Buying phone online for upgrade...activating later

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I want to upgrade my son's phone for Christmas since they have a really good deal on the iPhone 5s...$240 on tab small. I want to buy it online since I am not able to get to a Koodo shop. Just wondering if i can wait until Christmas to activate it and do I have to use the SIM card it comes with or can I just use the old one from the iPhone 5c.
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Goran, Mobile Master

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You can just use the Sim card in your 5c as both are nano. You can leave the phone in its box under the tree as long as you like, there is no need to do anything to "activate " it as you already have a usable Sim card and the line is open.
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The old phone should be backed up to iTunes on a computer, so the new one can be restored from that image. All the info currently on the phone will come to the new one.