Congratulations on your new phone. Let's make sure you delete your phone's content successfully. Here is a link http://vz.to/1Kldb56 that will provide the steps on how to delete the content on your iPhone. The link does say iPhone 4 mode, but the steps are the same.
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This did not work for me. I have an Apple 7plus and i keep getting a message saying Verification failed there was an error connecting to the apple id server. All my pictures are still on my phone
Thank you for trying to the steps to try to erase your device. Is your old phone connected to Wifi? Please try again while making sure that device has data access to erase all of your content.