Upgrade swap questions

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by poose22, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. poose22 macrumors member

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    I am using my moms upgrade eligibility to get an iphone 5 for my girlfriend for christmas. I will not be turning the phone on as it can cause problems with the swap process. What I am wondering is:

    - When I call ATT and have them do the swap to my girlfriends line, will her old iphone 4 be deactivated right then and there? Or will it deactivate when she turns on the iphone 5 and does the activation on the phone on christmas?

    - And I plan on buying the iphone 5 from Best Buy and have it "not activated" when buying it. I can still have ATT do the upgrade swap even though I bought it from Best Buy, correct?

    I tried getting a hold of ATT, and was unsuccessful today, so I wanted to ask here. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Aslong as they don't activate it when you buy it you should be fine. Make sure you get a nano sim for your girlfriends line and have it ready to be activated on Christmas.
     
  3. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    In reality, you don't have to wait to open it and turn it on. Unlike CDMA model phones, your AT&T similar can be moved around as often as you please soblong as its a similar device. I believe if you get it from best buy, they will turn it on right there and actiave it under your moms line dice you are using her upgrade. I think its part of their SOP if you want the upgrade price. You might want to turn it on to make sure it works too. Nothing like getting a gift and but having it work.

    Either way, its a non issue since you will need AT&T to get you a new nanosim so you can stick it in fir your GF. All you have to do is give AT&T a call and they will get everything set up in no time.
     

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