Using an upgrade on then selling - Question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cscottrun, May 21, 2014.

  1. Cscottrun macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2011
    So I have a 5 and an upgrade on two lines. I'm thinking about purchasing a 5s on one line and selling it (using an upgrade to get the subsidized price), than using the other upgrade for the 6 when it comes out.

    I remember when I purchased my 5, it came locked, and I had to enter part of my social security number (I think) when I got it. Is ATT still doing this? Will I have to open the seal, activate the phone on my line, than deactivate it, before I sell it?
  2. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    I believe it has to do with the SIM card that's placed in the phone. The SSN part is just so it can be added to your line and/or replace a phone. New owner can always put a new SIM card in the phone, especially if the SIM card is already attached to their account and can fit inside.

    This is all guessing, I sort of did something similar a few years ago - purchased an iPhone from my upgrade and gave it to a friend. All that was done was a SIM card switch and it worked. I don't know if this is still the case.
  3. Cscottrun thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2011

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