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tal1971 Level 2 (245 points)
I'm sure I read somewhere about selling an iPhone, and having to sell it with the sim card that has always been used with it. I can't remember the reason for this, but I wondered if this is true?

The reason I ask is. When the iPhone 4 comes out, I will be getting one. I know the iPhone 4 will use the micro sim card, so I won't have any use for the sim card that is presently installed in my 3GS. So do I need to leave the sim card in the 3GS, for when I sell the 3GS on to the new user?

Thanks in advance

Windows Vista, iPhone 3GS 16 GB
  • RKahl Level 1 (35 points)
    When you sell your phone using craigslist, keep the sim card in to show the buyer that it works, also do a reset of the phones settings and content, then when the buyer is satisfied, remove the sim card.
  • tal1971 Level 2 (245 points)
    I will be selling my 3GS on Ebay, so I could always take some pictures to show the iPhone is working. So with this scenario, do I need to remove the sim card before posting the 3GS to the buyer.

    Thanks for the help, its appreciated.
  • RKahl Level 1 (35 points)
    Remove the sim card when you will no longer be talking on that phone.
  • Tamara Level 6 (13,730 points)
    You do not need to remove the SIM.
  • RKahl Level 1 (35 points)
    If you plan on using that sim card to talk on another phone until the iphone comes out, REMOVE THE SIM CARD.

    Message was edited by: RKahl
  • backintheiphoneworld08 Level 1 (70 points)
    whenever i have sold an iphone on ebay or graigslist i have removed the sim card. but FYI there are other websites that might offer more money. like nextworth.com cellforcash.com etc... just check it out you never know what you might find.
  • Tamara Level 6 (13,730 points)
    There is NO point to taking the SIM out since it will be deactivated and won't work if you plop it in another phone you have laying around.
  • RKahl Level 1 (35 points)
    Well since i've been doing this since last friday, you're providing false and misleading information to this forum! iPhone 3GS back to a Palm Treo 680!
  • synnerg Level 1 (0 points)
    Think about it for a second. Your sim card IS YOU - it identifies who is being charged for what calls. IF you leave it in, what do you think will happen?

    Now, if you plan on going to get another phone immediately -they will provide you a new sim card and the old one will then be deactivated. Any of this making sense or do I need a drawing board?

    Sell your phone with or without the SIM card - nobody you sell the phone to will be able to activate a used sim card, they will always get a new one.

    Now, for those that dont quite understand what I just said or have trouble reading:

    NO - DONT LEAVE IT IN
  • DCGOO Level 3 (760 points)
    NO - DONT LEAVE IT IN


    Completely wrong. Once the number has been moved to another SIM, it (the number) will not work on the old one. But the phone still needs to have the deactivated SIM in it, to do anything. It will still be usable over Wifi, iPod, etc. But only if it contains a SIM. There will be no problem activating a new number on the old SIM.
  • RKahl Level 1 (35 points)
    Security reasons: no you don't need to remove the sim card.
    Communication reasons: if you are going to use a temporary smartphone until you get the new iPhone 4, you should REMOVE THE CARD!!
  • synnerg Level 1 (0 points)
    DCGOO wrote:

    Once the number has been moved to another SIM, it (the number) will not work on the old one.


    Thanks for agreeing with me?

    DCGOO wrote:
    But the phone still needs to have the deactivated SIM in it, to do anything. It will still be usable over Wifi, iPod, etc. But only if it contains a SIM.


    How is this YOUR responsibility if you are selling the phone?

    DCGOO wrote:
    There will be no problem activating a new number on the old SIM.


    It is almost certain that AT&T will want to provide an updated SIM during a new line activation as the OP's description implies it will be used for phone service.
    It is also likely that the purchasers of the device already has a line and his own SIM - so your point ends up being moot.
  • madmax88 Level 1 (10 points)
    DCGOO wrote:
    But the phone still needs to have the deactivated SIM in it, to do anything. It will still be usable over Wifi, iPod, etc. But only if it contains a SIM.


    So tell me that when I take out my SIM and start browsing on WiFi, listening to music, playing games, and taking pics that my iPhone is not working and in fact shouldn't be doing any of those tasks?

    A SIM is not needed for the iPhone to operate it just wont be able to use a cellular connection.
  • Kwopau Level 4 (1,730 points)
    No you don't really need to leave the old sim card in it because once that sim card is deactiviated, it will no longer work and won't be reactivated again so you might as well throw the sim card away.
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