Carrier If I activate an iPhone tied to a carrier do I have to unlock it before selling?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobright, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    So say I have a phone tied to AT&T that's activated with a number. If I want to sell the phone do I have to call to have it de-activated or whatever? Or can I just remove the sim and sell?

    I want to know what the steps are before they can use it. I'm not talking about unlocking it for use on another carrier just for use on AT&T.
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Just restore the phone to wipe your data and pull your SIM out. Then sell the phone as an AT&T locked phone.
  3. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015

    That is 100% the correct answer. I have sold many iPhones after doing the above with no issues. Just always be honest about it being locked to a specific carrier if you do not get it unlocked.
  4. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Ok thanks guys
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Although you mention not unlocking the phone for use on another carrier, an unlocked phone will generally sell for more money than a locked phone will.
  6. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If I were buying I would also worry if the phone is paid for and not going to be killed due to non-payment.

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