AT&T contract question...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PaulMoore, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. PaulMoore macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2007
    Hello- sorry for the rather basic question but I couldn't face trying to ask someone in an AT&T store...

    As a current AT&T customer is there any way of me buying an iPhone and putting my current SIM card in (without activating a new 2-year agreement)?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question!

  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    My understand is iTunes makes you activate unless you hack the phone.
    But you can put your current sim into the iPhone purchased from Apple...I am not sure if the phone will work though.
    AT&T doesn't let you leave without signing a new 2 year contract.
  3. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    They ( AT&T ) let us walk out with a new iPhone and no contract.

    Oh they tried to get us into a contract telling us it was " corporate policy ".

    I informed them the iPhone was to be used as a gift and the gift recipient would take care of any contract issues. Again the clerk protested but after I informed him that the real policy was to get the " NAME and EMAIL address of the purchaser " he sold us the phone.

    Then the guy tried to tell me " oh they changed that policy ! "

    I asked " when did they change it? LAST NIGHT ? "

    I told him to quit harassing us and sell me the phone or I would call corporate myself and report him and the store!

    How did I know that to be the policy, the night before I bought mine my son bought his at the same store from the store manager.
  4. PaulMoore thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2007
    But once you have the phone how do you activate it without signing up for 2 years? Can you pop in an existing AT&T SIM tied to an active account or do you have to generate another 2-year contract?
  5. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    You can't simply pop in a sim from anothet AT&T phone and expect the iPhone to work. It needs to be activated. Also, with the new 1.1.3, inserting another phones sim such as a GoPhone sim will no longer work in the iPhone. I was using one of my iPhones as a GoPhone in this way till I upgraded, then my GoPhone sim no longer works in the iPhone. I gave up and activated a new GoPhone account and now my second iPhone is a GoPhone once again. Now at least if I have to format the iPhone, the iPhone will activate with this sim card installed. Before when I was using my GoPhones sim in the iPhone, the iPhone would not activate with the sim in it after a restore. I would have to insert my other iPhones sim in it to actiavate it, then switch sims again.

    Hops this gives some understanding.
  6. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    My son popped in a SIM from a PREPAID account and made calls on it.

    HOWEVER you will eat up that PREPAID card in a hurry.

    ALSO you can activate an iPhone via iTunes without a 2 year contract, with a PREPAID PLAN.

    It's a 'trick' but legal.

    When you get to where you enter in your SS#, you input 999-99-9999

    It then flips you to where you activate it under a " PickYourPlan " pay as you go thing. ( a prepaid plan for the iPhone )

    I will try to find more information and post it here.
  7. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Here is ONE WAY ........


  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
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    The reason that iPhone puchasers are being harassed at the AT&T store is because cell phone store employees work on commission. They must hate the iPhone because it cuts into their pay.

    Apple store employees aren't paid on commission. I didn't have any problem buying my iPhone at the apple store.
  9. cjbrx3115 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2007
    Although you won't be able to do that, if you still want your original AT&T phone number, you can just import it to your iPhone when you sign up via iTunes. All you have to do is buy the iPhone, connect it to your computer, then when iTunes comes up and asks you whether you want to import an existing cell phone number, select that and off you go!
  10. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    The all 9's SS# will no longer work when signing up in iTunes, it will tell that number is invalid as is all 1's and so on.

    You can probably make up one but be careful, it now checks to make sure it is valid such as starting with 523 or another valid number.

    I signed up my second iPhone this way and got a prepaid account.

    Oh and I bough this iPhone at AT&T and was not offered to activate it there or preauthorize. I told the guy I was signing it up for a pre pay.
  11. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    Will this prepaid method allow you to then use a Tmobile sim card?
  12. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    The phone itself has nothing to do with cell phone #. The number is contained in the SIM card.

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