Selling on-contract iPhone ... to clarify?

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

  1. essential macrumors regular

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    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

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    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 601

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

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    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

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    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 601

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    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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