Is there a prepaid minimalist plan for an iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ensyed, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Ensyed macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2014
    I have a cheap pay as u go phone. It's a cheap ATT phone on which I added 100 bucks which will last up to a year. It's for occasional texting and emergencies only.
    I have an iPhone 5. Can I put a sim in there with 100 bucks for the same use as above. Minimal data necessary. It's a bit easier to use. Does any company offer such a deal?

    In the UK u can put in 1G of data which lasts 1 month for 10-15 pounds.

  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You will need to have a data plan for the iPhone if you were in the USA. Not sure about your area. I would call your carrier and ask what the cheapest plan they got. $100 would not last long here.
  3. Ensyed thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2014
    Ok. Thanks. That really sucks. US Customers get gipped.
  4. strayts macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
  5. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    The cheapest iPhone route in the US is either Virgin Mobile ($30/month with auto-pay), or T-Mobile's $30 plan. I don't know of any dirt cheap / minimal type plans that would work with it.
  6. SeilerBird macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2014
  7. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    T-Mobile's pay as you go setup might work, if you really don't use the phone for anything other than emergencies:

    $3 a month gets you 30 minutes of calls or 30 texts. Additional calls are billed at .10 a minute. There are addition pay as you go fees for data, if needed. They also have pay by the day plans on that same page, where you only pay on the days you actually use.

    Not sure if they have limitations on using it with smartphones, but I haven't seen any in the fine print on their site. And, of course, it's best if you confirm that T-Mobile has adequate coverage in your area, as their signal availability varies quite a bit around the country.
  8. ineel macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    Try AirVoice Wirless, they are an at&t MVNO so you use at&t's 3G network for connectivity so you don't need an unlocked phone, an at&t locked iPhone will work just fine. Their cheapest plan is $10/mo that includes 250min or 500texts or 150MB of data or any combination of those. Money is subtracted at 4c/min, 2c/text, and 6.6c/MB data.
  9. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    It's "gypped" and it is a racial slur against gypsies, which if you are from Europe you know are an ethnic group that the white europeans have heavily persecuted.

    Try picking a less offensive term next time, ok?
  10. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Better not say "rip off" anymore either.
  11. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Is there a prepaid minimalist plan for an iPhone

    He/She could use this and use something like magic jack to make personal casks so the 30 minutes don't run out. I believe the $30 plan is unlimited data so it should work out for him/her.

  12. didiee macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2007
    page plus is on verizon, they allow iphone on their network. you should check it out.
  13. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    What religion, race, nationality or ethnic group is "rip off" derivative of?
  14. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    It was also slang used for gypsies. They are rip offs. Rip off the shirt on your back.
  15. El Magnificante macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2007
    Pay-go options for LTE phones are limited; GoPhone offers it I believe, but it is relatively expensive.

    With an iPhone 4s or older you have more, and cheaper, options with the VZW MVNOs.
  16. cmdrdredd macrumors member

    May 9, 2007
    If you have an unlocked phone or can get Apple to unlock it somehow (I don't know exactly how this works) you can possible take it to one of the MVNO carriers like Boost, MetroPCS, Cricket etc. They offer some plans for unlimited everything for around $50/mo. They require GSM devices though as far as I know.
  17. rigormortis, Dec 20, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    cricket = AT&T (gsm after take over)
    metro = tmo (gsm)

    boost and virgin are sprint prepaid carriers and require sprint phones
    i heard they won't even activate used phones on sprint and you need to buy an actual boost phone

    the walmart $30 plan is great. you even get unlimited music streaming with it

    music streaming isn't available on metro pcs, even though its a t-mobile brand

    be careful about buying cricket phones, legacy cricket iPhones are CDMA and they are not unlocking these, and the CDMA network is in the process of being shutdown. where as the post AT&T cricket iPhones are GSM and can be unlocked

    wamart deal
    u need to go to and buy the $35 starter kit
    you get 100 minutes of talk + unlimited messages + 5 gb of data and music freedom for $30
    thers a way to get this with a $6 amazon sim card, but you still have to pay $30 to activate it

    this months stats
    tmoble data used = 4.24 gb

    iPhone says
    5.7 gigs used

    music 1.2 gigs
    wwe 2.8 gb
    system services 1.1 gb
    misc 552 mb ( this is Facebook, safari ,mail , speedtest, etc)

    so there is definitely 1.2 gigs of music i am streaming that does not go against my cap
  18. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    Cite please. My research indicates that the term "rip off" did not originate as a slur against gypsies.
  19. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    What's tmobile's music freedom? Is it spotify or beats or some other partner?
  20. tritron macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2014
    Well the wearable t-mobile plan with unlimited texting and calling for 15$ is much better it comes with ulimited data with 500 mb of high speed data.
  21. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    but can you put the sim card in a phone?
  22. tritron macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2014
    Yes as long is not tmobile branded phone. I am using nexus 5 from sprint.


    Yes as long it is not tmobile branded phone. I am using nexus 5 from sprint.
  23. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    You might try Ting if they're available in your area. It looks like you could get a plan for $15 a month. Supposedly GSM (AT&T) devices will be accepted starting in February. For now it's Sprint phones only.
  24. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012

    This is false. Att has plans that are text and talk only. No data needed. There are others as well.
  25. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    If using a smartphone, ATT's official stance is that you must have a data plan to go with it. I can say that they will automatically add a plan into post paid accounts without data on them when an iPhone is detected. How long that detection takes can vary, though it may have gotten more strict over the years. I have no idea how they handle pre paid, though I assume it would end up being similar and the system eventually switches the user to the plan with data.

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