Switching from one Verizon iPhone 5 to another

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by joshlogic, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. joshlogic macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    Last week I had a bit of trouble with my iPhone 5 and had to restore to 6.1.4. This weekend I purchased a jailbroken iPhone 5 on eBay, and it will be arriving this week.

    That phone is on 6.1.2. What steps do I need to do to make that phone my current phone? Is it just a matter of swapping out the sim card and restoring from a backup in iTunes? Will iTunes care that I am not on the latest firmware version when I activate? I want to make sure I don't screw anything up this time!
     
  2. HiddenPuppy macrumors 6502

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    Not sure about the jailbroken part, but I just replaced my iPhone 5 and it is on 6.13 and I don't want to go to 6.14 and so each time I plug it into iTunes I just have to cancel the update. So far that has worked.

    Not sure that is what you need as an answer. but hope that it helps
     
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    being that LTE uses a SIM card, i believe all that needs to be done is pop the SIM card in and go just like a normal GSM phone. if it was a 4 or 4S, you would need to log into your account and add the MEID/ESN to your account.

    wherever the SIM card goes, your account and number goes with it. once it authenticates on the network, you should be set.
     
  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Doesn't work like that yet with Verizon even with the 5. I swapped my 16GB 5 for a 32GB 5 and switched the SIM cards and the service still would t work on the new phone until I called Verizon.
     
  5. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    well, i guess they still need to manually tie the MEID to the account.
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't know why yours did not work, but mine did.

    I have a Verizon iPhone 5 and the camera would never focus, so I took it over to the Apple Store. They swapped me to a new phone by just switching the SIM and the new phone worked right away. I saw them actually open the box for the replacement phone right in front of me and swap the SIM.

    I wonder if maybe they scanned the barcode on the box before bringing the phone out and that somehow reported the swap to Verizon?
     
  7. anaqvi786 macrumors regular

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    Apparently, it worked for me as a simple SIM swap. If it doesn't work for you, then activate your phone and add the IMEI/MEID. I hope that if you restore, iTunes won't delete the jailbreak, but it is unlikely that it will. Keep us posted!
     
  8. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    now that you mention it, they did the same with me. but i was under the impression they had to input my MEID onto my account, but maybe they didnt. it may indeed be a simple SIM swap.
     

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