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iPhone ESN Swap Procedure Details?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NathanF, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. NathanF

    NathanF New Member

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    I've just ordered a new iPhone 4S on my wife's eligbile upgrade, and have a bit of musical chairs to do with my phones as a result. I've read up on how to activate/switch ESN's on the Verizon site, but I'd like to clarify the details.

    Here's my current setup:
    Me: iPhone 4
    Wife: Old junky flip phone

    Future setup:
    Me: iPhone 4S
    Wife: iPhone 4

    The 4S comes tomorrow, and I'd like to switch over my line to it. I will then give her my iPhone 4 as one of her Christmas presents, but not for a few weeks. As such, I don't want to screw it up and accidentally activate it on her line (as it would do by default out of the box) causing her current phone to become inoperable. Let me know if this is right:

    1) Pull ESN number from iPhone 4S box/paperwork, go to Verizon site, choose activate/switch lines, go to mine, then put in that info on my line.
    2) Turn the iPhone on, go through iTunes, activate it (now on my line). Or dial *228 if it doesn't work from iTunes.
    3) Put my old iPhone 4 aside until X-mas, now not tied to any line since the new phone took it over.
    4) Night before x-mas, go to Verizon site, choose to switch phones for her line this time, put in my old iPhone's ESN, then activate via iTunes or *228.

    Any thoughts? And if it makes any difference, I am grandfathered in with an unlimited data plan, and she has a new plan along with the iPhone since she previously did not have data. Obviously, I don't want any of that messed up, but as I understand it the ESN's and devices should have nothing to do with that.

    Thanks for your help.

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  2. camstuf

    camstuf /\/\s.Super/\/\odette

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    Give your wife the iphone 4S since it's her eligbile upgrade.
    Keep your crappy iphone 4...
    You asked for any thoughts :D

    Other than that...
    When you are ready to swap, take both phones to a Verizon customer service center.

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