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Can I wait to activate an upgraded phone?


Can I wait to activate an upgraded phone?

Recently bought an iPhone 8 for my son, who is currently using a 6.  I want to hold the phone until Christmas, then activate it.  Any issues with doing that?  His 6 is still working and he doesn’t know I bought the upgrade.  I am assuming I can just upgrade his phone on the 25th when I give it to him.  Anyone know if that’s an issue?

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‎11-29-2018 1:21 PM

Re: Can I wait to activate an upgraded phone?

Hello @DLM-NY



That's a great question!  You can wait till Christmas to activate his new iPhone 8 (8).

Make sure the 8 has a SIM card inserted before trying to activate it.  You can use the SIM card hes using in his iPhone 6 (6) to activate his 8, as they both use Nano-SIM cards. If you need help transferring your SIM, you can check out Device Support > Insert Sim Card.

If the Nano-Sim from the 6 does not work in your new 8, you will need to use the SIM that came with the new device and activate it by att.com/activations.



Wishing you, and yours the very best this Holiday Season!


Kenneth, AT&T Community Specialist

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