Deleting Verizon Cellular Data Account?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by chanesworth, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. chanesworth macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2014
    i am giving my iPad 4 Verizon Ipad to a friend. I am planning on deleting my cellular data account on this iPad and then restoring the iPad to the default settings. After I do this will my friend need to get a new sim from Verizon or can they still use the one that is in the iPad?

  2. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2012
    always remove the sim card before you sell a phone or Ipad
  3. wynnnj1977 macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    You can either restore or remove SIM card. However, your friend has to get a new SIM card if she/he wants to get a prepaid plan, otherwise, they can activate by phone or online (if you leave your SIM card for her/him)
  4. Ken Kaniff macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2014
    Not necessary.

    Not recommended at all if it's a Sprint model.
  5. rigormortis, Nov 28, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009

    please elaborate. why wouldn't sprint just give you a new sim card? why is this free sim or 1 cent sim such
    a big deal. i heard that once a sim card is de-activated you can't sign it up again

    the reason sim cards should be destroyed is they may have private information on them. these sim cards have like 256k of flash memory and they may contain

    account numbers
    telephone numbers
    text messages
    recent calls
    phone book
    unique encryption keys used by you to the cell network

    until we start breaking into sim cards and proving they do not contain personal information. then i would rather be on the safe side and cut up the sim card

    i remember the old days, where sim cards held up to 100 text messages.
    yeah we think they don't do that anymore, because now we have the iPhone and iPad, but how sure are we?

    i remember the old satellite tv days. i don't want someone to break into my sim card and find out i subscribed to American eXXXtasy.

    i think the only time the sim card should not be destroyed is if you are on an grandfathered unlimited plan, like my friend sam and your sim card is worth $800 on ebay

    i havent checked lately. but it could be up to 512 or 1 meg now

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