Could I trade SIMS?

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  1. Online macrumors member

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    My wife does not have a iPhone. She can get the new iPhone 3GS 32GB for $299. I can't get that price. But if she upgraded her line and then we trade SIMS (she takes mine and I take 3GS), would this work?
     
  2. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    If you are on the same plan I don't see why not, it's not like they're going to charge you for the rest of the phone. BUT ... You can't exactly "Trade Sims" you would have to activate the phone under your number, because if you don't have an iPhone already you will need to activate the iPhone plan on the iPhone Sim card that comes with the iPhone. Does that make sense?

    EDIT: I just noticed in your sig that you already have an iPhone 3G. In that case you should easily be able to just pull the Sim card out of your iPhone and place it in the 3G S.
     
  3. Online thread starter macrumors member

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    That's what I was thinking. Wife and I are on the same plan.
     
  4. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Then it looks like you're golden.

    You gonna give your wife your 3G?
     
  5. Online thread starter macrumors member

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    Ya, she wanted to wait for me to get the new one and she is going to take my 3G. For what she does it is perfect. I want the 32 megs for more music.
     
  6. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    What a kind soul, mine always wants the latest and greatest ... haha
     
  7. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    I was also wondering if this work.

    My plan:

    1) Take my son's cellphone, who's line is due for an upgrade mid July, and upgrade him to the 3GS.

    2) Take the SIM out of the 3GS and put it in my 3G and hand it to my son.

    3) Take the SIM out of my 3G and put it in the new 3GS.

    My only question is, what happens when I sync them to iTunes.

    Will there be issues?
     
  8. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Syncing in iTunes has nothing to do with the cell provider or service. Just make sure you do a complete restore of your old iPhone and set it up as a New iPhone, that way your son can use his iTunes account and all.
     
  9. yakkonvazn macrumors member

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    on a similar note, along with this newbie question... When you purchase the iphone 3g or 3gs, will you get a new sim with it if you're an existing at&t customer, or do you have to transfer your old non-iphone sim?
     
  10. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Do I need to do that even if we all share the same iTunes account?
     
  11. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    You must use the new iPhone SIM. But... You can put your old SIM in the iPhone and transfer your contacts over with the press of a button.

    Nope, you should be fine then.
     
  12. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the help man. :D

    Now if I could just have help in deciding if that is really what I want to do. LOL...
     
  13. jlt0812 macrumors newbie

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    This works!

    Just to confirm. I had the same idea. Just went through the whole process and it seems to work fine. I activated my wife's 3gs first. Then switched my 3G SIM card with her 3GS SIM card. Restored both iPhones. Everyone is happy.
     

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