Carrier How to activate Verizon iPhone 7 on AT&T?

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  1. dachshundx, Sep 16, 2016
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    dachshundx macrumors newbie

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    A friend of mine who has a Verizon account preordered an iPhone 7 for me at full price from the Apple store, and today I received the device. The issue is that I currently have AT&T wireless service with an iPhone 6. How do I activate the new iPhone 7 on my AT&T account without messing up my friend's Verizon account? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    (Background note: iPhone 7 models from AT&T do not support CDMA networks, and I wanted an iPhone that I can take with me to Verizon in case I want to switch carriers later.)
     
  2. Jal217 macrumors regular

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    All you have to do is remove your Verizon sim and put in your at&t sim from your old phone. Then you are done!
     
  3. solodogg macrumors 6502

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    If it was ordered from Apple, you must remove the Verizon SIM before powering on the device...otherwise it will activate on your friends account. You will also have to DFU restore the phone to remove the pending VZW activation, because it will not read your AT&T SIM until that activation has completed otherwise.

    If it came from Verizon, just remove the SIM and insert yours before powering up the first time.

    Source: ordered VZW phones from Apple the past 2 years to use with AT&T
     
  4. dachshundx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks solodogg. It was ordered from Apple. At which point do I insert the AT&T SIM card?
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Before you set it up.
     
  6. MacDevil7334 macrumors 6502a

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    So, assuming my local Apple Store has stock tomorrow (not unreasonable since I'm just looking for a regular 7), can I go in, pay full price for a Verizon model (to make sure I get an unlocked model with all the radios) and then pop in my current AT&T sim to activate it? Or do I have to be a current Verizon customer to buy that model?
     
  7. dachshundx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So then the correct chronology would be:
    1. Remove Verizon SIM card without powering on the device.
    2. Insert the AT&T SIM card.
    3. DFU restore the phone to remove the pending VZW activation (i.e. following the steps found at http://www.macrumors.com/how-to/reset-dfu-mode-iphone-7/)
    Correct? Thanks!
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Just swap out the SIM card and set it up. You don't need to do a DFU restore as far as I know.
     
  9. solodogg macrumors 6502

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    Well, in previous years this would be correct. I just got done reading another thread where someone said the number activation is actually taking place on the back end on some Apple server, and an engineering ticket had to be created to remove that number association from the device.

    Let me see if I can find that thread again...

    *edit* http://forums.macrumors.com/threads...-do-not-support-cdma-networks.1992985/page-16
    --- Post Merged, Sep 16, 2016 ---
    All Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint devices shipped from Apple come ready to activate, this the SIM swap doesn't work. If the device is purchased in the store, a simple SIM swap will work fine.
     
  10. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    I bought a Verizon 7 Plus.

    I popped in my AT&T SIM (replacing the Verizon one) and turned it on and everything just worked.
     
  11. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    Same here. Just click next on the screen prompting you to activate the Verizon number.
     
  12. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    Never even saw that screen, but I set up the phone via iTunes restored backup.
     
  13. cdejesus1119 macrumors newbie

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    Did you ever get this resolved? I gave the my verizon iphone 7 to my niece and she's on ATT.. it seems she cant get it swapped over to ATT. Even after DFU reset...
     
  14. cc999 macrumors 6502

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    I just did this today. Purchased full price iphone plus Verizon version at an Apple store.
    Got home, removed Verizon Sim, put in my ATT sim and activated as a new phone. Never saw anything in reference
    to activate the Verizon number prompt. Phone works perfectly.

    CC
     
  15. cdejesus1119 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, my phone was pre-activated via .com purchase. Its a little different then buying in store.
     
  16. KPOM macrumors G5

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    What issue is she having? It should activate just fine with an AT&T SIM.
     
  17. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    All she should need to to is reset and erase all settings. Then while off, pop the ATT SIM card in and it should activate fine. If there are any prompts to activate with Verizon or call Verizon, just click through them without doing anything. I had the same issue.
     
  18. nottooshabby macrumors 6502

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    along the same lines. I have just setup new service with Verizon and purchased an iPHone 7 on the device payment plan. The phone came earlier than estimated, so I have a couple more weeks till I can port my number over from AT&T(contract ends in a couple weeks). Can I just put my AT&T sim in my new iPhone 7 till the time where I can port my number into Verizon? I know the iPhone is compatible, but I don't know if it causes a problem since the iPhone 7 is under verizons DPP.
     
  19. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    It will work.
     
  20. ricardojames macrumors newbie

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    Does ATT VoLTE, WiFi calling and HD Voice work using a Verizon iPhone 7 on ATT network?
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, the phone supports all of that.
     
  22. ravenfan macrumors member

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    I have lots of questions because I don't really understand so please don't get mad at me. I am ATT. I will stay with ATT until the end of time because I am grandfathered in for the unlimited data plan. I am waiting on an ATT 7+ through the upgrade program which I have never had before. I have always just upgraded after my 2 years.
    Would I want a Verizon phone because it has CDMA and GSM? I travel overseas often but have had to wait for my contract to be up to get my phone unlocked which is why I am trying to buy an unlocked phone this time.
     
  23. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    All Verizon iPhones that are LTE capable (everything since the 5) are unlocked out of the gate (per the FCC). So a Verizon phone will be unlocked and you'll be able to use it internationally and domestically on ATT. But even if you buy an ATT version at full price, it will be unlocked. If you have no intent of ever using Verizon domestically, then it doesn't really matter which model you choose.
     

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