Can I re-activate my old iPhone 3g?

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  1. Habusho macrumors 6502

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    Hi, really need help here. I'm planning on using my upgrade option with ATT and getting the new 3gs but I would like to give it to my nephew who will use it on another network. I waited in line for 30 minutes and they told me that my old 3g has to be de-activated? Do they mean the old sim will be de-activated? Can I open up the box of the new 3gs and insert the sim into my old 3g and use it like normal as before??? I'd really appreciate any help.

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  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    If you ask they can switch it over to the other number for you. They are nice about things like this.
     
  3. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, I don't understand. I'm not moving over a number. I'd like to keep my current 3g, the way it is and be able to give away the 3gs to somebody. Would switching the SIM accomplish this?
     
  4. jmann macrumors 604

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    I know, once you have the phone you can give it to anyone that you want. It is just like using an upgrade from one of your other lines to get you a new phone. As long as you sign the contract, AT&T doesn't care who uses the phone.
     
  5. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes but I heard that they de-activate the old sim card. So I would need to just switch the sims? Also would iTunes still work on my old phone?
     
  6. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does AT&T actually activate the new phone (3Gs) before leaving the store? That's the heart of the question I guess. Because if they activate that phone with its serial number I don't see how I'd be able to go back to my old 3g.
     
  7. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    take the sim out of the 3gs and put it in your 3g and give the 3gs to someone. problem solved.
     
  8. Habusho thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Then, need to re-activate my old 3g again with the new SIM with iTunes right?
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No need for activation, just stick any at&t simcard and it will work without any itunes activation or anything.


     
  10. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Or you could give your nephew your 3G and keep the 3GS:D.

    Not alot of benefit of putting a 3GS on T-Mobile. All you are going to get is EDGE speed.
     

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