iPhone 8(+) What happens to iMessages when switching carriers?

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  1. zipazane macrumors newbie

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    Have an AT&T iPhone 8+ that I have an unlock code for as I will be switching from AT&T to T-mobile. Is it as simple as switching out the sim card or do I need to do something else to keep existing messages/send and receive new ones?

    Thanks
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Well, iMessage has nothing to do with your carrier at all. You can be reached via your phone number, because an alias is essentially created on Apple's end linking your phone number to your Apple account.

    I've only ever tried switching operators keeping my number, but I'd assume it auto-detects it's a new number and just works it out.
     
  3. zipazane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm keeping the same number. Just want to know if I need to do something else since I'm switching carriers.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    I switched from Sprint to T-Mobile in 2015. We backed up old phones and restored to new phones. Don't recall missing any messages in between - although there was a four hour period before I could head to the store and port out. During that time both old and new phones were off.

    iMessage found our phones without an issue. It was SMS that I had to go back to every freakin' account it was registered with (doctors offices, etc) and start things over again.
     
  5. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    If you keep the same number, there's literally nothing different from the perspective of iMessage
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    The beauty of iMessages is that they have nothing to do with your carrier. There're sent through the internet (wi-fi or data), not through your cellular service provider like SMS texts. You can turn off cellular reception all together (ie. Airplane mode) and just activate wi-fi and still send and receive iMessages like normal.
     
  7. mjschabow macrumors 68020

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    The only thing that changes is the shade of blue.
     
  8. nburwell macrumors 601

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    Exactly. When I moved from AT&T to T-Mobile two years ago, nothing was needed on my end. Just popped out my AT&T SIM and inserted the T-Mobile SIM and activated the latter on my iPhone.
     
  9. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    i'm not sure I understand what you're saying here? I assume it's some form of joke?
     
  10. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    iMessage does not car about service. Only that you have data. Nothing will change.
     
  11. zipazane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone. Just switched to T-mobile and it was super easy.
     
  12. Ebok Suspended

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    The shade of blue changes man. EVERYONE knows this, except you.
     
  13. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    ... Don't think you can woosh me, mate..... It deffoes doesn't.... I'll need proof before I believe that
     
  14. Ebok Suspended

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    The joke went over your head the first time. It’s okay tho, it happens
    :p
     
  15. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Oh cruel world :'(
    Hehe;)
     

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