How to Activate, Set Up or Buy an iPhone: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Apple's iPhone is one of the most popular smartphone devices in the world, but buying, setting up and starting to use it can be intimidating for newcomers. However, the iPhone features an intuitive interface that makes it easy for people of any ability to get the device up and running, and help is available when you need it.

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    You have two choices when buying an iPhone. You can acquire one as part of a network contract, which reduces the cost of the device but ties you to monthly bills, usually for around two years. Or you can buy an unlocked handset outright, costing more up front but allowing you to use the device with any SIM card or even as part of an existing contract. The iPhone is available directly from Apple both online and through its brick-and mortar stores, through Apple-approved vendors or from wireless carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint as part of their contract deals.
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    Before you can use your iPhone, you must activate it. This procedure informs Apple and your network that the device is now in use, and provides you with the connection details required to use the device as a cell phone. Take your iPhone to a rep in the Apple Store, the approved vendor's store, or the wireless carrier's store for activation. The rep will help you install the SIM card, set up country and connection details, and put the iPhone in working order ready to use games, email and apps. The rep will also assist you in buying -- or setting up an existing -- data plan, which the iPhone uses to connect to the Internet through cellular networks.
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    Launch the Settings app on your iPhone, tap the "Store" button and enter your Apple ID and password. If you don't have an iTunes account, follow the instructions provided by the iPhone to register an Apple ID and password. Use these credentials to sign in to the App Store, iTunes Store and iCloud through the Settings app. Once signed in, you are ready to download games, apps, videos and music, and to use email, calendars, contacts and other online services through iCloud.
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    Save bookmarks within the iPhone's Safari Web browser app to quickly return to your favorite websites. Tap the "Add to Home Screen" button when creating a bookmark to add these bookmarks to the iPhone's Home screen as an icon. Keep your Home screen organized as you download more games and apps from the App Store -- and create Home screen bookmarks -- by pressing and holding any icon until they all begin to shake. Drag and drop one icon on top of another to create a folder. Drag more apps into this folder, or create as many other folders as required to properly organize your iPhone.
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    The SIM card that was inserted when activating your iPhone connects you to the cellular networks so you can make and receive phone calls and text messages. The Phone app has a keypad that is used to initiate a call, or you can establish a call directly from the Contacts app. The Messages app is used for text messages, but also provides free texting to other iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users through Apple's iMessage service. These messages are sent via the Internet, rather than the cellular network. Browse the App Store to find games or apps you want to install on your iPhone; videos and music are available from the iTunes Store. Both these stores are accessible through native apps built into the iPhone's operating system.

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