iPhone without contract on AT&T

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  1. docprego macrumors 65816

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    Is it possible to buy a 3G or 3GS from someone in a private party sale and then activate it on AT&T without any contract requirements? It sounds reasonable but I just want to be sure.
     
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    I dont have a link so I really should post this but somewhere on ATT's website it states that if any time its determined that you have an iphone without a data plan a data plan will automagically be added to your plan by default. This pertains to the united states only though.

    the only thing that you could do is buy an iphone from say ebay with no contract then set up the iphone through your current contract adding the needed data package without having to extend the length of your contract.

    so basically the only thing you gain is not making your contract longer.
     
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    I don't think he's asking about hiding it from AT&T. He just wants to know if he were to buy a used iPhone, and go to AT&T and say "I have an iPhone already, and I want to activate it, but I don't want to sign a contract," will AT&T let him have an iPhone without a contract, or will they force him to enter into a 12 month contract just because "they said so" ?
     
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    I recall reading nothing about AT&T allowing iPhones on pay as you go plans, so if they don't, there's nothing you can do.
     
  6. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816

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    This isn't pay as you go, it's a regular post-paid iPhone plan just like everyone else's, except there is not a 24 month contract. He can call AT&T anytime and say "goodbye."
     
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  9. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Correct, I want to be completely legitimate but contract free. If they didn't subsidize the phone at all, I shouldn't owe them a contract commitment, theoretically.

    Also that link was talking about someone who is currently an AT&T customer and has an existing account. I would be a completely new customer with a new account.
     
  10. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    AT&T will require a 2 year contract, even on an original iPhone that is activated even if it was activated previously for two years with another owner.

    I have an old 2G iPhone activated using a GoPhone sim. AT&T won't change your plan if you are using a non iPhone sim in an iPhone.

    I called AT&T to see if I could convert my GoPhone pasy as you go plan into an iPhone pick a plan which was a no contract plan and they said no since they no longer offer that for the iPhone. I told her that I was just going to keep using my GoPhone sim in my iPhone then and she said ok.
     
  11. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    100% possible. Go into AT&T and buy a SIM card only plan, in which they give you the sim card, you can add the correct things, etc, you just won't have a contract.

    Slap the sim card in your phone and go into mywireless to add the iPhone data plan.
     
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  13. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Who are you replying to? Quotes are there to use for a reason.
     
  14. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    :):):)
     
  15. ChaSSe macrumors member

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    Yes you can. Just let them know you don't need to buy a phone when you start up your plan. No contract needed
     

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