Original Iphone/Or 3g on Tmobile

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Dragomer, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Dragomer macrumors newbie

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    Just ran into a great deal today on an unlocked iphone 2g.... :)

    There is no 3g coverage in my area and I would not be able to utilize it anyways with T-mobile. Should I just go with a 2G or pay a lil more and get a 3G?

    I do not want to sign up for a contract through ATT obviously, so my only option is T-mobile.(I'm not gonna pay 20 bucks a month for the 100mb option Gophone Plan.) Now I remember reading about the old Tzones hack and as I understand it, it is no longer a viable option. I do not need any calling features, I only need data. So what is my best option through T-mobile? I have been reading about the total internet plan. Would that work?

    I have been jailbreaking the first gen ipod touch since it came out, but I am not very informed about iphone jailbreaking and activation.:confused: So whatever option you suggest please explain in detail if you can.

    Thanks :D
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Getting an iPhone 3G with T-Mobile isn't going to help you at all. Remember, T-Mobile doesn't have compatible EM waves with the iPhone's 3G radio.

    Any iPhone you get will be stuck at EDGE (unless Apple makes a T-Mobile version of it)
     
  3. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    3G would not be useful on T-Mobile, so I would just get the 2G.

    The only thing different that 3G added was GPS, and 3G. And you won't be able to utilize 3G, so it wouldn't make sense paying extra for it.
     
  4. Dragomer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For some reason I thought the 3G might have been a faster processor but I guess thats just the 3gs.:p

    Ok so now what? Pick up the first gen iphone and ....?:confused:

    I'm just wondering how people who use tmobile are doing it......

    The 39.99 total internet plan looks great to me. Instead of getting a phone I will just get the simcard and pop it into the Iphone. I just want to confirm with someone, or a few people that this does work. I do not want to go spend a few hundred bucks and it not work and have no way to return it.:D
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Sorry, but the 3G and 1st Gen iPhone have the same hardware (except the EM radio)
     
  6. Dragomer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just to clarify....

    I do not have an account with T-mobile.

    So what would be the best way to go about getting only unlimited data for the iphone without having to shell out more that 40 a month or commit to a long term contract?
     
  7. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    And the GPS. Oh yeah and a better word than "EM Radio" would be UMTS Radio or 3G radio :/
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Lol true, the GPS. As for EM radio, I'm just to used to calling it that because of my Electrical Engineering background.

    Others call it the Cell Radio.... or simply Baseband
     
  9. jdzialak macrumors regular

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    I don't understand what your trying to do?
    Just Internet and email? No phone calls or texts?
    You'd have to call them and see if they offer that.
    You'll have to unlock it either way.

    Joe
     
  10. Dragomer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I already have a phone through verizon that takes care of calls and messaging. I just want a phone that I can use to check email and browse with. I work/am in school 80 hours a week and most of the time do not have wifi to use with my ipod touch.

    This is the plan I'm talking about:

    http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Plans/...b1&rateplan=T-Mobile-Total-Internet-Rate-Plan

    I was able to go to checkout and where you have to select a phone I was able to select a sim card and have it shipped free to my house. I'm just wondering if this will work with the iphone, or if anyone else has done this.
     
  11. astrorider macrumors 6502

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    and the a2dp stereo bluetooth.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    If you plan on using any of the GPS turn by turn apps then the 2G wont work since theres no GPS chip in it. If not then go for it.
     
  13. Dragomer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ya I really could care less about the GPS I use G-Map US East (App Store) for that. Check it out!

    So this seems like it should work? Just order the sim card with the unlimited data and pop it in an unlocked 2g iphone and I'm good to go?:confused:
     
  14. Dragomer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I just found out they do not do one year agreements with the Total Internet package. Any ideas on some pay as you go internet with Tmobile?
     

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