iphone 4 - what happens to my 3Gs?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by robdam1001, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. robdam1001 macrumors 6502a

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    Stupid question prolly, I know, but when I pre-order on the 15th and receive the "4" on June 24th, I sync with iTunes and my "4"" is activated/up & running, what happens to my old 3Gs? Will the activation process of the new "4" automatically de-activate my old 3Gs? Will I have to call AT&T to de-activate the 3Gs? Thanks and again, sorry for the noob question.
     
  2. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a

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    I think it automatically deactivates because AT&T will replace the 3GS IMEI with the iPhone 4 on your account. Correct me if I'm wrong because I'm not really sure what I'm talking about lol.
     
  3. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    the old one will be deactivated on your account first before the new one is activated...it's almost automatic
     
  4. robdam1001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. cschmelz macrumors 6502

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    But isn't this only half the truth? The old phone will be 'deactivated' but a simple SIM swap historically would allow the old phone to be activated again instantly.

    Of course, the SIM vs microSIM complicates that a bit, but aren't there microSIM adapters that allow the microSIM to go right into a SIM slot?

    Hence, take microSIM from iPhone 4, but in 3GS and boom, 3GS active again?
     
  6. mnilan macrumors member

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    Strategy for selling 3GS

    Folks:
    What do I need to do to sell my 3GS? Do I have to remove the SIM? DO I have to erase all my data on the phone? Where is the best place to sell?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  7. Hydrocity macrumors 6502a

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    will the 3Gs be locked, or will it still be able to do everything minus the phone parts?

    Ex: can I use my 3Gs as an iPod?
     
  8. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

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    You can still use it for all other features. If you take out your SIM right now you can see that it will still work.
     

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