Can I Use iPhone Without Contract?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ardesigns, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. ardesigns macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hi guys. I just want to know if it's possible for me to buy an iPhone 3G and use it as an iPod (i.e. use it like an iPod Touch)? I was thinking this was too good to be true, but I read somewhere that activation isn't required anymore..

  2. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Yes, you can. If you want phone service without the contract, choose the Go-Phone option.
  3. ardesigns thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    So I can go to an Apple store, buy an iPhone 3G, and say I want the Go-Phone option. Then, will I be billed at all? Also, if I'm out of WiFi can I just turn off EVDO so that I won't get caught up in a trap where I pay for every kilobyte or something?

  4. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Keep in mind you aren't going to get the $199 price without a contract.
  5. ardesigns thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Looks like that won't work. However, jailbreaking is an option, isn't it? I can jailbreak the iPhone and not have to worry about activating it, right? Also, what would the price be if I didn't get a contract?

  6. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. Jayden0606 macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2008
    Bergen County, NJ
    Well to get the $199/$299 you will have to activate in-store. You can then jailbreak and not have to tether it again at home as it needs to be tethered within a certain time frame (I forget how long, maybe 3 days).
  8. zachplaysguitar macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2008
    Richmond, VA
    I don't understand. You don't want to activate it ang just use it as an iPod?

    Why not just get an iPod touch? It's cheaper, thinner and doesnt have features you don't need.. plus you can get a 32GB
  9. iblastoff macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2008
    how could anyone possibly think that you can just walk into a store and buy an iphone for 199/299$ and thats it???
  10. grimreaper1377 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2007
    Just get an iPod Touch. If you really want the iPhone, you can buy the contract-free version for $599 I think. But I believe it still has to be activated within a certain time frame (30 days?)
  11. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    your post (op) makes no sense. You want to buy an iPhone and use it ilke the touch, why not just buy the touch?
  12. upsguy27 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    Wait a second. I didn't even think the iPhone 3G was jailbroken yet. Are we talking about hardware unlocks?
  13. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Heh. I remember reading about some country where the officials confiscated a whole bunch of cell phones in some large public arena for some reason... turns out that they found that whole bunch of the cell phones were non-functional fakes, apparently carried around because they looked expensive or important.

  14. Stepper macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2008
    North London, England
    You can JAILBREAK a 3G iPhone, you just can't UNLOCK it yet ;)

    To answer the OP's question, yeh you can get an iPhone and use it as an iPod if you got money to waste :rolleyes:

    if you want an iPhone just to use it as an iPod then why dont you just get an iPod touch:confused:
  15. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    I think the OP wants the iphone 3g via Go-Phone option. He's either a verizon/sprint customer because he mentions EVDO and of course EVDO is a CDMA technology. That's where the confusion lies.

    If he wanted the no-contract option he will have to pay $599/699 8GB/16GB for the phone or else try to find a better price on ebay/craigslist.

    Than he would be better off using the mediamax unlimited $20 data plan only option the ATT Go Phone plan. Remember that mediamax Go data plan does not include any text messages.
  16. ardesigns thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hi guys. Sorry for all the confusion. Since the iPhone has a camera and a full-functioning mic (i.e. more features) for less cost than the iPod Touch, I was just wondering if I could buy the iPhone instead. Clearly, I cannot, so I'll just get the Touch.

  17. thisyo macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    True. I think I'll rather put a Turbo sim and get it going with any other mobile network.

    Which one is the best known working unlock sim out in the market?

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