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    I've had an iPhone 4S for a while now - for so long that I can't remember what the process was like when I upgraded to it from my previous phone. So... how do I go about making sure all my stuff (I guess primarily I mean pictures, but also settings, app organization, etc.) gets ported over to the new phone? Assume I'm not syncing pictures to iCloud, because F that S in a post-Fappening world. Can I still accomplish this if I pre-order the new phone directly from Apple? Do I need to go to a brick-and-mortar AT&T store (has to be AT&T because I'm grandfathered into an unlimited data plan) and do it there?

    Along similar lines: trading my old phone into AT&T seems to be the way to get the most for it, they're saying $200 as compared to $110 or so through other places, but of course that's AT&T credit and not cash like if I sold it on Gazelle or something. Does anyone know when that credit comes through? Is it at the time of trade-in, meaning I can put it toward the cost of the new phone, or not until afterward?

    Edited to add: I know I could go to an AT&T store and ask them this stuff, but I would assume they will steer me to making a store purchase even if I don't necessarily have to.
    Last edited by jmh; 09-15-2014, 10:30 AM.
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    Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

    Originally posted by jmh View Post
    I've had an iPhone 4S for a while now - for so long that I can't remember what the process was like when I upgraded to it from my previous phone. So... how do I go about making sure all my stuff (I guess primarily I mean pictures, but also settings, app organization, etc.) gets ported over to the new phone? Assume I'm not syncing pictures to iCloud, because F that S in a post-Fappening world. Can I still accomplish this if I pre-order the new phone directly from Apple? Do I need to go to a brick-and-mortar AT&T store (has to be AT&T because I'm grandfathered into an unlimited data plan) and do it there?

    Along similar lines: trading my old phone into AT&T seems to be the way to get the most for it, they're saying $200 as compared to $110 or so through other places, but of course that's AT&T credit and not cash like if I sold it on Gazelle or something. Does anyone know when that credit comes through? Is it at the time of trade-in, meaning I can put it toward the cost of the new phone, or not until afterward?

    Edited to add: I know I could go to an AT&T store and ask them this stuff, but I would assume they will steer me to making a store purchase even if I don't necessarily have to.
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    • #3
      Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

      Just upgraded from an iPhone to an HTC One that I bought through the AT&T website. The store personnel have all been very accommodating with any questions, concerns, or problems.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by UncleRay View Post
        Just upgraded from an iPhone to anything else.
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        • #5
          Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

          I'm gonna piggyback onto this thread. Just upgraded to a 5s from a 3gs. I don't want to go through the whole story, but basically my 3gs is deactiviated so it's essentially a mini-mini iPad (aka I can surf the web and iMessage, not text or call) and my 5s is here, but the case isn't coming until Friday. Anyone know how to MacGyver a case together? I didn't have a case for like two weeks when I got the 3gs but I feel like I was just extremely lucky with that and would rather not do it again, especially since the 5s actually cost money to upgrade to.
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          • #6
            Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

            Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
            I'm gonna piggyback onto this thread. Just upgraded to a 5s from a 3gs. I don't want to go through the whole story, but basically my 3gs is deactiviated so it's essentially a mini-mini iPad (aka I can surf the web and iMessage, not text or call) and my 5s is here, but the case isn't coming until Friday. Anyone know how to MacGyver a case together? I didn't have a case for like two weeks when I got the 3gs but I feel like I was just extremely lucky with that and would rather not do it again, especially since the 5s actually cost money to upgrade to.
            I've dropped my 5S a couple times and nothing bad has happened to it. I don't use a protective case. The casing appears to be more sturdy on the 5S than they were back in the 3GS days.
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            • #7
              Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

              Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
              I'm gonna piggyback onto this thread. Just upgraded to a 5s from a 3gs. I don't want to go through the whole story, but basically my 3gs is deactiviated so it's essentially a mini-mini iPad (aka I can surf the web and iMessage, not text or call) and my 5s is here, but the case isn't coming until Friday. Anyone know how to MacGyver a case together? I didn't have a case for like two weeks when I got the 3gs but I feel like I was just extremely lucky with that and would rather not do it again, especially since the 5s actually cost money to upgrade to.
              I don't mean to be snarky, but couldn't you just, like, be extra-careful? It's only four days we're talking about here, not like I'm suggesting this as a permanent solution or anything.
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              • #8
                Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

                That's not snarky at all, and is certainly option #1. However, I haven't had the best track record, AKA a couple months ago I managed to somehow shut the car door on my phone. Luckily the case I have flexed enough to not obliterate the phone, but that's the type of stuff that could potentially happen.
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                • #9
                  Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

                  It sounds like the MacGyvering you need is to keep the phone in any location that you are not in.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Stupid Cell Phone-Related Question

                    Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
                    Anyone know how to MacGyver a case together?
                    If you still have the plastic that the phone came in, and a good razor knife and some duct tape, you might be able to put something together that way. Another option is to use duct tape, a razor knife, and an empty cereal box but that's a little trickier: you have to plan ahead to score the sides so that you can fold it up into a small custom-made box. Sort of like a cross, fold up four sides, fold the top over. A picture would make it really clear.
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