Does this sound like a god idea? - Poor Man's PAYG 2G iPhone -

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  1. iParis macrumors 68040

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    So I was going to buy an unlocked iPhone 2G 8GB from one of my mom's friends' for $150 and just use it as an iPod touch with a camera and mic.
    But a couple hours ago a lightbulb went off in my head.
    I though, "why the hell don't I not just buy a cheap pre-paid phone that comes with a sim card or get a sim card."
    So if I did that would all the phone features like SMS and calling still work with the cellular service?
    And all the data stuff (Safari, Mail, Stocks, apps, etc) would all still work when connected to Wi-Fi, right?
    I was thinking of using either this sim or this sim, OR I may use the sim card that comes with this pre-paid T-Mobile phone.

    Thank you! :)
     
  2. bki122689 macrumors 6502

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    if it is unlocked yeah that should work
     
  3. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Awesome. Well, I'm not sure if it is or isn't. I really don't care, I'll unlock it myself if it isn't.
    Do you know which sim card I should get?
     
  4. Theaser macrumors 6502

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    Be sure to block data or else you get a heart attack when you receive your phone bill. ;)
     
  5. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    If it's on a pre-paid sim card then I don't think they will even have my address. Data... just won't work. I've used a prepaid phone before.
     
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    Not if u get a cheap plan from cingular pay as you go, which i am using on an unlocked 1st gen 8gb on 2.2 firmware, i use unlimited data pick ur plan and works perfectly;)
     
  7. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I was just planning on doing one of those prepaid things where you buy more minutes. And they will in know why have any reason to need my address, at least that's not what happened the last time I had a prepaid phone.
     
  8. aerospace macrumors 6502a

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    On tomobile you can get 1000 minutes that last a year for $100.
    Comes to about $8/mo.
     
  9. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Sounds good. Especially since I mainly text. I'm going to need to buy a lot of minutes if each text is a minute.
     
  10. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Another question, does it matter what SIM carrier I use?
     
  11. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Well, no if you're going to unlock. if not, AT&T
     
  12. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So if I get an AT&T PAYG sim card I don't have to unlock it?
     
  13. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    No because it comes locked to AT&T in its' original state
     
  14. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Amazing. I'll probably get an AT&T one so that I don't have to worry about messing up the phone when I upgrade.
     
  15. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    As a side note, $150 is a great price for an unlocked iPhone. I sold my old unlocked 2G 8GBer on eBay for $420. :eek:

    I don't think you'll run into any problems with the pay as you go SIM though.
     
  16. bki122689 macrumors 6502

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    one question

    when you put in another sim card from a prepaid phone, then when you use the internet data, how does it charge the data. Does it use money you paid for the minutes and subtracts from minutes???:confused::confused::confused::confused:
     
  17. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    One of the many reasons I won't pass up the chance.

    I don't think that data works on a prepaid type of deal, it'll only work when connected to Wi-Fi.
     
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    I can't speak for the US, but I believe that the "normal" way is for it to be charged at a certain rate per MB. So you have, say, $20 on your phone then use 10 MB at $0.10 per MB and end up with $19 available.

    Edit: Looks like you don't get prepaid data on AT&T based on what iParis just said.
     
  19. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ya... I've never heard of any carriers do that.
    Probably because most PAYG phones don't even have data features, other than some crap watered down browser.
     
  20. 504A! macrumors member

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    Att go phones have the option of just minutes or u can get a pick ur plan, me for an example, i have 200 mins and 200 texts for 29.99 and added unlmtd medianet for 20.00, i still have a "instink"which i use to make most calls. That's my suggestion as 2 what u can do.:cool:
     
  21. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So your phone is PAYG? That $20 for the data, how long does that last before it expires?
     
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    On pick ur plan u hv to set up automatic payment, so the data lasts until ur next payment and 1 of the best parts is u have rollover mins so if u dont use that many mins like i do it works out great
     

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