Selling on-contract iPhone ... to clarify?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by essential, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. essential macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2008
    I did some searches first but I want to clarify that I understand what I read before I proceed.

    I have an on-contract AT&T iPhone 4S (64gb) what won't allow for an upgrade until May 2013. I have several upgrades available on my family plan (parents who still use dumbphones) and may take one to get an iPhone 5, but then I need to sell this on-contract iPhone.

    Based on what I read, I can sell an on-contract iPhone and it is fully usable without issue, but only with AT&T, it cannot be unlocked or taken to another network until at least May 2013, so as long as I make sure the buyer is intending to use it on AT&T, there won't be any issues, correct or did I misunderstand?
  2. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    You got it. You can sell your on-contract 4S and as long as the buyer is going to use it on AT&T, there shouldn't be any issues.
  3. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Is there really enough new to justify the loss you WILL take on the 4S?
  4. essential thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2008
    I can/should get $400 for it ... a new one will cost $400, it's basically just a swap outside of maybe an eBay fee. My 4 sold for $460, but it was off-contract.

    Thank you Kentucky for the verification.
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    actually, the person you sell it to could pay a site online to unlock it, or you could do that..usually $20 and you could sell it as an unlocked phone.
  6. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    For a 16 gig? Might be tough.

    Also there's the cost of a new case and a screen protector. AppleCare. Etc

    It's not a clean swap.

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