Does a used iPhone still have Internet access?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lllll, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. lllll macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    Hi, I'm new here. I'm thinking about buying a used iPhone 3g for the sole purpose of mobile browsing. I could go with the iPod Touch but that require a hotspot. I want to be able to use the Internet anywhere and anytime. So since the iPhone is capable of this, I would like to buy one. But I don't want to get the new phone with 2 year contract.

    If I get a used iPhone, will I have access to the Internet and everything else that comes with the iPhone (except the phone service).

    or do I need the 2 years contract in order to use the iPhone like an iPod Touch and access the internet?
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    You have to have a contract in order to have network access, which means a cellular contract for n number of years and a data charge.

    Otherwise you have to rely on hotspots and might as well get an iPod Touch.
  3. con500 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    A used iphone will perform as a new iphone would. assuming you dont buy a defective one. If you get an unlocked iphone you can use any sim card, maybe one with unlimited internet/data bundle
  4. lllll thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    thanks for the quick reply.

    so if I get a used iPhone and have wifi at home. Can I use the phone as a pc-to-phone (using some apps) and browse the internet? also, another reason I want to get the iphone over the ipod touch is the fact that it has a camera. :D
  5. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Are you asking if you can buy a used iPhone and get a data-only plan to use with it? If you know of an unlimited 3G data plan that you can buy without a cell contract, you should be able to unlock and use the SIM in a used phone. I don't think you can get such a plan on AT&T, though...

    You realize that you will still have to pay for that data plan, right?

    ETA: What do you mean by PC-to-phone?
  6. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Also keep in mind not all 3GS iPhones can be unlocked.
  7. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit

    You don't want a data plan just buy a touch a iPhone with out data or celluler Is a touch. Also if you use the search function at the top of the forum you will find many of these questions have been answered several times.
  8. gemz1000 macrumors newbie


    Oct 22, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    You must purchase a contract.

    There is a way around that:

    1- Buy a used iPhone from eBay or someplace. If you buy from AT&T or Apple Stores, you will not be able to leave with the phone unless you sign the contract. If you buy off eBay you don't have to worry about that.

    2- Once you get the phone, try signing up with T-Mobile and get a SIM with just an internet plan.

    3- You must jailbreak & unlock the iPhone using Pwnage Tool or BlackRa1n.

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