iphone activation question...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tweekskratch, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. tweekskratch macrumors member

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    I was just wondering... can you buy an iphone without activating it? I was thinking about doing this, and just using it like an itouch? I already have a free phone so I don't want to pay the ridiculous charges for an unlimited data plan. And considering it's 130 bucks cheaper (and basically an iphone w/o the phone), I was just wondering if it was a possibility?
    I guess I could always just cancel the plan after I get it, but I was also wondering if you can even get on the thing if it's not connected to an AT&T plan? sorry if this is answered already.
     
  2. aprofetto macrumors 6502a

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    Pardon me for asking, but you want to buy an iPhone only to use it as an iPod Touch?

    Why not just buy an iPod Touch?
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You can't from a store in the U.S.

    Buy from Belgium, Italy, or one of the other places it is sold unlocked. Be prepared to pay ANYTHING.
     
  4. tweekskratch thread starter macrumors member

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    again, 130 bucks cheaper for basically the same thing.
     
  5. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    It's doable, but you would pay the non-subsidized price of $599 or $699 plus tax and you would have to jailbreak and unlock the iPhone...
     
  6. tweekskratch thread starter macrumors member

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    so you have to activate it right there in the store?
     
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You have to get the data plan, but as you say you can cancel b4 30 days. You then have to pay fees though and make sure you don't miss the date. There is a thread about all the mess involved with that that is on here that was opened today or yesterday. You could also just get the touch.
     
  8. aprofetto macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I am assuming you're talking about a subsidized iPhone 3G ($99) ??

    AT&T doesn't just sell phones at subsidized prices to people off the street.

    I really think an iPod Touch is best for you.
     
  9. tweekskratch thread starter macrumors member

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    Sounds like the fees would defeat the purpose... I'll look for a touch. What about iphones that are on ebay? no plan, no activation... ? no? lol
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The fees are cheaper than buying a factory unlocked model.
     
  11. tweekskratch thread starter macrumors member

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    ya the $99.I think you're right.
     
  12. aprofetto macrumors 6502a

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    You're going to pay quite a bit for an iPhone on ebay.

    You could always try finding an iPod touch on ebay?
     
  13. tweekskratch thread starter macrumors member

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    so go with the touch... lol I was thinking I could pull if off somehow, but sounds like it will actually be more to go that route.
     
  14. aprofetto macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, no harm in trying to find a loophole! :)
     
  15. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Remember that the new iPod Touch is being delivered with a camera and a microphone and all the necessary ingredients to operate the iPod Touch via WiFi to be utilized with the phone options via phone apps.....:cool::cool::cool:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=750231
     

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