Getting a used, original iPhone from Friend

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Punchdrunk, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Punchdrunk macrumors newbie

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    My friend just bought a 3g iPhone, and is sending me his original one in the mail. My current phone is 3g, but data is blocked. If pop in my SIM card from my old phone into the iPhone, will it work?

    Will I have to go to an ATT store to swap over, or can it all be done via iTunes.

    I am not necessarily trying to avoid paying for data, but I would like to avoid any unnecessary activation or transfer fees.

    Thanks,
     
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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  3. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    You could unlock it, then your current sim would work. Otherwise you will have to go through AT&T.
     
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    No you don't. I got an iPhone from my cousin, and I didn't need to go to an AT&T store.
     
  5. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    When did this change? The first gen iPhones used to only accept certain SIMs, is this not the case anymore?
     
  6. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I don't think so, my SIM was ~2 years old, but it was a 3G SIM. soo maybe?
     
  7. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Interesting. Well then, OP, apparently your guess is as good as mine. :)

    When the iPhone first came out it required a "special" sim card form AT&T (meaning not just any old card would do). But that might have changed. I have no idea.
     

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