selling iPhone on ebay, activate or not?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bumzo1, Jul 2, 2010.


Activate or leave at "plug into itunes" screen?

  1. activate

    2 vote(s)
  2. don't activate

    7 vote(s)
  1. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I just listed my iPhone on ebay and restored it and it is currently at the plug into itunes screen. I took out my sim and it says it needs a valid sim to activate. Should I be nice and go ahead and activate it with my old sim (new one in iPhone 4) or should I leave them to get an AT&T sim and activate it themselves? I would feel bad if the buyer bought it with all intention to use it as an iPod and find this out. What would you do/ did you do?
  2. babby macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2008
    Learned from experience

    I sold one on ebay and left it sealed in the box and did not activate it. It sounds crazy, but AT&T seemed like they had no idea what they were doing. The person who bought my phone had an impossible time activating it. They were fortunate I was a nice person and helped give them some direction, because AT&T sure didn't. They went to the AT&T store that told them they could not help unless I activated the phone. Then they spent 2 hours on the phone with customer service and called me and told me they would need to deactivate my sim card in my phone to activate the phone I had sold.

    Long story short, I sent the person back to the AT&T store and told them to get a blank Sim card from AT&T. They were able to then activate the phone, but what a pain.

    Activate it - tell the buyer is is activated for them. Should not hurt the selling price and will save a lot of aggravation.
  3. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    That all seems very unnecessary. If they already have AT&T then they just insert their current SIM. If not, AT&T will give them one when they sign up for service.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Just activate it, it takes 2 seconds.
    This way they dont get confused or the runaround from AT&T.

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