Use iPhone (original edge) without data plan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Benjer, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Benjer macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Location:
    Utah
    #1
    I'm looked at a lot of info on these forums, some of it conflicting, so I'm looking for some answers from people who themselves use an iPhone without a data plan. My brother will give me his old original iPhone, and I do not want to pay for the data plan. Yes, I know how nice it is to have internet access everywhere, and yes, I'm aware I won't be able to use visual voice mail. I just want a smart phone that I can have wifi access on, and it's nice that I can have an iPhone for free.

    I am currently an AT&T costumer and have a SIM card in my current phone. How do I:
    • Use the iPhone with my sim card?
    • Keep AT&T from automatically adding a data plan to my bill?

    Any other info you think I need would be very helpful. Thanks!
     
  2. Cescfabregas4 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    #2
    I used my iPhone 3g for 10 months without the data plan. I called Att and switched my sim to another phone and they removed it. I then put the sim back into the iPhone and used it without data. I aslo told Att to block all data on my line.
     
  3. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2008
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    #3
    I beleive you'll first have to activate the phone, if your brother doesn't do it beforehand. (An activated sim will need to be in the phone) Then just switch to a non-iPhone, tell AT&T to block data for you, and then switch back to the iPhone.

    You might get messages telling you that you don't have a data plan. They might automatically add it on at some later point in time when they notice. You'll just have to pay attention and make sure it stays blocked.
     
  4. powerdt macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2009
    #4
    I check AT&T's additional feature plan...and you can add 'data plan' for $10/mo, but no text.
    so instead of spending $30/mo for iphone data plan...is this another way to get around?:cool:
     
  5. Krafty macrumors 601

    Krafty

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Location:
    La La Land
    #5
    http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/126908912/redsn0w-in-june
     
  6. Benjer thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Location:
    Utah
    #6
    Thanks! Will I need to avoid allowing iTunes to update my iPhone with new new iPhone software (such as the latest, 3.0.1)? If I go this route, how do I get the new software without ruining the phone or at least the jailbreak?
     
  7. teaguecole macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    #7
    I have seen this post a million times. I have had an iPhone 3G for the past 7 months without a data plan on AT&T and have seen no bill changes. The first thing I did when I got my iPhone was stick my AT&T card from my old phone in to my iPhone and turn on wi-fi and go to unlockit.co.nz and install the APN disabler so I can not access the networks internet. However it is definitely possible for AT&T to change your plan. But I think if you don't give them any reason to look at your account (outrageous bill) they won't change your plan. You do not need to jailbreak your phone! For an EDGE iPhone you can just use pwnage tool to activate the phone but not jailbreak it. I use to have an EDGE iPhone and that is exactly what I did. The nice thing about the 3G is it activates itself if you have AT&T and you don't need any special plan for it to be activated.
     
  8. aprofetto macrumors 6502a

    aprofetto

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
    #8
    Move to Canada.
     
  9. Benjer thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2006
    Location:
    Utah
    #9
    Thanks for the info. I downloaded the pwnage tool; how do I simply activate the phone without jailbreaking it?
     

Share This Page