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Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

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Whiz Kid

Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

Hello!

I'm looking to upgrade to a new iPhone 8 Plus, but I do not want to participate in the Inner Circle Plan, as my grandfathered legacy plan seems to fit my needs better. I currently have an iPhone 5S. Since most SIM cards are tied to the phone they are used in, I realize I can't just pop my old SIM card out and put it in the 8 Plus when I get it. Here's my question:

-Is there a way for me to get a new SIM card for my new iPhone without having to switch to Inner Circle? I don't mind paying for a new SIM card if I have to. 

-Can I buy the unlocked iPhone 8 Plus directly from Apple to use on Virgin Mobile or do I need to wait to buy it after Virgin Mobile starts offering it on their website?

Thanks!

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Wizard

Re: Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

1) getting a sim card is simple--the Apple Store provides them on request and they can also be purchased from a number of sources.  Three different models work: a)SIMGLW436C, b)SIMOLW416C and c) SIMOLW506C.  So getting a sim card is not linked to joining the Inner Circle.  Using the phone on Virgin Mobile is apparently contingent on using the Inner Circle.

 

2) the sim free (unlocked version) certainly is technically capable of operating on Virgin Mobile but that is not the important thing.  The key issue is whether Sprint will allow it to work on Virgin Mobile, at least initially.  There is no way to know that in advance since the issue is one of whether the IMEI is whitelisted or not.

 

If you want absolute certainty, the safest course is to wait until Virgin Mobile announces its policy.

 

An alternative approach would be to obtain the phone and sim from Apple and see if it can be activated on Virgin Mobile.  That can be done without opening the box.  If activation is not possible, the phone could be returned within 14 days for a refund/sold/or used elsewhere.

 

 

Whiz Kid

Re: Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

Okay, so now that they have announced the 8 Plus, does that mean I will HAVE to use the inner circle plan when I order a new phone through Virgin?

Agent

Re: Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

Hey there, @eleavitt3! We truly apologize for the late reply!

 

If you have a Data Love plan, you can upgrade to the latest iPhone models while keeping the same Data Love deal.

 

When you are ready to make the upgrade after having bought the new iPhone, please let us know.

 

We'll be pleased to serve you!

 

RB-1991 (Robert)

Whiz Kid

Re: Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

I just purchased my daughter the new Iphone 8 plus directly from Apple. I want to activate it on her existing Virgin Mobile plan and NOT upgrade to the Inner Circle. How do I do this? Nothing so far has worked. She called Virgin mobile who told her she needed a new SIM card that she could get from Apple. But apple support didn't relay that same info. Now what? I have an anxious teenager up my ass to get this activated! Smiley Happy 

Agent

Re: Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

Hey there @Modum13 Did you explain at the Apple store that you needed a SIM card for the Inner Circle?  In order for you to activate the device you need to have the SIM card.

 

~JoyP.

Wizard

Re: Upgrading to iPhone 8 Plus with Legacy Plan

Here is what you need.

Get the correct sim. The Apple Store may give you one for free. You can order it online from several places—Ting is a good source. You can also pick it up at Best Buy —it is the 3-1. Boost Mobile kit that costs $10.

MAKE SURE YOU GET SIMOLW416Q.

You must sign up for the Inner Circle. You can return to your current plan if you do so within the first 30 days by contacting an agent .

After that you cannot.


Good luck!