does my S9 have to be activated in order to transfer data from my old android phone
You can use samsung switch to either grab information via a cable or if your stuff is saved in samsung backup you can easily restore.
cable method not successful. does S9 need to be carrier activated first
Have you tried using Smart Switch with your devices?
No. All you need is WiFi or the cable to transfer via that.
neither method is successful. that;s why I am wondering if S9 has to be carrier activated first
@TheGrandMaster wrote:No. All you need is WiFi or the cable to transfer via that.