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

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mikosk, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. mikosk, Sep 21, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013

    mikosk macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    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.

  2. mikosk thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    Anyone? Would love a little insight if you can help out.
  3. ben123456 macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2012
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    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


    Mar 22, 2009
    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

    Jul 15, 2012
    Make sure to manually turn off iMessage on your 4s before resetting it!
  7. mikosk thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    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

    rick snagwell

    Feb 12, 2011
    oceanside, ca
    and not charge $30 upgrade fee?! yea right

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