How to swap phone's with friend?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iqwertyi, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. iqwertyi macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    Here's the scenario

    My friend and I have an iPhone 4. He is eligible for an upgrade, I'm not.

    He is willing to upgrade his phone and sell me the 4S.
    He wants to keep his phone as is.

    If ATT activates the 4S, can he simply put his sim back on his 4 and I put my sim on the 4S?

    Do I need to do anything with my account (tell ATT I now have a 4S)
    Does he need to tell ATT, he has sold the 4S.

    Oh, and like this to be done without losing my unlimited data.

  2. hoju macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    You don't have to do anything to your account, nor inform AT&T of anything.

    Get your friend to activate the 4S on his account, his iPhone 4 will stop receiving calls/texts at this point. Once the 4S is activated, power off the device and swap micro-SIMs with him. He puts the 4S micro-SIM into his iPhone 4 and you put your micro-SIM into your new 4S. That's it!

    Since you're not doing anything to your account, your unlimited data won't be changed.
  3. iqwertyi thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I've never used an AT&T iPhone myself, but wouldn't that put the OP's AT&T account on his friend's phone, and the friend's account on the OP's phone? :confused:
  5. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  6. skywest153 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    No. Sim cards aren't like CDMA networks.
  7. daftpunkstu macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2011
    should work fine, is your friend cool with extending his contract for 2 more years just so you can get an iphone 4?
  8. iqwertyi thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    He's a good friend of mine.
    He didn't care for the 4S and I was telling him that if he buys the 4S, he can sell it on ebay (while extending his contract for 2 years).
    He thought it was a good idea.

    Then found out that I was actually surfing ebay to find a deal on 4S, since I'm still under contract.

    So, he offered, and it's almost a win-win situation.
    I am paying him for the phone, but at a cheaper rate than what's on ebay (his choice, I offered to pay market value).

    So, all those tech support help I've done in the past has paid off. :)
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Still confused here. With my iPads, when I upgraded from iPad 1 to 2, I took out the SIM card from my original iPad, and put it in iPad 2. That moved my AT&T data account from iPad 1 to 2. I thought it worked the same with phones? If not, how does AT&T connect the phones to accounts?

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