Do you really have to remove SIM before selling??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jasonviper, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. jasonviper macrumors newbie

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    I upgraded one of my lines to buy an Iphone 5 but now I decided so sell to my friend to make a few bucks and I will buy one later once they are back in stock.

    My question is, do you really have to remove the SIM if I do not activate it on my account? Can't they just take the phone and SIM and activate on their account?
     
  2. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    The sim included inside the iPhone 5 will activate on your account once they turn the phone on. This in turn will de-activate your old sim.
     
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    It will deactivate the old SIM, but the old SIM will still have your account info, including phone number. This has been known to cause problems with things like iMessage.

    Best to remove the SIM. He can get a new one at an AT&T store.
     
  4. b166er macrumors 68020

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    What reason do you have to not take it out?

    Take it out!
     
  5. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a

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    his carrier should be able to do this without removing the SIM card.
     
  6. jasonviper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's not a huge deal but I have heard of people doing this and wondered if it's truly necessary.

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