How to Transfer an iPhone 3G to Another Person

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How to Transfer an iPhone 3G to Another Person
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If you own an Apple iPhone 3G and would like to give it to another person, there are a number of preparations you need to make prior to transferring ownership of the phone to them. First and foremost, you need to arrange for that person to take over your service--or modify the phone so that she can use her own service on it. Additionally, you should remove your personal information (such as contacts and photos) from the iPhone 3G.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Transfer your iPhone service plan to the iPhone 3G's new owner if you use AT&T. Visit "" and log in to "myWireless Account." Click "Support," then "More Phone/Device Support," then "Transfer Your Phone." Submit the electronic release, which will require you to provide an e-mail address for your friend so AT&T can e-mail him an application to take financial responsibility for your account.

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    Unlock or "jailbreak" your iPhone 3G so that he can use it with any mobile provider if he doesn't use AT&T. Take your iPhone 3G to a computer or mobile phone repair specialist to have it unlocked or download and install "blackra1n," which you can find listed under "Resources," onto your computer. Connect your iPhone 3G to your computer using your USB cord and launch "blackra1n," making sure to click the "Make It Rain" button once the device "docks" with your computer. Eject your iPhone 3G and tap the "raindrop" icon to jailbreak it.

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    Remove any personal information, including contacts and photos, from your iPhone 3G. Delete phone book entries by tapping the "Contacts" button, then the name of a contact you wish to remove and then the "Edit" button. Tap the "Delete Contact" button at the bottom of each entry. Delete photos manually by thumbing through your "Camera Roll" and tapping the "Trash Can" icon or by connecting your iPhone 3G to your computer and dragging them out of its "Photos" folder and onto your hard drive.

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    Delete any applications you've installed, as well as the email accounts you've stored on the iPhone 3G. Delete an application by holding your finger down over its icon until it begins moving. Tap the small "x" in the top left corner to delete it. Delete e-mail accounts by entering the "Settings" menu and then the "Mail, Contacts, Calendar" menu, tapping the account you wish to delete and scrolling down the bottom of its page and tapping the red "Delete Account" button.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't worry about removing music from your iPhone 3G--when your friend hooks it up to her computer, her iTunes account will automatically replace your music with hers.

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