New 5S question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dirtclod, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. dirtclod macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2011
    So I am supposedly getting my Verizon 5S tomorrow! Looking forward to it very much!

    I have an iTunes account and used to have a 3G (still do and use it as an iPod and alarm for now).

    Also, I currently use a Motorola Droid Razr.

    The question is: What do I do when it shows up? How do I activate it? Do I just plug it into my MacBook Air and it sets itself up? What about porting the number to the new phone?

    My first iPhone was bought at an Apple store years ago and it's been two years since I had it as a phone and I'm on a new carrier now.

    Any tips and suggestions are very welcome! Thanks

    BTW, it's a Space Gray 64GB 5S.
  2. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Did they give you get a new sim? Or do they expect you to put the old sim into the phone.
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    The phone will likely come with some instructions specific to Verizon, but there's a couple ways it can work.

    - you can plug the phone in to iTunes, which will then ask for your phone number and other details and will complete the activation/number port there.

    - you can call Verizon customer service when your phone comes and they can do the activation for you.

    - I'm fairly certain, though not positive, that you can complete the activation on the phone itself provided you have access to a wifi network for internet connectivity (at least until the activation is complete).


    Since the iPhone uses a nano SIM, and the Droid uses either a standard or mini SIM, the phone will almost certainly come with a SIM card pre-installed.
  4. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    When it arrives you turn it on and follow the on screen instructions. Since you already have Verizon it will come with a sim card already inside and programmed to your account. You call verizon and they'll activate the IMEI and switch the 5s to being active. You can also do this at if you do not want to call in.
  5. pikachu2k7 macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2012
    North Carolina
  6. dirtclod thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2011
    I got my 3G about five years ago when it was just coming out. Then I got my Motorola when two years ago. Three phones in five years is hardly excessive on a forum where people get new ones for the most minor 'defect' or at minimum get a new one every six months.

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