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macrumors 601
Original poster
Jul 28, 2007
Just a quick question.

My wife doesn't want her iphone 6 plus (silver/white). I got it as upgrade $399 (64GB) plus taxes. Selling it for $850 cash.

Phone is unopened and still in fedex box.

When I do the transaction (don't worry, it's in a super secure place with cameras everywhere inside building). Buyer may or may not want to open up the iphone.

But the issue is it's my wife's iphone upgrade. She's currently using the iphone 5S and at home. I am working and doing the sell.

So if seller just takes the nano sim card out and puts in his nano sim card, the phone should activate? Right? He has ATT so that won't be an issue?

Reason I asked this is when I got my iphone 6 plus (gold) from Apple retail store. I used my nephew's upgrade. When they gave me the phone, it deactivated my nephew's sim card (he's in california) and I am in Georgia. So it killed off his sim card and he had to go get another sim card in California.

Obviously my wife will be annoyed if this iphone 6 plus gets activated and kills her sim card while I am at work and she's at home with our 2 young kids. She doesn't want to go to ATT store to get a sim card replacement.

So what's the best option? Take the sim card out of new iphone 6 plus I am selling? Have seller activate new iphone 6 plus over wifi at my work place?


macrumors 68000
Oct 7, 2013
Miami 305
Your wife's sim will get deactivated. Best option is whoever buys that phone and will use it on AT&T meet you at store. Right there you can get your wife a new sim.


macrumors member
Jul 24, 2010
If you already have the iPhone and you wife's phone is still working, then you do not need to worry. The sim in the new iPhone can be thrown away. Its not activated and ATT would need to be called to activate it on an account. If it was activated, your wife's current sim would not work.


macrumors 68030
Dec 30, 2010
Why not just return it to Apple and get your money back. You do know she will not be eligible for an upgrade for two years if you just sell it, right?


macrumors G3
Oct 18, 2011
The safest route is that I would just return the device because if you don't, it uses her upgrade and she won't be able to upgrade for another 2 years. Once you return the device, she gets her upgrade back and she can upgrade later if she choose to upgrade.


macrumors 68000
Jun 22, 2010
You have to activate the phone with the SIM card it came with. When that is done it will deactivate your wife's phone. Then ATT needs to switch the phone off your wife's account. You then have to get a new Sim card at the ATT store for her phone as it will immediately shut it off. Phone has to be activated with the Sim card it came with its already preprogrammed with her phone number in it

My friend does this all the time and it's constantly shutting off his family members lines because he uses their upgrades to get the newest iPhone every year. and each and every year we have to go to the ATT store to get another Sim card for the family member who's phone was deactivated when he activated the new iPhone
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