iPhone 3GS on Month to Month?

gan6660

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I bought an iPhone 3gs off of a forum member and was wondering is it possible to sign up for the $39.99 voice plan and the $14.99 data plan on a month to month basis? I dont want to sign a 2 year contract because I dont know how good att is in my area.
 

deeddawg

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Probably not, they may want a basic 12 mo contract.

Really though, AT&T are the folks to ask.

Remember also that there's a 30 day back-out clause; that should be plenty of time to figure out if the service coverage works okay for you.
 
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AddingApple

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I am interested in your results with AT&T. I would like to do the same thing on a month to month but am unsure of how to ask the AT&T store on how to get the SIM.

I've read if you get a month-to-month phone and put it's SIM in the 3GS you will get a txt message saying that your account will have a $30 data plan added. What I didn't hear is if a contract was involved or not. Would they convert you to a contract at that point? I don't mind paying the data charges. I just don't want the contract at the moment.

If anyone has a foolproof way on how to go about this I will give it a shot.
 
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gan6660

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I found out that AT&T doesnt offer month to month and they dont even offer a one year contract. I just decided to use the iPhone as a gophone and its works great.
 
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izzisdashiz

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Not true. I worked for AT&T until June. If you provide your own equipment, you are not tied into any sort of contract. I did this several times for people.
 
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AddingApple

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i thought if you told them it was for an iphone they wouldnt let you do it. Plus, the gophone doesnt have data? i heard that people were getting texts informing them of chargesmfor data.
 
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Irish Rose

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deeddawg said:
Probably not, they may want a basic 12 mo contract.

Really though, AT&T are the folks to ask.

Remember also that there's a 30 day back-out clause; that should be plenty of time to figure out if the service coverage works okay for you.
This is incorrect! I signed up with AT&T on their Month-to-Month plan with the 3GS, and I did NOT have to sign a contract at all.... I am now using the iPhone 4, and still not locked into a contract.
 
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gan6660 said:
I found out that AT&T doesnt offer month to month and they dont even offer a one year contract. I just decided to use the iPhone as a gophone and its works great.
You found out the wrong info then, because you do NOT have to sign a contract with AT&T, if you are bringing in your own device, or paying full retail for it through AT&T.
 
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AddingApple said:
i thought if you told them it was for an iphone they wouldnt let you do it. Plus, the gophone doesnt have data? i heard that people were getting texts informing them of chargesmfor data.
Nope, you can, if you are paying full retail for it. Doesn't matter if it's an iPhone or not. The month-to-month policy is the same.
 
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AddingApple

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so get a gophone and bring it home, put the sim in a 3GS from craigslist and you are good to go ?
 
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You found out the wrong info then, because you do NOT have to sign a contract with AT&T, if you are bringing in your own device, or paying full retail for it through AT&T.

I thought it wsa odd that they didnt offer that. Im going to give them a call today to see the prices and everything. I did the online chat with att and the rep told me they didnt offer month to month.


so get a gophone and bring it home, put the sim in a 3GS from craigslist and you are good to go ?
Not exactly. You have to get the gophone activate everything and then go to an att store and get another sim card and then stick it in the iPhone. I believe you could bypass getting the gophone and just getting a sim card and then activating it but Im not sure.
 
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gan6660

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i thought if you told them it was for an iphone they wouldnt let you do it. Plus, the gophone doesnt have data? i heard that people were getting texts informing them of chargesmfor data.

I didnt tell them it was for an iPhone. But I did talk to a rep on the phone and she said that it would work but that she wasnt supposed to tell me that because they want people signing contracts. And it does have data you just have to download something from a link in another thread that allows the normal browsing on the iPhone.
 
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SpaceKitty

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so get a gophone and bring it home, put the sim in a 3GS from craigslist and you are good to go ?
All you need to do is use the IMEI # from any GoPhone. Go to the GoPhone site and click on activate GoPhone. It will ask for the GoPhones IMEI # plus the # on the sim card and then it will activate. Now all you need to do is place the sim in the iPhone and it will now work. Just login to the GoPhone site to select a plan and you are good.
 
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