Swapping iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DotCom2, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    Hubs and I will be swapping iPhones. We will both have the same size Sims so no problem there. I also know to call AT&T to have the correct IMEI numbers associated with the correct phone, so again, no problem there.
    My question is, when I do the "Erase All Content and Settings" on each phone, do I do this while the sim cards are still in or do I take them out?
    Then or course, after the content is all erased I will swap out the sim cards to get them activated on the right phone. I just can't remember if I leave the sim card in while doing the erase or take them out beforehand?
    THANKS!
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    It doesn't matter about the SIM, and neither does calling AT&T for IMEI.

    My friend and I swap periodically (he has White iPhone 5 and I have Black iPhone 5), when we swap we just restore our phones, swap SIMS and then restore from back-ups and go on our way.

    The phone sends a signal to AT&T so that the correct IMEI number is associated with your account, no need to call.
     
  3. JohnLT13 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. my wife and I do this with no problems.
     
  4. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Okay, so I understand about not really have to call about the IMEI but what about the sim being in or out of the iPhone during the erase?
     
  5. DannyDrama macrumors regular

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    SIM info is separate from phone, your numbers etc will stay on the sim if they are there.
     
  6. DotCom2 thread starter macrumors 68030

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  7. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Just swap SIMs before you get to the part where the phone Activates, you swap it at any point before that
     

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