I inherited an iPhone - now what?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MauraM, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. MauraM macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    Do I have to get a contract to get service? It looks like, base on the text messages I can see, that it AT&T phone but I don't know anything else about it.
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    The person you inherited it from couldn't tell you who their provider was?
  3. MortalDays macrumors regular

    May 29, 2010
    Is it an iPhone 4 or 3GS? You can tell whether it is a Verizon iPhone or At&t iPhone by comparing the antenna gaps with internet stock pictures.
  4. Torresangel88 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/9A5248d Safari/6533.18.5)

    You don't need a contract, just go to an AT&T store and get a new sim card for it.
  5. MauraM thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    I literally inherited it. It was part of an estate so I can't talk to the person. I can pick up the Internet through my home wifi.
  6. MauraM thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2011
    Thanks, I will give it a try. Any way to make it a hot spot for my wifi iPad?
  7. macingman macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Yes get a tethering plan or jailbreak and get MyWi from cyrdia.
  8. ap3604 macrumors 68000

    Jan 11, 2011
    Sorry for your loss Maura.
  9. RobMoss macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2009
    Sorry to hear this.

    Bear in mind it may be partway through a contract. I don't know what happens to the phone if someone dies halfway through a contract - would the provider just write it off, or would they be crappy enough to ask for the phone back..?

    Try taking it into an Apple Store and see what they say.
  10. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    If the OP deos not have an existing account with AT&T, they WILL have to sign a contract!:eek:
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Not if you already have the device.
  12. Carl G35c macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
    You are not obligated to the previous owners contract even if they willed the device to you. You can contact ATT and inform them the previous owner passed, carrier's generally require a death certificate to so no one will be required to pay an early termination fee if in a contract.

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