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Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 9:00 PM

Time Frame for Actvating Upgraded Phone

Our family upgraded several phones during a current promotion, two of which are Christmas gifts. While ordering, it said they would not arrive until mid-December however the two phone which are gifts have already arrived before December 1st. How long can we hold the new phones before actually activating them? We are also dealing with trade-ins.

The only information I can find is that the old phone must be returned within 30 days of activation but can’t locate how long we have to activate the new ones.


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3 years ago

That's a great question, @Mindy5479

It is the Holiday Season and we do get asked about gift device activation often so we'll be happy to answer you question. 

Service must be activated within 14 days of shipment or If you have already accepted the T&C, we may activate for you within 7 days of shipment.

You can check out Guide to Activation - Let's get started for more information. Please let us know if we can provide additional support. Thank you! 

Keny, AT&T Community Specialist 

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