Purchase AT&T iPhone without Activating?

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  1. techiegirl macrumors 6502a

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    A relative asked me if this is possible and I think it is, but I'd like to know for sure. They have a family account with 2 dumb phones and are eligible for upgrade. They would like to get 2 iPhones with their upgrade eligibility, but they would like to stick with their dumb phones. Instead they would give their iPhones to their kids.

    If they purchase the iPhones, can they go back to the dumb phones and avoid to pay the monthly data plan?
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    You don't activate GSM phones. You activate SIM cards. In short, the answer is yes.
     
  3. CuppyCake macrumors member

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    Not with AT&T

    If you purchase the iPhones with AT&T service, data is mandatory. There is no way around it. I have tried.
     
  4. techiegirl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Even if they are not using the iPhones?
     
  5. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    Apple sells unlocked Iphone now, so if you can do that and don't even need to activate it, you can use it with any sim.
     
  6. netslacker macrumors 6502

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    The phones can only be activated to the account / phone numbers they were assigned. Once active they can do whatever they want with them (but only they can activate them). During the activation process you will chose a data plan for each phone which cannot be removed from the plan until the new 2 yr contract expires.
     
  7. Jordan921, Nov 14, 2011
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    Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Wrong. Go back and read the OP. They are not going to be using the iPhones. They just want to use the upgrades to get the 2 iPhones for their kids and going back to the dumb phones. If they don't use the iPhones on their accounts and only using the dumb phones they can cancel the data plans. Also just because you signup for an account and buy a smartphone that needs a data plan you do not need to keep the data plan for the full 2years if you aren't using a smartphone the whole time. If you end up going back to a dumbphone you can just call up and have the data removed.

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    But they aren't going to be using the iPhones. They are using the dumb phones so the data plans can't just be forced on them. But their kids who get the iPhone will have to use a data plan no matter what.
     
  8. techiegirl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right. They are not going to keep the iPhones. They just want the discounted 2 year upgrade price. The parents are happy with the dumb phones.
     
  9. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Yea they should be fine. Data plans can't be forced on them if they are using dumb phones.
     

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