iPhone with Data only and Skype?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by knemonic, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. knemonic macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    Skype has a deal where you can get a phone number and unlimited calling for $60 a year (been using it for the front door of my building, works very well).

    Anyone know if you can find a way to use an unlocked iPhone and get an only data plan with a provider?

    I heard the deaf can get a data only plan with AT&T for $40 a month but are required to prove of their disability.

    $40 a month with skype would be pretty nice though. You get all the benefits of the data and still get voice over skype. If they ever got tethering going, then I would even get rid of my DSL for home, saving more money.
  2. Tronic macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2009
    You can't be serious! 3g compared to broadband is like a horse compared to a car. No way in a Million years would you ever be satisified using 3g only.

    As far as a data only plan, I have no idea.
  3. knemonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    I love forums because people post not even taking into account what other people's situations might be like, assuming we are all rich and can afford the ultimate fast 16mbps cable connection.

    I am a grad student and currently can only afford the AT&T $19.95 DSL 768kbps dl. Clear wireless has a plan for mobile internet at $30 a month for 1mbps (which theoretically will be about the same speed I would get from AT&T).

    The point is if I can get rid of my voice plan and consolidate all my internet over one pipe and use skype, I would be in fact saving money and also have the ability to use internet on the move. The issue is if a carrier actually has a data only plan.

    The other thought I had was with Clear. They have the Clear Spot which turns their 4g data only connection into a MIFI, allowing you to get internet anywhere in range and use it with any WIFI connected device.

    With this setup, you would be able to use an iPod Touch with a mic and Skype and make phone calls, use internet anywhere on the Touch and a laptop, even at home. The only drawback is convenience, cause every time I would want to make a phone call, I would need to setup two devices (the Spot and then the Touch with Skype), more work than it needs to be.

    The honesty is there is this growing issue where carriers are having trouble meeting mobile internet demand. If they were to completely switch all their voice service to VOIP and dump all money spent on voice to their data networks, they might not be having this type of problem, allowing for cheaper internet access while still providing voice service, probably at one, moderately priced rate instead of all these add on fees (like text fees and $30 data plans).

    A thought, thats all.

    What's funny is for 6 months now, I have coped with a 768kbps internet connection (going from a 6mbps before grad school). I stream netflix onto a blue ray wifi player and all sorts of internet intensive actions. Most people can make due with less if they just realize they could. If I could double my speed, that is probably all I would ever need in the future, until they really start streaming HD netflix films.
  4. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    3G is not bad at all on Skype.

    To bad the iPhone doesn't have T-mobile's 3G bands. It's easy to get a data only service with them.
  5. knemonic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    So Tmobile does have a data only plan you know of?

    I know quite a few people who use iPhones on Tmobile, so it would be an interesting experiement to go completely data and use skype.
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    T-Mobile 3g is incompatible with most standard compliant GSM 3g phones such as the iPhone.

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