Do You Have to Pay for Phone Service?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zorg, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. zorg macrumors regular

    May 3, 2006
    If you buy an iPhone, do you have to pay for the phone service, or can you use it without paying?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    you have to activate it first

    if not, why would people buy ipod touches
  3. McGiord, Mar 8, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  4. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Are you asking if you can use the iPhone or the cellular service without paying?
  5. catachip macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    In order to use an iPhone it must be activated by purchasing an AT&T 2 year service contract.

    An iPod touch can be used without buying anything extra and would provide the same features as this theoretical iPhone without the AT&T phone plan/service.
  6. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    At least that is Apple's Line.... not exactly what happens in the real world.

    You can easily- and quite quickly- activate an iPhone, and use all that is on it with WiFi, just like an iTouch. Or you can drop in another company's SIM card, and use it on your existing plan, and never go near ATAT if you care to.

    So, yes, there are OTHER options- just not official ones.
  7. D3lta macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Cupertino, California
    Are you asking if you can use the phone service without paying?:confused:

    You can call 911, but that's about it...:rolleyes:

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