So here's the deal, my friend here at the office was finally able to talk Rogers in to supplying him with a fully discounted iPhone 4, even though he was only just over a year in to his 3GS contract. Unfortunately they didn't have any 32gb models, and he didn't want to wait and risk being told yet again that he doesn't qualify for any upgrade. So the 16gb is in the mail and costing him $169- $30 for his inconvenience. So he is thinking that he could sell the iP4 for $500, the 3GS for $300, and buy an unlocked 32gb directly from apple. So my question is, does he have to activate the 4G when it arrives, or can he sell it unopened and use the sim in the unlocked 32gb? I'm just not sure whether Rogers keeps track of this stuff and I'm wondering if it would be better to activate the Rogers phone, then just remove the sim and sell it?
He should be able to sell it unopened and use whatever micro-sim he has activated wants.
I wouldn't see that there's a problem if he sells the phone he gets from Rogers. He should at least pick up his 32GB unlocked one so that when he receives the Rogers iPhone, he can activate his new Micro-Sim, apart from that, he's buying the phone, so it's his even though it's locked to Rogers.
I picked up a Rogers iPhone 4 for my girlfriend by upgrading my account, and I already had an iPhone 4, I didn't have any problems. He should be fine.
I did exactly what your friend wants to do. I received my Rogers 16gb phone, sold it via craigslist and bought an unlocked 32gb from Apple. I kept the included Rogers microSim and activated the new phone with it. No problems.