Iphone 5 Newb Questions

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mackandproud, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. mackandproud macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    I am seriously considering the iphone 5 and will likely pick one up over the weekend. A few elementary questions:

    1. will the service on my old phone stop immediately once I set up a contract for the iphone 5? Or, do I have to set up the iphone 5 first before the old phone stops working?

    2. I am likely buying an otterbox defender case. Is there any other case with similar protection with a bit less bulk, by chance?

    3. Are there any 'essential' accessories I should get, aside from a case?

    4. The local apple stores are all booked up for intro workshops on the iphone. Is there a book or website that you recommend for the basics as a substitute?

    Thanks, sorry for all the questions.
  2. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    1. Depends. Are you keeping the same phone number? If so, only 1 phone will work on that number at a time. The carrier will transfer the number for you. If your question is about your current phone working upon ordering a new phone, yes it will. Once the phone arrives in the mail, you'll "activate it" Upon activation, the old phone will stop working. If you are porting a number to a new carrier, the same will apply (each carrier is different with porting instructions).

    2. Can't help you here. I personally carry my iP5 naked. However, I make my kids use the defender series. They abuse the crap out of their iPhones, and when we take them out of those cases to sell them at upgrade time, they always look brand new. I'm a big fan of otterbox cases for protection (even though I don't use cases).

    3. Additional charger. I recommend a car charger (if required). It never hurts to have more than 1 charger. I have a mounted charger in my car (proclipusa makes awesome mounts). When I drive to and from work, I sync my iP5 via bluetooth to my Ford Sync (listen to Pandora, etc.). It's awesome being able to charge the iP5 at the same time so I have a topped off battery when I arrive at my destination.

    Also, iTunes gift cards and/or money set aside for apps. The iPhone really shines when you add apps. Many are free, some cost a few dollars. Lots of information on apps on the internet.

    4. The beauty of the iPhone is how simple it is to use. Obviously, there are some more robust options buried within the OS. However, in my opinion you've already discovered the best learning resource (Mac Rumors). Just do some searching through old threads and/or ask if you can't find the information you are looking for. There is basically a "how to" for every conceivable option the iPhone has to offer with a quick google search.

    Congrats on getting an iPhone! I think you'll love it.
  3. mackandproud thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    Thanks cosmo for your reply!

    I will get an IP5 hopefully at a walmart with the price discount.

    What are people's experiences buying iphones at walmart? I doubt it would pose any issues? After all, it's a new sealed item and you activate and set it up yourself, just as you would anywhere else.

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