Cheapest phone that will use our AT&T sim card

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by B737, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. B737 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    Jersey Shore
    I know a little OT but i figured if anyone would be switching hand held devices for high risk environments (snowboarding ect) it would be us iPhone users...

    What is the CHEAPEST cell phone that will work with our AT&T sim cards that i can buy locally at a big box store (walmart best buy att store)?

    so far ive only found pre-paid AT&T phones for about 30 bucks at Wal-Mart, I did see cheaper phones there hanging but im not sure whether they'll work with our SIMs on the ATT network...

    can we use TracPhones? or am i stuck with ATT prepaid only?

  2. VenomousSVT macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    i think the tmobile phone will work but not 100% sure... it will work in the att prepaid though for sure
  3. joebobthehob macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    I know Tracfones are locked. I imagine Tmobile's prepaid phones are too. So unless you want to try to talk them into unlocking one of their phones just go with the AT&T Gophone.
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I saw get the go phone and just call it good. It should last you years since you are only using it during snow boarding.

    Now I have a pool of old AT&T cell phones I can pool from that I have put my sim card into because it was higher risk at the time but I have saved the old phones for a reason.
  5. B737 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    Jersey Shore
    well the rest of the story is this...

    i have been using a att GoPhone while on the mountain, it was $29 i think. but the phone only lasted about a month. (I ride a lot) it no longer recognizes a sim card... im assuming the phone has moisture damage from being in my pocket or pack, was slugging through 40" of powder last wed. not wet but definitely moist. I figured if there was an even cheaper phone that would work with our sims, regardless of the network, id go for it.
  6. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    Southern California
    you could always check ebay for people selling their 3+ year old dumb phones.
  7. 4phun macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2007
    You can also take the simple precaution of dropping your cell phone into a zip lock baggie. That will lessen the likelihood of moisture damage while engaging in out door activities. No need to remove most cellphones to use them as they work fairly well while still in the bag.

    This also works for hams and expensive ham radio transceivers.

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