I'm buying a used original iPhone. Need data plan? Activation?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Doc69, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Doc69 macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2005
    My wife wants an iPhone but I see no point in paying $30 per month when she's not going to use the internet features. I already have an AT&T family plan for both of us. If I buy her a used original iPhone, can it be used without a data plan? Does it need to be activated? If so, what's the activation procedure?
  2. angel1286 macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    it is activated through itunes and the minimum data plan for the 1st gen is $20. i do believe that you have to have a data plan when the iphone is activated with att.
  3. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    The data plan is required with the iPhone activation which can only be done through iTunes. There is no plan offered that doesn't include a data plan.
  4. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    You can always unlock the 1st gen and use no internet.
  5. leodavinci0 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    If you buy a used 1G iPhone then you can cancel the data plan, for a total bill of $47/month, after you activate it through iTunes. I, and many others, have done this. There is now a way of cancelling the data plan online on AT&T's website under "Manage Features" in your account settings.
  6. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    I plan on holding off on the 3G iphone and buying a used or refurbished gen 1 iphone. If I purchased a RAZR phone off ebay and had it activated I wouldn't have to sign up for a contract. Im curious if I purchase the gen 1 iphone if I will have to sign up for a contract or if it will work like the RAZR?

    I figure the old data plan ($20) will be gone when the 3G iphone comes out. Thats not confirmed but I wouldn't think they would offer the gen 1 plan anymore since they no longer sell the phone.

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