1. ndstreet's Avatar
    I have a 7 plus on ATT now and will be getting my X on release day thanks to a 3am order. Just wanted to confirm I recall steps for when I've upgraded in the past.

    1. Remove SIM card from existing iPhone
    2. Replace old SIM card that I just removed into new phone

    I didn't include backing up and then deciding to restore or start new, etc. That is another topic. Just wanted to confirm that nothing has changed. I had heard some talk about going SIM free at some point, software based SIM, and other changes potentially. Also don't recall seeing the X has a different sized SIM card (I think the 4 to 5 jump had the need to get the smaller card).

    Had hoped that Apple made me pick an ATT phone, and I vaguely recall entering a phone number at some point in the ordering process, maybe they even did away with a SIM removal step and I just have to activate the new phone with its shipped SIM card? But that seems too easy.

    Bottom line - is it as simple as replacing the SIM card that ships with the phone or even easier possibly? Thanks.
    10-27-2017 03:56 PM
  2. sunnysideup22125's Avatar
    I have a 7 plus on ATT now and will be getting my X on release day thanks to a 3am order. Just wanted to confirm I recall steps for when I've upgraded in the past.

    1. Remove SIM card from existing iPhone
    2. Replace old SIM card that I just removed into new phone

    I didn't include backing up and then deciding to restore or start new, etc. That is another topic. Just wanted to confirm that nothing has changed. I had heard some talk about going SIM free at some point, software based SIM, and other changes potentially. Also don't recall seeing the X has a different sized SIM card (I think the 4 to 5 jump had the need to get the smaller card).

    Had hoped that Apple made me pick an ATT phone, and I vaguely recall entering a phone number at some point in the ordering process, maybe they even did away with a SIM removal step and I just have to activate the new phone with its shipped SIM card? But that seems too easy.

    Bottom line - is it as simple as replacing the SIM card that ships with the phone or even easier possibly? Thanks.
    I also have AT&T and don’t think I’ve ever had to replace the SIM. Phone usually works right out the box but I do always restore from a back right away so maybe that’s the difference.
    aidmyaim likes this.
    10-27-2017 05:30 PM
  3. LVMHgirl's Avatar
    I think the X has a nano SIM? Which is probably why they have to be linked with your current line?
    10-27-2017 07:51 PM
  4. ivanwi11iams's Avatar
    Since this device is a different format, I wonder if it's best to setup as new, versus a restore...
    10-27-2017 08:33 PM
  5. flyinion's Avatar
    I know the last time I upgraded on the Upgrade Program I went to the store and they just activated the SIM that was already in the new phone with AT&T and it disabled the SIM that was in the previous phone at that point. I'm assuming it will be similar this time though I'll be doing it myself since UP people were allowed to have phones shipped to them this year and we can mail back the old one.
    10-27-2017 09:56 PM
  6. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Since this device is a different format, I wonder if it's best to setup as new, versus a restore...
    I can't think of anything that would be affected by the changes, except maybe some wallpapers used. Some won't fit the new aspect ratio and resolution.
    10-27-2017 10:11 PM
  7. anon(10345530)'s Avatar
    You do not need to change SIM cards. If you ordered through Apple they asked for your number, zip, last 4 SSN, and linked the device to your account clearly stating your current phone will work until your new phone is turned on at which point AT&T will flip the switch on the new device. If ordered from AT&T the same will occur. When you turn it on it will activate. With respect to backup and restores. There is no reason you can not restore from a backup. I restored from a 7 to an 8 Plus and will do the same for my X. There should be zero issues...accent on SHOULD.
    ndstreet likes this.
    10-27-2017 10:54 PM
  8. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I’ve always restored from backup since before iPhone had iCloud. This is the first time I think I’m setting up as new. I do a lot of betas and notice restoring I always get little “quirks” on each phone. Like my 6s and then 7 wasn’t getting the same battery life I used to get on my 6 and below. I take it in to the genius bar and after diagnostics everything is top notch. This time I think I’m going to set up as new just to see how it compares.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    10-28-2017 06:54 AM
  9. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I’ve always restored from backup since before iPhone had iCloud. This is the first time I think I’m setting up as new. I do a lot of betas and notice restoring I always get little “quirks” on each phone. Like my 6s and then 7 wasn’t getting the same battery life I used to get on my 6 and below. I take it in to the genius bar and after diagnostics everything is top notch. This time I think I’m going to set up as new just to see how it compares.
    You will not regret it, sir....
    10-28-2017 07:31 AM
  10. sallenthornton's Avatar
    Has anyone had issues with using the upgrade for another line? I ordered the X using my wife’s upgrade, but I plan to use the new phone and give her my 7 plus.
    10-28-2017 03:33 PM

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