switch sim card from one ATT phone to another?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by audiman, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I know ATT uses sim cards that tie's your phone number to what phone its inserted into.

    I have a 3gs and also have a older 3g iphone. I noticed I can swap the sim card for each phone and my number will work on each phone.

    What I am wondering is, a friend of mine has a cheap slide LG phone from ATT. I know I can put the sim card from that into one of the iphones and it will work. I dont think he has a data plan so as long as he turns off his data feature on the iphone will it work fine on the new phone? Also will ATT get upset if he keeps the phone like that?

    I figured he could use it as a glorified ipod with texting and phone and use the data when ever he's connected to wifi.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

    Thx
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    As soon as the phone/SIM card is connected to the AT&T network, they will recognize it as an iPhone and add a data plan without notice.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea,

    In all honesty the cheaper 15 dollar plan isnt really that much more so it wouldnt be a big deal. As long as the person made sure to use wifi mostly.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    AT&T can detect when iPhones are on their network and if they find one without a data plan, the owner will be contacted.
    If the owner persists on using the iPhone, a data plan will automatically be added to their contract.
     
  5. macrumors 604

    wordoflife

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    In most cases, a data plan will automatically be added (pretty much 9/10 times). Just throw in the SIM and see what happens, but if they add a plan, it shouldn't be too surprising.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Try putting a data block on the LG's line before swapping. It will at least delay the data plan being added once you swap to the iphone.
     

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