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I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: samintx
Date: January 27, 2021 08:40PM
I was thinking to get a new SE. my question is not about buying a phone it involves.......

Several years ago my daughter gave me an iPhone 6 for my birthday. She got it I think on a family plan that phone companies do some times. She never told me the details of the Verizon deal. If I get a new phone and move the phone card to the new phone will this void the plan I’m on now with her? Do I need To go to a Verizon store where they could tell me my phone plan?

I don’t want to talk to my daughter about upgrading because she would maybe want to gift me on my coming birthday.
I don’t want her to buy me another.

Can I buy a new phone and switch cards myself or does Verizon need to do it?

Thanks
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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: Gareth
Date: January 27, 2021 09:46PM
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Can I buy a new phone and switch cards myself or does Verizon need to do it?

99% chance you can just take your SIM card out of the 6 and put it in the new SE and be fine.

But, sometimes, newer features require a newer SIM card. This happened when we upgraded my boss's phone a while back. We later discovered WiFi calling didn't work on the new phone, even though the phone itself supported WiFi calling. Turned out the SIM card didn't support WiFi calling. AT&T sent (or we picked up) a new SIM (maybe for free? Which would have avoided the $35 bogus "activation" fee they like to charge when upgrading phones, but I can't remember if the replacement SIM was really free or not).



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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 28, 2021 12:29AM
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Can I buy a new phone and switch cards myself or does Verizon need to do it?

99% chance you can just take your SIM card out of the 6 and put it in the new SE and be fine.

But, sometimes, newer features require a newer SIM card. This happened when we upgraded my boss's phone a while back. We later discovered WiFi calling didn't work on the new phone, even though the phone itself supported WiFi calling. Turned out the SIM card didn't support WiFi calling. AT&T sent (or we picked up) a new SIM (maybe for free? Which would have avoided the $35 bogus "activation" fee they like to charge when upgrading phones, but I can't remember if the replacement SIM was really free or not).

This past year we needed to to this for two of our family members iPhones to get WiFi calling working with AT&T. I just called them, they verified that the SIM was the issue, shipped a new SIM overnight free of charge, and we called them again when the SIM arrived and did the SIM swap with them over the phone. Then WiFi calling worked.
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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 28, 2021 02:45AM
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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 28, 2021 03:20AM
My 12 mini is using the SIM that was in my OG SE and 5s.

I never contacted att, I just took it out of one 'Phone and put it in the next.

Usually the AT&T in the upper left corner of the 'No Service' in a couple of minutes.

This last time it took about four minutes.

Afterwords, as it all other cases, the SIM was acknowledged and it was business as usual.






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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 28, 2021 08:46AM
....wife swap.....



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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 28, 2021 10:24AM
The WiFi Calling quirk might have been an AT&T unique thing. It all really had to do with the age of the SIM, all SIMs produced after a certain date supported WiFi calling, and those before did not.

And I don't know how this will all work with Verizon, all of the responses that you got are from AT&T users. Hopefully just the swap will do it. It's really easy to test, just see if you can make a phone call with the new phone once the SIM is installed (you should also see Verizon and the signal strength in the upper left corner of the screen too). If not, it's possible that just a phone call to their customer support can get it working. Do you have a landline phone too, otherwise calling support and swapping SIMs at the same time is pretty much impossible.

And some of this may depend on how you order the phone, I've only ordered unlocked phones with no carrier or SIM associated with them. If you order it as a subsidized Verizon phone they'll probably need info about the account, and it will probably come with a SIM in it programmed to your existing phone number, and as soon as you turn it on, the transfer will take place. You may view that as a feature or a problem depending on your point of view.

And if you've never swapped SIMs before, you'll need a paper clip with the end straightened out to poke in the hole to get the SIM tray to pop out, it can be VERY stiff the first time and takes quite a bit of force.
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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: Gareth
Date: January 28, 2021 01:36PM
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And I don't know how this will all work with Verizon, all of the responses that you got are from AT&T users. Hopefully just the swap will do it.

I swap Verizon SIMs all the time, but between MiFi type devices. Although, come to think of it, when I won an iPhone 11 last year, we took the SIM out of my wife's iPhone 6 Plus (on Verizon) and just stuck it in the 11.
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Re: I have a question about buying a new iPhone
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 28, 2021 02:19PM
......good.......buy....



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