Question about selling an iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BulkHedd, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. BulkHedd macrumors 6502

    BulkHedd

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    I've decided to switch from AT&T to T-Mobile. I ordered a 6S from T-Mobile. I still owe about $300 on my AT&T iPhone 6. I was going to trade it in to T-Mobile and use their reimbursement of my remaining phone payments but my aunt has offered to buy my phone. She is on AT&T and has agreed to pay me the remaining amount.

    I just need to make sure we do everything right when she takes the phone. She currently has an iPhone 5. So I need to turn off activation lock and Find My iPhone, then reset and erase all data, right?
    How do I go about removing the iPhone 6 from my iMessage account as well as it being a security device for my iCloud 2nd-factor authentication?

    Can she just pop her existing SIM card into the iPhone 6 and activate it on her account?
     
  2. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    You will turn off find my iPhone, log out of iCloud and reset the phone to erase all data. I would not move the SIM. It will work but the 6 offers VoLTE which requires a newer SIM. She will either reuse your SIM or be given a new one at the store. Restore your new phone from a backup of your current phone prior to the erase.
     
  3. BulkHedd thread starter macrumors 6502

    BulkHedd

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    How can she reuse the SIM? Isn't it tied to my account?
     
  4. MuGeN PoWeR macrumors 68020

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    yes. she will not be able to reuse that sim. get her a new sim and you are good to go.
     
  5. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    I don't think she would be able to reuse the sim (yours that is) and once deactivated it no longer works. So if she doesn't have a sim card, you can definitely go to the AT&T store and get a new sim card. I believe iPhone 5 uses nano sim card, so all she needs to do is pop the sim card from her iPhone 5 and put it on the 6. Should work just fine.
     
  6. BulkHedd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    gsmornot said that the 6 uses VoLTE so the old iPhone 5 SIM won't support that. Any idea how much a new SIM will cost?
     
  7. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    It should be yes but the store might transfer it to her or more likely take it out and give her a new one. Point is, don't reuse the one from the 5 since it will not allow the newer features. This statement has an exception too. If she has received a new SIM recently it may be new enough to support the VoLTE features.

    Expand the last two items on this page for more detail on the SIM:
    http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB425890&cv=820

    ...New SIM card should be free. She may have some charges associated with phone setup but I'm not sure on that part.
     
  8. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    If that is the case then you can actually go to AT&T store and have them give her a new sim card. I don't think they will charge you for a sim card. AT&T never charged me any cost to replace a sim card.
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    SIM cards are free from att. Generally they just require the dim be activated on the spot, also free.

    Your iMessage isn't linked to a specific device. It's linked to an account (the one you're wiping). If the phone is wiped and she sets it up as new you're also set.
     

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