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Monday, October 2nd, 2023 6:22 PM

Switching phones between family members

Hi! 

Recently I upgraded my old iPhone 8 to an iPhone 14, with a trade in it reduced my monthly payments to around $12/mo.  My wife is considering trading in her iPhone SE (2nd gen) but now only the iPhone 15s are eligible for a trade-in.  We are both on the same ATT plan.

Can she trade in her old phone, get the iPhone 15, and then could we swap eSIM cards so that the 15 would be mine and she would take my 14?  Or would that negate the current 'no upgrade' installment plan I am currently paying for the 14?  

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ACE - Sage

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117K Messages

7 months ago

@ChristianRoman 

My plan was to order her a 15 with a trade in of her SE, transfer MY data and eSIM to the new 15 (so it would now have my phone number,

No...

If You order the 15 on her phone line, you must activate the phone on that line.  If you do not activate it on the line you upgraded it would void the promotion.  

Then you play the shell game with the Esim. Use the links below to move the ESIM from The 14 to the 15, and the 15 back to the 14.

Move your data to the new phone, then move her data off of the SE on to the 14

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210216

Or

https://www.att.com/help/wireless/esim-get-started/

ACE - Expert

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14.2K Messages

7 months ago

What you are suggesting will be fine. AT&T doesn't care who uses the phones as long as the upgrade isn't a new payment plan.

If she's just wanting the 14 (and you aren't particularly interested in the 15), it's $15/month with no trade in required. Then she sell the SE for whatever (small) amount she can get. 

2 Messages

7 months ago

Your wife’s iPhone SE (2nd gen) is not eligible for trade-in on the Apple website. You can check the eligibility of your device for trade-in on the Apple Trade In website. The iPhone 15 is eSIM-only in the US, which means that it does not have a physical SIM card slot. However, you can convert your physical SIM to an eSIM during the iPhone 15 setup process. You can also transfer an existing eSIM from your old iPhone to your new iPhone 15. It is best to contact AT&T customer service to confirm whether swapping eSIM cards would affect your current plan.

ACE - Sage

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117K Messages

7 months ago

AT&T does have a trade in offer which would allow the second generation iPhone SE.

The second generation iPhone SE is good for $350 off of the new iPhone 15. That's roughly $9 and change every month for 36 months.

4 Messages

7 months ago

Yes, thank you for all the responses.   I understand that ATT is only taking trade ins on the 15, and we could get $350 for her SE, so with that credit we'd be paying around $13/mo for 36 months for an iPhone 15.  Or we could simply get another iPhone 14, but there is no trade in deals for it, so we'd be paying $15/mo for it and have an old SE.  To me it seems more of a deal to trade in her phone and pay less per month for a 15 (although who knows if the 'excessive heat' issue on the 15s will be fixed the way Apple says it will) than pay $15/mo and be stuck with an old SE we can't sell .

And I know the 14 and 15 have eSIM (her SE still has a SIM).  My plan was to order her a 15 with a trade in of her SE, transfer MY data and eSIM to the new 15 (so it would now have my phone number, which I assume ATT can track and see I switched my 14 to the 15)... then blank my 14 and transfer her SE data to my old 14.  

MicCheck - you SAY AT&T doesn't care as long as the payment plans don't change... but on the home page of the account it's really clear that each phone has a name and number associated with it.  I'm nervous that if those change they'll say, "Hey, you upgraded your phone early!  

Community Support

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231.3K Messages

7 months ago

Hi, thank you for contacting AT&T Community Forums.

We're here for you. We hear you. You can swap the sims but the installments along with trade in credits on the line used for purchase will continue. Provided you don't change the plan or pay off.


Hope this helped!


Donald, AT&T Community Specialist

ACE - Expert

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14.2K Messages

7 months ago

I'm nervous that if those change they'll say, "Hey, you upgraded your phone early!  

An "upgrade" is starting a new payment plan through AT&T; it's not based on the phone you're using.

2 Messages

3 months ago

Hi,

I’m curious what became of your situation because I wanting to do the same thing with my sons phone on my plan. 

ACE - Sage

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117K Messages

3 months ago

It's a simple process.

1.  You upgrade the available phone line.

2.  You juggle esims.

    Apple quick transfer

Or

  Move at&t number...

3.  You use iCloud temp storage to move data.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212732

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