Selling my iPhone soon... what do I need to do?

callisto9

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I just got my 3G iPhone a few weeks ago and will be selling my 1st gen iPhone soon. I'm planning on selling it locally or via some of the forums I belong to.

What do I need to do to the phone? Should I do a reset on it? I'd like to leave the games/apps on there for the next person, but would it be in my best interests to reset everything on the device?

Also, should I leave the SIM card in or out? It isn't tied to anything, right? I mean, you can use all the features of the iPhone except the phone without it being activated.

Sorry for the noob-ish questions, I've just never sold a phone I've had to activate before. I want to make sure the person who gets it 1) enjoys it and 2) doesn't have access to any of my data.

Thanks in advance. :laugh2:
 

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restore and set up as a new phone. Take the sim out. Also wouldn't hurt to reset all settings.
 

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You can do everything through iTunes that you can do normaly. Take sim card out and the restore.
 

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I just sold my iPhone on Ebay and purchased a 3G. Here is what I did:

go to Settings, General, Reset, Erase ALL Contents and Settings. This will take about 1 hour to do. Then I plugged the iPhone into my computer and it opened iTunes. From there I disconnected the iPhone and was able to see that all of my data was wiped. I did remove the sim card before I sent my iPhone to the buyer.

Thanks,
Dan
 

callisto9

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I just sold my iPhone on Ebay and purchased a 3G. Here is what I did:

go to Settings, General, Reset, Erase ALL Contents and Settings. This will take about 1 hour to do. Then I plugged the iPhone into my computer and it opened iTunes. From there I disconnected the iPhone and was able to see that all of my data was wiped. I did remove the sim card before I sent my iPhone to the buyer.

Thanks,
Dan
Thank you for the tip!

I just turned it on today and at first I got the "Slide for Emergency" screen then I rebooted and it said "Waiting for activation".

Is that what it's supposed to say? Is this normal?

I am erasing all data and content now.
 

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Is there a sim card in the phone? If not then that is normal. Don't mess with the phone when your doing the erase all content. I would also plug the phone In to a charger.
 

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How do you go about removing the sim from the phone? Aren't Apple or the network provider meant to be the only ones able to remove them?
 

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How do you go about removing the sim from the phone? Aren't Apple or the network provider meant to be the only ones able to remove them?
No...Theres a little indented button somewhere on the phone that you press in with a paperclip. This will pop out the sim tray.
 

callisto9

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Is there a sim card in the phone? If not then that is normal. Don't mess with the phone when your doing the erase all content. I would also plug the phone In to a charger.
Yes, there was a SIM card (my old one) in the phone.

Phone is now cleared. When I first boot it up it says awaiting activation and there's a button to dismiss. I'm assuming that's OK?

No...Theres a little indented button somewhere on the phone that you press in with a paperclip. This will pop out the sim tray.
Karen, buy my phone. Make dual iPhone headphones with them! :p