If I cancel At&T service and sell iphone can other person activate phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dog352, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. dog352 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I am past the 14 day return policy on the iPhone, but still in the 30 day At&T cancellation period. If I cancel the service and sell the phone, can someone else activate it? This is truly a beautiful phone, but I must say, the reception on this thing is awful and I've been all over the place. It was great in Southern California, horrible in the midwest, and very inconsistent in NYC.
  2. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Yep. Just use the "restore" option in iTunes before selling it. After the restore you will be prompted to reload the backup settings for your account, or create a new account. Just quit iTunes and unplug the phone at this point. When it gets plugged into a new computer, it will prompt the user to activate the phone from scratch.
  3. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    The person who purchased your phone would have to drop by an AT&T Store to get a new SIM card, but other than that it would work fine.

    Once the iPhone's sim card is active, it's active for that phone number only. It cannot be swapped for a different number.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Has anyone heard of anyone actually doing this (getting a SIM card to activate a used iPhone)?
  5. PJF13 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2007
    I actually have done the new sim card thing myself. On launch day I bought two iPhones, one for myself (and activated) and one for a friend who activated. Unfortunately for him, he had no coverage at his home SO he cancelled his service.

    My girlfriend loves the phone so i bought his from him. I restored the phone but when plugged into iTunes it did not recognize it as a new phone SO I called AT&T and Apple. Both confirmed that I needed to pick up a new sim card (free) from AT&T.

    I did, then replaced it in the iPhone and then plugged the phone in. iTunes detected the phone as a new phone and I went through the activation process successfully. She loves her iPhone and it was a simple process.

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