old iphone without data plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by chickdigger802, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. chickdigger802 macrumors regular

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    After I get my iphone 4, I'm planning on giving my old iphone 3g to my bro.

    Can he simply swipe in his sim card and use it fine without a data plan?

    The AT&T site is fairly confusing, in which they say that they have the rights to force you to use a data plan if your on an iphone without one.

    So can someone give me their personal experiences on this issue?
     
  2. Krayd2k macrumors member

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    I think u can it will be pay per use I believe which would come out to be quite expensive if he uses the network
     
  3. chickdigger802 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well his current phone has data usage 'locked off' so wouldn't that apply to an iphone because he's just swapping out a sim card?
     
  4. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Search the forum a little. You'll find people that have no issue and you'll find people who woke up w/ a data plan automatically added by AT&T.

    Either way, there is lots of discussion on this topic.
     
  5. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    AT&T requires iPhones to have a data plan. And I'm pretty sure you can't put any ol' sim in it.
     
  6. Krayd2k macrumors member

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    My wife used my old iPhone with her sim card and no data plan with no problems she had it for like a year
     
  7. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Well, SIMs are a universal standard, so yeah...you can.

    But that has nothing to do w/ the data plan, that's on the account. AT&T sees an iPhone IMEI, they slap data on your account...in most cases.
     
  8. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    I have three kids all who now have hand-me-down iPhone 2G's on our family plan. None of them have data plans on them for over a year.

    From what I understand, the iPhone 2G is the only one of the iPhone series that AT&T will allow you to opt-out of a data plan. I have seen 3G and more obviously, 3GS users, who have data plans inadvertently tacked on by AT&T, even when they've changed their APN so that they wouldn't even touch AT&T cellular data.

    Now with the iPhone 4 coming out, I hope they will change their tune, at least about the iPhone 3G model. The iPhone 2G's are getting harder to come by, at least in decent condition.
     

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