I want to give my brother my old iPhone 1G...

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by maurysmusic, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. maurysmusic macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    ... but he can't afford the data plan. I've been looking around for info for a few days but I'm confused. If you can help guide me, I'd really appreciate it and I'm sorry if this question has been asked before.

    I got the new 3GS and I'm using it with my original SIM card, taken out of my 1G. Can my brother put his AT&T SIM card in my old 1G and use it as a phone & iPod without buying AT&Ts data plan? In other words, keep his existing AT&T phone service but use my 1G?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2010
    London, ON
    Yes he can. He'll have to call AT&T to make sure that he doesn't get charged data. That's what I did when I couldn't afford a data plan with Rodgers.
  3. maurysmusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    thanks for your help. I called AT&T and asked for them to make sure we don't get charged data but they said there's no way to use an iPhone without the $30 monthly data plan. They said if we just put my brother's SIM in my old iPhone and neglect to tell AT&T what we did, my brother will be charged overages for data use, and the iPhone will automatically update every few hours. There's no way to turn off data on the iphone or on AT&Ts end, so they say.

    Would an "unlock" fix this?
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    ATT still offers the $20 unlimited data + 500 SMS plan for the original iPhone.
  5. maurysmusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    Thanks Darn, but as cheap as it sounds my brother can't rationalize $20 more a month. :(
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    Just call up AT&T and tell them you want to to block data on that account. You don't need to tell them what kind of phone you will be using. You will lose SMS/MMS, too, but that can't be helped. There are alternative apps that let you send free SMS over WiFi.
  7. maurysmusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2010
    Rats, I never put 2 and 2 together regarding SMS... I'll bet he doesn't want to give up texting. I had thought it was just the internet he'd go without. He has no wifi at home, or at his local hangout/tavern. My bad. Thanks for all your answers.

    Just chatted with my brother again, and he would only want the iphone if he could use the internet, so I was wrong on 2 counts :)
  8. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    The original $20 data plan comes with 200 SMS.

    This is false. You will lose MMS but you'll still be able to send texts.

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