UK/O2: iPhone 3G Question - Can I give it to family members after 3-4 months?

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  1. applemax macrumors 65816

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    Hi

    Might be picking up an iPhone 3G shortly as my current phone just broke! I'm fully aware about the new release in July, but I can't go without a phone for 6 months! My question is if I port my current number to a new iPhone 3G, and a new model is released in July, can I purchase the new model in July and 'switch the SIM cards' between the two iPhones?

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  2. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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  3. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    I dont see any reason why not

    Aslong as its an o2 sim you will be fine, I have used a std o2 sim in my iPhone and my iPhone sim in a std phone

    The only thing you might find, if you are talking about contract phone, is that you might not be able to get an upgrade and might need to get a payg in July
     
  4. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well my plan is that I get the 3G now, and when the new one comes out, I give my current one to a family member and I get the new one by 'switching their SIMS'. So there will be 2 iPhone contracts running simultaneously.
     
  5. Applespider macrumors G4

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    You're asking a question that no-one can answer

    1. There's no guarantee of a new iPhone in July
    2. There's no way of knowing whether O2 will allow people to upgrade mid-contract as they did last time since last time the phone wasn't subsidised and this time it is.
    3. Unless they go PAYG from the start on any new iPhone model (O2 waited 6 months last time), then you're not going to get a new iPhone without starting a new contract.
     
  6. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's not the question I'm asking. I'm asking if Person A can get an iPhone 3G now. Then Person B buys a new iPhone in July (if released). Person B only wants a 3G so we swap phones and put our SIMS in them. So Person A has the new phone and Person B has the 3G. I'm sure many people may have done this already.
     
  7. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    Yes ... the iPhone is locked to O2 so you can give them the phone if they're on O2 but they wont have the unlimited data etc cos thats on your contract (sim)

    You'll not get the cheap price when/if new iphone comes out, so you'll have to pay out £380 for the PAYG iphone .... if you're happy with coughing up that cash then by all means go for it
     
  8. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    Will this really be the case

    3g - 18M contract - unlimited data - phone number 12345
    New iPhone - 18M contract - unlimited data - phone number 67890

    If you swap the sims, the only difference will be the phone number, both phones will still have unlimited data, and the contract on phone number 12345 will be the same as it was originally, so will be eligible for upgrade after the 18M period
     
  9. OllyW Moderator

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    Person B is not getting a very good deal. They are getting a five month old phone (with only seven months warranty remaining) and an eighteen month contract.

    Person A is grinning like the cat that got the cream. Only thirteen months left on their contract and they've got a brand new phone with full warranty.
     
  10. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's a close family member who fully understands and is more than happy to do this. We just need to find out if we can.
     
  11. OllyW Moderator

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    Just remember the iPhones IMEI number is registered to the SIM card that it is sold with. If one of the phones is ever lost or stolen you will have to be careful how you report it.

    Usually when you report it you would just tell them the phone number of the missing phone. O2 would then block the SIM card and lock the IMEI of the phone that is linked to that SIM. Obviously in your case this would cause problems.
     
  12. whlphil macrumors member

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    Only problem i can see

    I know when i got my first iphone i registered and transfered an existing number to it, that was classed as 1 port of a number when 3 months later I wanted to transfer another existing number I was told by O2 that you can only transfer 1 number to an iPhone - that said without telling me 3 days later they transfered that number over.

    Above bit aside arent sim's and imei's tied to each other? I thought you couldnt transfer sim's between phone?
     
  13. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting thread.

    I was thinking of doing the same thing as my 02 contract is now up for renewal. I'd like to get the iPhone and then sell it off and buy the new one on PAYG and pay the difference.

    I could also wait - but it'll be a long few months lol... I just hope that the differences with the model, assuming a summer release, will be significant enough and not just a storage bump. Why oh why couldn't have they announced in Jan when I was hoping :p
     

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