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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Ok
    Ok thanks guys
     
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

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    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

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    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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