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iPhone 2G Unlimited Data Loophole

elistan

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Specifically, connecting an iPhone 2G to a current version of iTunes will simply turn it into a iPod rather than starting the plan activation process. There's some speculation that running an older version of iTunes will allow for activation of the old 2G plan, but I don't know if anybody has tried yet.
 
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Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
Specifically, connecting an iPhone 2G to a current version of iTunes will simply turn it into a iPod rather than starting the plan activation process. There's some speculation that running an older version of iTunes will allow for activation of the old 2G plan, but I don't know if anybody has tried yet.

No, no matter what you do it doesnt work any more.
AT&T disabled it over a year ago.
Now all it does is activate the phone just like all other iphones without selecting your minute and data plan like it did before.
Party is over.
 
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CSpackler

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Jun 22, 2010
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Actually it still does work.

Yesterday my sister traded her iPhone 2G for my old 4. We are on the same family plan. She had the old $20 unlimited plan w/200 texts. (When we activated the 2G at the time, it was a pain to get the old plan. The guy in the AT&T store had to call further up the CS ladder to get it. But we eventually got it.)

I cut her SIM card down to fit the 4. She restored from backup and everything's fine. Today I check my account and she is on the $30 unlimited data plan now. She did get a text message about it. Tada!
 
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haxrnick

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So what you're saying is your sister already had the unlimited plan and just upgraded to your used 4? This is nothing new for her to keep her unlimited.
 
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Dwalls90

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So what you're saying is your sister already had the unlimited plan and just upgraded to your used 4? This is nothing new for her to keep her unlimited.

+1

This is different then someone being on a tiered plan and wanting to add unlimited.

The activation process, no matter the version of iTunes you use, will fail to activate the original iPhone. When you contact AT&T they'll only offer the tiered data plans.

If you want unlimited data I would look to tmobile or sprint if they have coverage in your area.
 
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CSpackler

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Jun 22, 2010
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So what you're saying is your sister already had the unlimited plan and just upgraded to your used 4? This is nothing new for her to keep her unlimited.

I guess the important thing is that we activated the 2G while unlimited data was unavailable for new customers. She did this in an at&t store, not through itunes.

So couldn't one buy a used 2G, take it to the at&t store for them to activate (getting the old $20 unlimited plan in the process) then transfer your sim to a new iphone? I guess it depends on if the rep is willing to get the plan for you.
 
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CSpackler

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Jun 22, 2010
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thanks... brah.

just so everyone is aware though, if you know a css that will put the old unlimited plan on the 2G, it will carry though when you change phones.

if they're offering tiered plans now when you bring them a 2G, no dice. what's weird is my sister got it after unlimited data was unavailable. the at&t store rep had to call a few levels up but they did it.
 
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