1. KeyPlayaJim's Avatar
    I recently replaced my iPhone 4S with a 6S, and am giving the 4S to my wife (who still has an old Motorola flip phone!). At the same time, I'm moving the 4S from AT&T to Consumer Cellular, which, of course, involves installing a new SIM card.

    It's going to be easier all around just to reset the 4S and then install whatever apps my wife needs, but the question is: Should I reset the phone before installing (but not activating) the new SIM, or after? Or does it matter? This phone is currently not activated, awaiting its new SIM card.
    11-16-2015 12:05 AM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore! It doesn't really matter which one you do first. Make sure AT&T unlocked the 4s before you attempt to activate another carrier's SIM.
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    11-16-2015 12:16 AM
  3. KeyPlayaJim's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore!
    Thank you!

    It doesn't really matter which one you do first. Make sure AT&T unlocked the 4s before you attempt to activate another carrier's SIM.
    The 4S is currently de-activated and has no cellular connection: The phone # was ported to the new 6S, which is on the Consumer Cellular network (they rent bandwidth from AT&T and so have the same coverage, but can be a lot cheaper). Is that what you mean by "unlocked" or is there more to it?
    11-16-2015 11:23 AM
  4. KeyPlayaJim's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore!
    Thank you!

    It doesn't really matter which one you do first. Make sure AT&T unlocked the 4s before you attempt to activate another carrier's SIM.
    The iPhone 4s is de-activated and has no cellular signal; the phone # was ported to my new 6S on the Consumer Cellular network (they rent bandwidth from AT&T and therefore have the same coverage). Is that what you mean by "unlocked" or is there more to it?
    11-16-2015 11:27 AM
  5. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Thank you!



    The iPhone 4s is de-activated and has no cellular signal; the phone # was ported to my new 6S on the Consumer Cellular network (they rent bandwidth from AT&T and therefore have the same coverage). Is that what you mean by "unlocked" or is there more to it?
    Many carriers "lock" phones to their own networks but last year congress passed legislation that requires them to "unlock" the phones once the contract has been satisfied. Older phones require the customer to contact the carrier to request an unlock. Again, this depends on your carrier and the agreement you entered into with them.
    11-16-2015 02:31 PM
  6. KeyPlayaJim's Avatar
    Good to know -- thanks!
    11-17-2015 12:16 PM
  7. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Good to know -- thanks!
    You're welcome. Happy to help
    11-17-2015 12:19 PM

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