Finished a 2-year Verizon contract on my 4S and picked up a 5S, now what?

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  1. mikosk, Sep 21, 2013
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    mikosk macrumors member

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    Forgive the basic question, what do I need to do to prep the 4S for resale? I read about unlocking it, is that necessary if I already satisfied the contract? Do I need to remove the SIM card before selling it? Or since I completed the full contract, is it basically ready to sell on the open market? Besides wiping the phone, I am a bit lost.

    Thanks!
     
  2. mikosk thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone? Would love a little insight if you can help out.
     
  3. ben123456 macrumors regular

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  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I've sold phones in the past, and have just reset them (erasing all content). Note that the Verizon 4S is different from the Verizon iPhone 5 and 5s. The latter two are completely unlocked and work on AT&T or T-Mobile since they support LTE and Verizon has to unlock all their LTE devices as a condition of one of their LTE licenses. The 4S doesn't support LTE so only another Verizon customer can use it as a phone. The rest of us can use it as a glorified iPod Touch or a shiny paperweight.
     
  5. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    Go into Settings>iCloud and disable Find My iPhone.
    Go into Settings>General>Reset and select Erase All Content and Settings.
    Remove the SIM card.
     
  6. hunterheath33 macrumors regular

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    Make sure to manually turn off iMessage on your 4s before resetting it!
     
  7. mikosk thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate it. I couldn't get a straight answer from Verizon about this. You would think that since I signed up for another two years, they might be more helpful but...:eek:
     
  8. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    and not charge $30 upgrade fee?! yea right
     

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