Moving from iPhone 2G to 3GS

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TheBrazilianGuy, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. TheBrazilianGuy macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2006
    Hi all,

    I have an iPhone 2G and it has served me well so far.
    Nevertheless, a friend wants to buy it and I have been
    tempted to get the 3GS model (mostly due its performance and
    tether capabilities). This seems to be the perfect time to move on.

    I am not finding an old discussion regarding what to do in these
    cases. I remember someone posted hints/discussions like
    "I got quite a few apps and would like to keep them" or
    "How to wipe it out for the new owner ?" . I appreciate if
    someone has that link or else.

    Thks a bunch !
  2. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    There's plenty of these topics btw. If you're able to upgrade I'd say do it.
  3. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Tethering from AT&T will not be out,'s out. AT&T doesn't have an estimate yet, and it will cost $30 on top of your $30 data plan. The 2G had a $20 data plan that included texts. The 3G/3GS has a $30 that does not include any text messages. (This is all for AT&T by the way).

    Anyways, to give it to your friend, go into Settings, and hit the Erase all Content and Settings. That will completely wipe it. Make sure you take your SIM card out.

    Your apps are tied to your computer/iTunes account. When you sync your new iPhone with it, the apps will transfer, provided it's the same iTunes account.
  4. courtney.bella macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2009

    Wipe it: back it up in iTunes first, making sure you have a back-up of all your stuff for your new iPhone. Then, go to Settings>General>Reset>Erase all Content and Settings. This takes hour? Maybe more, but then it's clear and free. Also, remove your SIM card.

    Get your stuff back: Just plug your new iPhone into your computer. It'll ask if you want to restore it from a backup, or set up as new phone. Restore it from a backup.

    Edit: Person ahead of me got to it first! :)
  5. TheBrazilianGuy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2006

    Thanks a lot !!!
    This is going to be much easier than I thought.

    Regarding tethering, I am not in US these months
    but in Brazil tethering is free (at least from one of
    the major cellphone company). Free if you have a 3G
    iPhone. If you have a 2G you are screwed since
    there is no kind of support available here.

    Time to upgrade my lifesaver...

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