Existing ATT non-iPhone moving to 2.5G?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by xmich, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. xmich macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    Is this possible?

    A friend is upgrading to 3G and is willing to sell me his 2.5G cheap. I'm currently on an AT&T Family Plan. I put my SIM into his jailbroken phone and was able to place calls properly, my biggest concern is about the data plan. I don't want to pay $20/month when I have Wifi EVERYWHERE I go.

    I've read it's possible for me to simply disable EDGE and continue without a data plan, but that there's no clear definition about when your phone uses EDGE to check email and such.

    I understand I'll lose GoogleMaps and Visual Voicemail, but those are really not important to me. What I'm looking for is a cheap way to upgrade my Razr to a nicer phone (and iPod) so that I don't have to carry as many gadgets around, whilst avoiding any additional monthly charges.

    Is this possible? I don't currently have any fancy data plan for my Razr, if I want to browse the internet or download things it charges me based on how much data I sent. I've asked AT&T, but they'll lie about anything to keep you on the data plan so I'm not trusting them.

  2. jbt2008 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    I believe it is possible. I am planning on doing same thing, buy a used 'old' iphone and pop my SIM card in. You can disable the data plan each month, but I think you have to jail break it to be able to turn the data off. I have read though that you can simply not enter the EDGE settings into the phone and that will prevent it from getting data over EDGE. It can be done, I haven't done it yet, still waiting to find an iphone at a reasonable price!
  3. Jestered macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    You don't have to jailbreak the phone. You don't even need to unlock it. Just call AT&T and tell them you have the iPhone, but don't want the data plan. They will disable it and you won't be charged the $20. My brothers wife is using her iPhone exactly this way and AT&T knows all about it.
  4. jbt2008 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    Okay, so the data is switched off on the bill, but what about the phone automatically connecting to edge for email, weather stocks etc. My worry is canceling the data plan but the phone still connecting to edge and increasing the bill....
  5. doodads macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2007
    East BF, TN
    If the data plan is cancelled, the phone cannot connect to the edge network.

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