Does anyone actually use the iPhone on AT&T w/o Data Plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bamaworks, May 8, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    I've seen conflicting opinions on the fact that users will get a ridiculous data charge if they don't have a data plan. Would this still occur if EDGE is blocked? On my current phone when I try to access the internet it give me a service unavailable error, does this mean I'm free to unlock an iPhone and just use it as a cell + ipod + wifi device only and not worry about some exorbitant charge at the end of the month? (FYI I'm on AT&T)

    Thanks in advance!
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2007
    I use an iphone with a regular AT&T plan. I unlocked the iphone and just put in the sim card AT&T gave me when I signed up for the basic plan. Make sure you download bosspref (I think that's what they call it) to block edge completely. I ran up about $35 in usage charges in about 5 minutes when I didn't realize the phone was not on wifi the first month.

    Also, AT&T knows I'm using an iphone because it lists the phone I'm using when I log onto my account. I haven't had any trouble not having an iphone plan and because I didn't get a free phone with my basic plan I didn't get locked into a 2 year contract.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    You would get ridiculous charges if you didn't have a data plan or block data. That being said, I can't imagine using an iPhone without the data plan. It would really become almost useless.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I've been using my iPhone as a Go Phone for a good while now, and didn't have data for most of that time. As long as you're in a wi-fi area most of the time (like I was, the whole campus of my college is a wi-fi zone, and my house has wi-fi) you should be fine. If you're not in wi-fi most of the time, then it's gonna blow. That's why I decided to get the $20 unlimited data thingy that they just offered for Go Phone customers, while school's off for summer :)
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Yeah, I'm on campus or in my apartment all the time (100% wifi coverage). I know my data, etc are currently blocked so I doubt that will be an issue, I was just checking to see if anyone had any contradictory info to what I've learned.

    AHDUKE, I disagree about it being useless. It still would have EVERY feature an iPod Touch has plus an external speaker, cell phone capability, and camera...
  6. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I wouldn't say it is useless, but for me I am always on data whether the internet or email. Couldn't imagine being without while using an iPhone on a daily basis. I use it a lot at work where they lock Wi-Fi for work laptops only, and they block most of the good webpages like Youtube.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    There are so many places you go that don't have wifi I wouldn't want to use an iPhone without the data plan.
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    I thought I would be the same way, but I ended up using edge a lot more than you think. I use it when I go out to eat, go to movies, stuff like that.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    I use my iphone without a data plan. I had At&t block edge for my account. I have not really had a need for edge data yet, as I'm winthin wifi most of the time. If I lived in another area where wifi coverage was not as prevalent, I would no doubt use edge.
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2008
    I could not live without the data plan. I almost excluesively live off of edge since wi-fi is blocked for my phone throughout 90% of my day and I can get on a computer for the other 10%. The edge is actually fast enough for me here.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Same here. Probably why I'm anxious for 3G.

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