Stole an upgrade? How To Change Your iPhone 5 Number On AT&T

Tomorrow, the iPhone 5 will hit the doorstep of the millions who have pre-ordered the device for release date delivery. Many of these customers may have upgraded from a mother or sibling to get the new phone. However, those who pre-order via AT&T with a different number than the one they want to use will need to follow a few steps to use a different number than the number they pre-ordered.

AT&T has started sending text messages to those who have upgraded to the new iPhone 5, which will be released tomorrow. In this text, the carrier provides a link that is intended to assist those who wish to activate with a different number.

Even if you jumped over it information there Extremely useful for those who steal a family member’s upgrade to get the new iPhone 5.


Most people who pre-order via AT&T may want to change their number when the iPhone arrives.

For many, stealing a family member’s upgrade was the only way to get the iPhone 5 without paying a hefty ETF fee or waiting for an upgrade to arrive. AT&T is aware that people do this and has provided an easy way to change the number on the iPhone 5, assuming you want to.

Those who want to keep the same number attached to the order will not have to do anything tomorrow. Just follow the activation steps and you are ready.

And for those who change numbers tomorrow, here’s what they should do:

  1. Charge your device if needed
  2. Contact AT&T at 1-800-331-0500 or 611 from a different wireless device. When prompted, enter the wireless number you used to place your iPhone order.
  3. At the next prompt, select option 2 to activate your phone on a different mobile number; An AT&T representative will assist you from there.
  4. After speaking with an AT&T representative, turn on your iPhone, follow the onscreen instructions and choose a Wi-Fi network. If you don’t have Wi-Fi, connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with iTunes ( and follow the on-screen instructions.

We’re assuming AT&T representatives will be called tomorrow, so be patient if you intend to do so.

Once these steps are complete you should have a brand new iPhone 5 with a different number than the one you ordered.

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