Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.

LiemTa

Suspended
Original poster
Jun 2, 2014
499
332
Or will their number be transferred into the new phone?

Thanks.
 

LiemTa

Suspended
Original poster
Jun 2, 2014
499
332
I believe it has to be activated before the number is switched.

Thanks for your reply. Will my friend be impacted in any way by this? In terms of using up their upgrade or whatnot. This be will an outright purchase.
 

Vermifuge

macrumors 68020
Mar 7, 2009
2,067
1,589
They may automatically be charged a $30 activation fee.... but again this is in theory not practice so take any advice with a grain of salt
 

BrettDS

macrumors 65816
Nov 14, 2012
1,489
634
Orlando
Also keep in mind that they will need to be present with you when you pick up the phone or they will need to add you as an authorized user to their account. Even if you are paying for the phone the account holder or an authorized user must be present when it is picked up.
 
  • Like
Reactions: pippakay

pippakay

macrumors member
Nov 8, 2009
65
25
hi, i'm assuming you want to pick up at apple store? if so, yes, but theoretically you need to be 'authorized on the account' in order to pick it up. i don't know if they actually check. it's easy to add you online. your friend will get hit with a $30 upgrade fee on the next bill. no idea if it affects their future upgrades.

their number will NOT be transferred to the new phone if you don't activate in store. when you pick up the phone, don't turn it on. take the phone home, and BEFORE you turn it on, take out the included SIM card and put yours in. that should work.*

*disclaimer: i did this, successfully, with an AT&T SIM using a verizon phone. i don't know if there are any potential pitfalls going from verizon to verizon.
 

LiemTa

Suspended
Original poster
Jun 2, 2014
499
332
Does anyone know the answer to the thread title with certainty?
 

rsbacon

macrumors member
Oct 29, 2015
94
112
  1. Order using friend's information to reserve for pickup
  2. During pickup, have the Apple Specialist choose the 'Activate Later' option
  3. Open the box, and replace the sim with yours BEFORE turning it on
  4. Turn on the phone and start the activation process
  5. Click through the warning screen showing your friend's phone number
  6. Type in the Zip Code and last four of SSN that you previously used to reserve for pickup. Ignore warnings about contacting Verizon or Apple
  7. Set up your phone
  8. Hit the Like button
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.