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What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

wish4madness
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I have an iPhone 4S.  When the next iPhone comes out, I intend to sell my 4S on eBay to help pay for the new phone.  My question is, do I need to do anything special to my phone besides wiping the data before I send it to the new owner?  Do I need to get it unlocked?  Do I keep my SIM card or do I just leave it in there?  Anything else I should know?

Thanks!

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

rcschnoor
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Just wipe it and keep your SIM card.

You could have it unlocked if you want. Maybe it would prevent some of these posts on the forum asking how to unlock an iPhone 4S while in India/China/Mongolia/wherever when you are not a Verizon customer!!!

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

rcschnoor
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Just wipe it and keep your SIM card.

You could have it unlocked if you want. Maybe it would prevent some of these posts on the forum asking how to unlock an iPhone 4S while in India/China/Mongolia/wherever when you are not a Verizon customer!!!

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

wish4madness
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Thanks for your response, rcschnoor.  If I sell it to a person and I don't have it unlocked, will they be able to activate it?  I don't want to screw anybody by sending them a phone they can't use.  And do I need to warn them that it won't have a SIM card or is that just expected?

Sorry for all the questions, but thanks for helping me out!  Smiley Happy

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

crelin
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unlocking just makes it usable with other providers sim cards in different countries - it really wouldn't matter much in this case.  And yeah, I'd tell them it does not have the global sim if you keep it just out of common courtesy.

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

wish4madness
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Is it necessary to keep the SIM?  Or is it just as well to leave it in the phone?

Thanks again!

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

crelin
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SIM cards can potentially store personally identifiable information (although it's encrypted) so I generally suggest to keep your SIM card as a precaution.

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Re: What do I need to do to my iPhone 4S before I sell it?

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Shout out to all the community members for the assistance. We love each and every one of you for making the wireless world a little bit easier. As stated, all you need to do is wipe the device. You don't have to keep the sim card as it's for global use. Keep in mind, wish4madness, that we buy phone back from our customers. That way you can uset e funds to buy a new phone all in one transaction. Here's a link to have your device appraised. http://bit.ly/GGnDDC


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