New iPhone activation question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by smg77, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. smg77 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    I bought a new iPhone 3Gs for my wife as a Christmas present. I bought it from Apple's website and used her AT&T account info. I have the phone now but I'm confused about activating it...since I used her AT&T info when ordering does that mean I can just put the SIM card from her current phone into the iPhone and it will work or do I still need to take it into an Apple store?
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Put her SIM in the new iPhone and connect to iTunes. It will activate the phone for you.
  3. smg77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    Excellent, thanks for the help!
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    No you need to leave the SIM in that comes with the iPhone. When you activate the new iPhone it will transfer the account to the new SIM making the old one invalid.

    It's very clear in the instructions to use the SIM that ships with the iPhone.
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I seemed to have a small problem with MMS when my 3GS arrived.
    I didnt use the simcard that came with it and I just popped in my old iphone 3G sim.
    Call up AT&T and ask to make sure. If its true make sure you dont deactivate her old phone by accident and leave her wondering whats going on :D
  6. Friz33 macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2009
    Dumb question. I wanted to buy the 3GS for my wife as a surprise Christmas present. We are in a family talk plan under my name so I have access to her account information. If I order the IPHONE online, can she still use her old phone until Christmas morning when I give her the IPHONE and we activate it? Thanks for the help.
  7. smg77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    I'm doing the exact same thing you are. I ordered the iPhone using our current AT&T account info and so far her old phone is still working normally.
  8. Friz33 macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2009
    Did you buy from AT&T or Apple online?
  9. rtmadden macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Yes. Her old phone will remain operational until after you have activated the new iPhone on her line of service.
  10. smg77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    Apple's website but I had to put in our AT&T account info and upgrade to the data plan.

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