Your Old iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Apples555, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. Apples555 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    I'm going to eventually upgrade to the new iPhone from the old 3GS (while keeping my old plan with unlimited data). What do people do with their old phones? AT&T has been pushing me to trade it in. Should I? Does the phone work without the SIM card?

    I've seen people on these boards say that I should ask AT&T to unlock the old phone and sell it online. Is that possible? If so, how do I ask them to unlock it and what does that do?

    Thanks all.
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Yes, it'll work as an iPod or for surfing the internet. You can unlock it after getting your new iPhone by going to and sell it but you won't get too much money for it as it's rather old. Personally, I'd keep it as a backup.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Depends on who you ask. Some repurpose them. Some sell them. Some keep them. Some give them away. Some recycle them.

    It will for anything that doesn't require the cellular network.

    Unlocking is the same for all devices -- it allows one to use a SIM card from a carrier other than what the device was locked to.
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    My old 3GS is a media device and my kids use it for games. It was my sister's, but she's on AT&T and so I can't activate it (I'm on Sprint). I used it to acclimate to the Apple ecosystem so I wasn't too lost when I bought my iPhone 5. It also familiarized me with jailbreaking.

    Anyway, I also used it as a backup phone. With Google Voice and Talkatone you can use it as a phone on WiFi. Talkatone also uses GV's messaging system so you can still text (using Talkatone) and iMessage still works. Just use an email address instead of a phone number.

    Still useful.
  6. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    I'll see if someone close to me needs (or wants) my phone, if they do I'll give it to them, or else sell it. May as well have someone else enjoy its use instead of collecting dust.
  7. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Takeshi74 is correct. There is no single way of handling an old iPhone.

    I sold my old iPhone 4S to for store credit, less of a hassle than doing the typical eBay/Craigslist private party sale, albeit it for less money.

    Having a spare iPhone isn't important to me; I do have a spare dumb phone though and an iPad mini Retina with LTE.

    More than anything else, I couldn't be bothered administering Yet Another iDevice. Two is enough (iPhone and iPad).
  8. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    One vote for here. I sell all of our old devices there and it's quick and easy. Shipping is free and you can get an actual check to deposit in your bank (instead of credit with Amazon and others). It's not the most lucrative way, but I'd argue that it's the easiest.
  9. Hustler macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    I'm keeping my wiped clean 3GS on the Bose sound dock with nothing but music app and pandora installed.
  10. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I still have an ip4s and I might need trade in with either AT&T, Apple, or Best Buy and I can buy an iPad Air with gift card and cash. :apple:
  11. Apples555 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    Thanks guys, I guess I have to decide what I want to do with it.
  12. Yptcn macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    I keep it as backup or use it when I travel with a local sim .

Share This Page