"Re-lock" iPhone to AT&T?

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  1. isaaclimdc macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I currently live in Bangkok and so have an old unlocked 2G iPhone (the very first one). However, I'm coming to the U.S. this fall for just 4 months and want to be on the AT&T network (for the unlimited data plan). Can I 're-lock' my iPhone and activate it legitimately by signing up for a contractless AT&T plan? I don't want to jailbreak/unlock it so that I don't have to keep restoring for firmware upgrades.

    Also, AT&T's "data plan network" refers to both EDGE and 3G right? So my original iPhone will work on EDGE right?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    If it is factory unlocked, then you will have no problem joining AT&T or T-Mobile in the States.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    Just click "restore" in iTunes and it will become relocked/unjailbroken, and the data plan will be for edge, since the 1st gen iPhone is edge only. :)
     
  4. isaaclimdc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great. Thanks for the speedy replies.

    So, what I can do is get the monthly data plan and a prepaid voice package? I can't get those 450 nationwide packages because they're on 2-year contracts right?
     
  5. jmann macrumors 604

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    I believe as long as you already have the phone you shouldn't have to sign a contract. Usually they only make you sign a contract if you get a cheap subsidized phone. But you already have one, so there should be no need for a contract.
     
  6. isaaclimdc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok great. Sounds good! I so want an iPhone 3GS but won't be able to because of the ETF right?
     
  7. jmann macrumors 604

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    If you can pay the EFT then do it. Otherwise I would look online or on craigslist to find a 3G S to buy without a contract.
     
  8. isaaclimdc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay thanks for the replies. I'll go evaluate my options.
     
  9. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    The offical AT&T answer is that you can't have the iPhone data plan or use an iPhone on a GoPhone (Pre-Paid) plan.

    You might be best served to just keep your iPhone unlocked and just add the $19.99 100 MB data plan.

    Source: http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-ph...?wtSlotClick=1-0025SG-0-2&WT.svl=calltoaction

    Dave
     
  10. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    AT&T told me that you can't do post paid unless you agree to a two year commitment. Even if you already have the phone.
     
  11. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    That depends on the rate plan you select.

    You can get a month to month rate plan without a two year service commitment. However not all rate plans are offered on a month to month plan, most require a two year service commitment.

    What rate plan are you trying to get?

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  12. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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  13. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, that is not a rate plan, that is a data plan (feature). What voice rate plan would you be using with the iPhone data plan?

    For example; any of the voice rate plans with Rollover minutes or the FamilyTalk rate plans require a two year commitment.

    Note: Before anyone chimes in that they got one of these without a two year commitment, then lucky for you but the AT&T MyCSP says otherwise. Your individual experience will and does vary based on the rep.

    Dave
     

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