Did AT&T scam me?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mrat93, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. mrat93 macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
    I am one of the younger iPhone owners out there who lives in a community where these things would be stolen in a heartbeat. Me and my father agreed that if I got an iPhone, that I would also use one of his older phones to take to school/town at night. The clerk at the AT&T store said the best solution is to get a pre-paid plan for the older phone. I paid $150 for $1 for each day of use + $0.10 per minute. It didn't hit me till today. Could I have saved $150 by just switching out the SIM cards using the same iPhone plan on the other phone?
  2. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    American living in Canada
    hmmmm that's a reeeeally good point. I may have heard elsewhere that iPhone SIM cards work fine in other AT&T phones. Take it back if you find out that you can do that. Good luck!
  3. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA

    Yeah sounds like you could have just picked up a cheap second phone and used it as your backup phone. Switched out SIM cards as needed.
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Correct. An iPhone SIM works perfectly in other phones (AT&T locked or unlocked GSM.) I can confirm this, as I have used my iPhone SIM on four different phones.

    The locking comes in that the iPhone itself will *ONLY* work with the SIM it is registered with. It won't work with any other AT&T SIM, including another iPhone's SIM. (And it definitely won't work on another GSM provider.) (Caveat: People have figured out ways around this, I'm talking only about an unhacked iPhone.)
  5. sirnick4 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2007
    Yep, you got screwed over.

    I also have switched out my "iPhone SIM" with other phones and, it works perfectly.
  6. Canuck4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2007
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Dropping $150 on a pre-paid plan at once seems kind of insane in general... :( Yeah, I's sowwies. You should call them and see if there's anything they can do for you, although there may not be.

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