How to get the iphone working without a data plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rimmi2002, May 19, 2011.

  1. rimmi2002 macrumors member

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    Hi I'm I'm a current At&t customer. Wanted to get an iphone without the data plan. I was thinking of buying the phone from craigslist. Can I take that phone and plug my blackberry sim card in it and use it like a standard phone without a data plan or will I need to hack the phone a bit to get this accomplished. Please advice. Thanks.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nothing you can do if you're on post paid plan. With prepaid AT&T sims you dont need data but with montly plans their system will detect you're using an iphone without a data plan and will send you a text that it has been added to your account.
    You might get lucky and get away with it for a while but they eventually will figure it out.
     
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. If you are a post-paid customer, they will add it on.
     
  4. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    You may be able to just stick a SIM card in your iPhone but eventually they'll find out, it could be months though. You could always go the GoPhone way, I do this for my sister and she doesn't use data and just $.10 a minute. I pay around $15 a month because she does have text.
     
  5. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    What Applejuiced said above. I've used my iPhone 4 without data for ~30 days and counting as of now just fyi, but they will catch me sometime
     
  6. Orion126 macrumors regular

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    While tmobile is still its own company you can always port your number with them. They don't require data plans.
     
  7. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    Can't you buy an unlocked iPhone from another country and use it without a data plan?
     
  8. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    AT&T would STILL detect it and apply a plan to your account.:apple:
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    It doesnt make any difference if the iphone is locked or unlocked.
    Their system will detect its an iphone acessing their network without a data plan.
     
  10. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    I thought they had a list of IMEI numbers of iPhones, and they add a plan when they detect one of those phones. I was thinking (based partly on posts here) that they don't have the IMEI numbers of foreign phones, and they wouldn't automatically add a data plan since they don't know it is an iPhone. Though I'm sure AT&T with their crazy tethering detection methods could also detect an iPhone in other ways if they wanted to.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You can give it a shot but dont know how accurate those claims are.
    I dont think its a list of IMEI's but the system recognizing its an iphone 4 or 3GS for example. If you stick your sim in a foreign phone that AT&T doesnt even sell their system still recognizes what kind of phone it is as far as brand and model and it is displayed on your AT&T account details page within minutes.
    Same thing with a foreign iphone.
     
  12. mltaylor macrumors regular

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    I used an iPhone for months and months without them changing my plan. That was two years ago. I have the unlimited plan now though.
     
  13. mz100 macrumors regular

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    I have an iPhone 4
    4.1 jailbroken
    1.59.00 baseband so I am unlocked
    I got the phone on craigslist
    Went into AT&T without the pone and said I wanted a prepaid sim.
    You have to have a minimum of like $10 on there so I did that. They gave me the sim card.
    I went home and cut it to fit in the iPhone 4 (they won't sell microsim)
    Put it in my unlocked iPhone and it has been working for 7 months.
    Each month I simply add $60 on the prepaid card and buy the $60 unlimited talk and text plan and I get unlimited calling and texting without data on my iPhone 4
    This has been working for 7 months no problems/texts from AT&T
     

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