOS 7 and uses up the storage with the installation package.
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    :D

    Why, when you can jailbreak and eliminate that? :)
     
  12. braddick macrumors 68040

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    Even to this day I don't totally understand those who would fault others for wanting iOS5 or iOS6 on a 4S.

    There are advantages and there are disadvantages, but none I think that would rise to the level of having to choose party lines.
     
  13. Daniel3102 macrumors 6502

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    cant you get the 4s with ios 7 and jailbreak it to look like ios 6?
     
  14. JohnDrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Evidently not. :)

    The iPhone 4s I purchased on eBay was shrink-wrapped in the box with iOS 5.01 preinstalled. After 24 hours I got a message on my iPhone saying update 6.13 was available--did I want to install it? I pressed 'OK' and now I have iOS 6.13 on my iPhone. :)
     
  15. nnacrumors macrumors 6502

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    What the...

    Not iOS 7? :confused:
     
  16. JohnDrake thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope--iOS 6.13.

    24 hours after upgrading to 6.13 I received another message offering to update my iPhone to iOS 7 (which I declined). :)

    If I go in to my iPhone 4s and press "General / About" it says:

    "Version: 6.1.3 (10B329)"
    "Modem Firmware 3.4.03"
     

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