Getting Gen1 iPhone Cheap - use for data only?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Ahheck01, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

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    I've got a blackberry curve that I can't wait to sell. My buddy is giving me his iPhone for a great price, but I'd like to use it for ONLY data/internet/apps, not for calls or texts. Is this possible on any network with any service to do this? I don't mind hacking/unlocking/jailbraking, whatever is needed.

    What are my options?

    Thanks guys! Looking forward to finally joining the ranks.

    -Evan
     
  2. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    i don't think that this can be done without a wireless carrier -- how else could you get on to their network?
     
  3. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I assume so, but is there a way cheaper than a $39.95+$20.00 per month to get data on an iPhone if I'm not going to use voice/text?

    Thanks,

    -Evan
     
  4. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    go with a cheaper carrier -- at&t has far from the best rates. tmobile is cheap and the 1st gen iphone can be unlocked very easily and used with them.
     
  5. Four20 macrumors 6502a

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    become a wifi hunter like the rest of us :p
     
  6. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately, the biggest uses are while driving and while at work, neither of which gives me access to wifi, just the cellular network.

    What's the cheapest option for a unlimited-data-only plan for t-mobile that I could attach the iphone to that people have done successfully before?

    EDIT: If it's a service that can be used as a tether for my alumacbook, that's a plus plus.
     
  7. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    no you cant do this you just need to choose the lest amount of minutes/texts
     
  8. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If it can be unlocked to use TMobile service, why can't it use a TMobile data-only plan?
     
  9. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay, dream scenario:

    Buy a SIM from iWireless (TMobile in Iowa) with the $40/mo unlimited data plan, unlock iphone, use apps and internet on iPhone AND use for tethering with my Macbook.

    Someone tell me it can be done.
     
  10. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    i think they require minutes and such but idk
     
  11. Jess.H macrumors member

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    That was my thought as well. If it were this simple, wouldn't more people be doing it? :)
     
  12. rollingstart Guest

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    Why would you want a 2G iPhone for data with no wifi? Edge only? Slow as molasses, and don't even bother tethering unless you're used to dial-up speeds.
     
  13. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    Here in the UK we can just get a PAYG SIM, not use it for any calls or texts, and pay £10 a month for unlimited data.
     

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