EASY method - New data plans to Unlimited

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Nrwrit3r, Jul 15, 2010.


Did you do this?

  1. Yes, it worked.

    103 vote(s)
  2. Yes, it didn't work.

    42 vote(s)
  3. No, I'm sticking with 2gb/200mb

    107 vote(s)
  4. No, I already have unlimited.

    367 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010

    Guide written by Nrwrit3r (me)


    Items needed:

    "Dumb" phone, with the IMEI number (found in the battery casing) - This can be bought as a "go" phone from any radioshack, at&t store, walmart, ect for $30.

    iPhone sim information (found in general--> settings --> ICCID, write this down as you will be using the iPhone to call at&t)

    Access to your account for at&t


    - Call 611 on your phone

    - Click 1, 0, 0 (this is the series of #s you'll type in even if you listen to the automated voice)

    - When you get to an at&t rep, tell them you want to switch from your iPhone 4 to a non smart phone. Also tell them you have an adaptor to make the micro sim work in your non smart phone (they will tell you it may not work, just tell them you want to do it anyway).

    - Give the IMEI number of the non smart phone

    - Give the SIM number of the iPhone (have this written down beforehand since you're on your phone)

    - Everything should be set. They should confirm it's been switched.

    - Ask for the $30 unlimited texting, email, and data phone ***for non smart phones*** If you have a plan with unlimited messaging, you will need to disable this (you can add 200 msgs temporary for $5 per line), and follow the rest of the guide. If you have it enabled you can't select this $30 non smart phone plan. You can re-enable it after you have unlimited 3g data in 2-3 hours.

    - After it is set, hang up.

    - You don't even need to turn on the non smart phone. Make a call from your iPhone. This will make the system realize you're still using it.

    - You will get 2 texts from At&t (within 2-3ish hours):

    Message 1:

    "At&t free msg: did you know an eligible dat plan is required for your iPhone? Call 611 or visit att.com/iPhoneplans for details."

    Message 2:
    "At&t free msg: Your iPhone requires an eligible data plan. We have added an appropriate plan and messaging pkg. Call 611 or go to att.com/iPhone plans for info"

    You'll also get an email saying the same thing.

    If you log into your account on At&t's site you'll see that you currently have the $30 plan for non smart phones for unlimited data/messaging/email selected. Wait a few hours, and it will automatically change to $30 unlimited 3g data since you have an iPhone.

    ^ You will get a text message (this is a 3rd message) in 2-3 hours notifying you that you have the unlimited 3g data plan.

    Welcome to the unlimited club :) If you disabled unlimited messaging, re-enable after the change has been completed.

    **If you have not received info of the change after 4 hours, see below**

    I had an issue, where although others were getting the texts and having their 3g unlimited plans activated, I was not. I got the texts saying a plan was chosen for me, but I logged in online and was still on the $30 dummy plan. I called at&t. I told them I had switched to my dumb phone, and then was switching back to my iPhone (please note I had already done all of the steps listed above, so this was my 2nd call to at&t). I told him I wanted my unlimited plan transfered back to my iPhone 4. He did it! He had to enable 200mb plan for the iPhone and then change it to unlimited, but he did it. So, if you haven't received that confirmation text, try calling at&t and telling them you're switching back to your iPhone (this is after you've called and switched to the dummy phone).

    ^ Try mentioning that you'd done something like this before, and the last rep had to enable the 200mb plan THEN switch you to unlimited.

    Haha he said a survey would be coming and asked if he got a 10/10, I said yes. I have a feeling he knew exactly what I was doing ;)


    ALL credit goes to gadget88 for this thread.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    I'm going to try this out. If this works, I will LOVE YOU. P.S. Any particular phone you recommend I should get?
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    you can use any dumb phone
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    Hmm, I'll try a Razr I have laying around then. Will update later on today.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    Question, changing my plan doesn't take effect until the start of the new billing cycle it says. If I change it now, and call today, would I still be able to do this? I'm referring to me taking off texts on our family plan.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2010
    Just finished all the steps. I'll update my post with results.

    Edit: WORKS!! Checked the ATT website and I confirmed it IS unlimited data.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010
    Nokia gophone
  8. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    You realize of course that you are cheating AT&T and what you are proposing people do is actually against the law in many if not most parts of the country.

    You also realize that you have posted these instructions for committing fraud on a public forum that is most likely/very likely visited by AT&T personnel who will report your little scam.

    Remember all those people who thought they could get away downloading music for free and felt sure they could get away with it?

    Just a word to the wise.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010
    That's completely different, because downloading music illegally is not a loophole. People can change their phones whenever they want; if they change to a non smart phone and decide not to use it, then change back to an iphone, and happen to get unlimited data? No biggie.

    Don't forget you're not getting free unlimited...you still have to pay $30/month. So you're using a loophole to buy a service that isn't offered to some people but is to others. So it's more like finding a song on iTunes that was taken down and somehow being able to buy it.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2007
    Good luck convincing a jury that it is fraud when all the activities that these loop hole users are engaging in are within legal bounds and it is AT&T and not the user who has placed the subscription on the account.

    I can understand that you may be frustrated that some people may be gaming the system but telling outright lies to try and deceive people into not doing so isn't the way to go.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    You're from Illinois ............................. man this is just too good and can't be for real.

    Everyone ....... think of a special line from The Blues Brothers :D

    You could also be Dr. Kavanagh (Stargate Atlantis) ;)

  12. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Some1 in the other thread said unlimited data on a non-smart phone was $15. Couldnt u just add that to your line, then put the sim into an iPhone 4 and ull get the same text saying uv been upgraded to Unlimited Data plan?
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010
    No, this doesn't work. This is why you must cancel your unlimited messaging in order to do this (then the $30 messaging+data bundle appears).
  14. macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2006
    I would say that this is dishonest, but I don't believe it is illegal in any state.

    Please provide the statutes if you can find them.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    O cus i think my mom has unlimited texting already on our family plan. So all i would have to do is cancel that, then add 200 txt for 3 other lines and the 30$ one on mine, then after its all done change it back to unlimited text? Would this cost more money than usual? And can it be done all in one day?

    Also, could i just do this online? really dont feel like calling AT&T.. if not might just get a used 2G and use that method.
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010
    Yes, cancel it and add 200 txt (or tell them not to text for 2-3 hrs).

    Add the $30 one, and follow the instructions. Yes you have to call at&t because you can't do the IMEI number of the non smart phone online - they have to activate it. Honestly takes 1 minute to get to a rep if you click the #s on the phone that I posted.

    It can be done in 4 hrs.
  17. macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    US of A
    I love all the would be lawyers around here dropping words like "fraud" and "illegal" when they haven't got a clue. If what you say is true all the "AT&T personnel" hiding here would have ended the other "trick" long ago. Please post the text of the law which prohibits switching phones and plans and how giving AT&T $5 more per month is "illegal."
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    Voice mail

    What about voice mail? Would they change the voice mail for use on dumb phone, so the visual voice mail will not work on iPhone anymore?
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2010
    Maybe for the 2 hours you end up waiting, but after it changes your plan to the iPhone plan, you'll be in the same situation as a normal iphone user who has unlimited data and visual voicemail.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    Music has a copyright associated with it. It is the copyright that makes it illegal. This is a loophole in a civil contract. Chances are, law has not caught up to technology and has no precedence.
  21. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    go do your homework junior.
  22. macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    yep....I remember them....and not a thing has changed. Free music is free music and is available just about everywhere if one simply knows where to go. I think many, many more today now know where to go.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2010
    St. Louis
    So, if I read this correctly, I can use my Nokia GoPhone I used prior to my iPhone 4 to re-enable the Unlimited Data plan?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    I will have to try this. GF has a few old ATT phones.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2009
    Long Beach
    You need to write a guide for that ;-)

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