Just got my Jet Black 256GB Plus! - how to activate??


macrumors 68030
Jun 29, 2012
Colorado Springs USA for now
IF you gave your info the sim will need to be activated and swapped out for your old one.(as that phone is now "your" phone) The phone will also need to be activated and then restored in order for it to be used by another. The phone is tied to your sim..... UNLESS it's different if you buy it in store than if you have it shipped. Someone correct me please if I'm wrong.
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macrumors 68030
Aug 14, 2010
Fort Worth, TX
You could take out the sim card before you turn it on and connect to wifi. It may make an attempt to activate, but it won't be able to and then you can continue setup on wifi and try out the camera and do most everything else except make call or use iMessage.


macrumors G5
Nov 29, 2011
Boston, MA
Verizon phones do not get locked. You need not worry. Just activate with your SIM card if it's not working with the one it came with and you'll be fine.


macrumors 68030
Aug 14, 2010
Fort Worth, TX
Already tried that. It won't get past the next screen without a SIM card.
Ok, maybe I did something different. I don't have a Verizon account (I have At&T), and I thought I took out the sim and got it through the whole process, made sure everything was working and then popped in my At&t sim. Either way, I didn't put the At&t sim in until setup was complete, and the Verizon sim didn't get activated, but if it's already tied to your account, I suppose that it might activate. Sorry about that.

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macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
Hi all. So newb question here. I just unboxed a beautiful new iPhone 7 Plus 256 GB Jet Black VERIZON model.

But I am planning to give this phone to a relative overseas therefore I don't want it tied to any US carrier.

But I just want to set it up and try the camera and make sure everything is working before I hand it off.

It requires the SIM card inserted to activate before I can do anything. But will this lock the phone in any way? Also will it affect any of my current Verizon lines? I don't want this phone to get one of my existing numbers or effect my Verizon account in any way!

Is there a safe way to activate this phone or do I just have let my relative activate it when they get it in their country?

With the Sim that arrives in the iPhone, you can call Verizon directly and they will activate the iPhone for you. It should take less than five minutes to do so.

Bootleg Gucci

macrumors 6502
Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for the reply. I got it direct from Apple and it came with the Verizon SIM. I had to give them my Verizon account info when I purchased of course.

So I just want to make sure that if I use the included SIM it won't replace any of my existing lines.

And also want to 100% sure that I can just pop the SIM out afterwards and have it work with any other carrier.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, Apple.com orders will preconfigure the iPhone activation to require the phone line/carrier account info you entered at apple.com (or app) when you ordered it. If however, you bought it from an Apple retail store in person, device paid in full, there shouldn't be this prompt at activation for billing zipcode and last four digits of social.