Calling only iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by appleva, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    I just got a new iphone, and i can only call. I am going through att. I didn't get a data or texting plan because i really dont want to.

    What apps can i use to work around this problem to text anywhere.

    Again, i dont want to purchase a data or texting plan.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    aDRock1154

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    I didn't think you could even purchase an iPhone without a data plan...
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought it with no contract.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    ... seriously? What's the point? Why not just get a regular phone and an iPod Touch for the wifi instead?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dislike the idea of carrying two devices.
    Anyways, it was a gift, which is why i have no option.
     
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    tymaster50

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    there is no texting anywhere. You wanted the phone only and you got it, so nothing with data at all. Sorry man, you lost. Unless you have a mobile wi-fi hotspot you will just have to put it on a contract.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    You wanna text anywhere? Get a texting plan

    You wanna get an app to allow texting anywhere without a texting plan? If it exists its gonna need a data plan.

    Simple.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok. Thanks!

    How much would the minimum texting plan cost? From ATT?
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    She says in one post that she bought it with no contract and in another post she says it was a gift. Contradict yourself much?
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    I have a similar question. I bought an iphone 5 for me but now I need to add a line for my parents. Is it possible on AT&T to add a line for $9.99 then give my parents my old iPhone 4 for that line with no data plan? Or will AT&T force me to get a data plan on that line also just because they are using an iPhone. My parents only need a phone to make phone calls but I would love them to have the functionality of an iPhone when they are at home on wifi, such as FaceTime. Thanks in advance.
     
  11. jsw
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    Not much less than the minimum data plan, and the minimum data plan would allow you to use iMessage, which would effectively give you unlimited texts to iOS devices, and other apps, which would let you text non-iOS devices.

    On the other hand, what you have is an iPod touch which can also make calls. You might actually get by with that if you're often around WiFi.

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    When I added my daughter with an old iPhone, they forced us to add a data plan. It might be different now.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The person who bought if for me bought it without a contract.

    Just wanted to make the question simpler. Sorry.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Why don't you get a pre-paid plan? They include text and data...
     
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    tymaster50

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    they probably meant for you to put it on contract, an iPhone without a contract is just an iPod Touch.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just simply put my old sim card from a basic phone into this iphone, and i could start calling.

    I can call, so its more than an itouch
     
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    tymaster50

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    what iPhone model is it?
    iPhone 3g, says iPhone 3G on the back
    Iphone 3GS say iPhone 3GS
    iPhone 4 has that one antenna on the top next to the headphone jack
    iPhone 4S has antenna's on the side
    iPhone 5 has the front centered camera and color coded antennas with headphone jack on bottom
     
  17. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a 4S.
     
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    BFizzzle

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    they will automatically enroll you into a data plan after a few days
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    Sorry. I should not have replied to you with this. It is just that it happens so often people saying 2 different things. It was not the point of your post so I apologize to you.
     
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    I thought that eventually you would be put on a data plan even if you don't choose it.
     
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    if you buy device only there is no contract. It's if you buy it at the subsidized price and try to cheat the system by selling it for full retail do you get screwed royally.
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    Get a prepaid plan. No data plan required. My mom uses an AT&T iPhone 4 prepaid unlimited texts and calls with no data plan.

    If you do contract you are forced to get a data plan.
     
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    Ok, ignore the the mean folk. I wonder why people that don't have something nice to say post so much... Anywho, they are partially correct. You can't text anywhere, as you don't have data, but I don't have a texting plan and can still receive texts. I think it just costs me thirty cents or so each time I get one.

    I only mention this because if the folks you want to text have a smartphone, you can get an app call WhatsApp. It's sends you a single text to get it set up, but from there, you can use it instead of texting for free... Though, again, in your case, the texts will only come through when you're somewhere with WiFi. I'd suggest Apple's iMessage, but it has the tendency to deliver as a text if it can't deliver over data... After like 5 minutes, I think. That means you'd end up getting most of the texts as actual texts, not iMessages...

    There are other apps that will do the same, but I like WhatsApp best.

    Hopefully, that will be of some help.
     
  24. lelisa13p, Nov 10, 2012
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    There's a free app called Text Free (made by Pinger) that issues you a weird phone number assigned only to use for texts. I used it on my iPod Touch for a while in 2009 before buying my iPhone. You give that "pretend" phone number to your friends to use when they text you and you use it when you text them, using wifi for all.

    Even after I got my iPhone, I used it when I didn't have a texting plan (charged by ATT for each text sent or received.) Just my luck, my friends/family couldn't remember to actually use the Text Free number so I was getting regular texts to pay for. :( Mobile Share got rid of that nonsense.
     
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    Order a prepaid plan from straight talk, net10, or h20 from online. They all include lots of talk, text, and a bit of data for $60 or less. AT&T is more expensive and for some reason doesn't do prepaid plans for iphones. They're no-contract post paid plans are pretty expensive.
     

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