Use iphone sim in other phone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fenderbass146, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

    fenderbass146

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    I just got a 32GB 3gs but In the winter I go snowboarding alot and don't want to carry my 300 dollar investment with me snowboarding, can I use my tmobile prepaid phone by putting my iphone sim in it just when i snowboard so i don't have to risk breaking it. (AND yes in Colorado a cell is super important to have when snowboarding so don't tell me to just go without a cell.)
     
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    I've put my iPhone SIM in a cheap GoPhone and not had any issues. Data may not work, but you'll still be able to make/receive calls, and get SMS.
     
  3. fenderbass146 thread starter macrumors 65816

    fenderbass146

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    okay, it won't mess up my iphone plan at all will it, and also will it work in a tmobile prepaid phone
     
  4. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    If your T-Mobile phone is unlocked, your iPhone SIM should work in it on the AT&T network. I have an ancient unlocked T-Mobile phone that works with my iPhone SIM for the features that phone supports. I doubt it will work if it is still locked to T-Mobile.

    I recall reading somewhere that T-Mobile will readily agree to unlock phones after the contract is up for them. I'm not sure if that is current information, though.
     
  5. bigdweeb macrumors newbie

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    I asked a similar question recently since I am new to the GSM world. From what I've found, you can use any GSM phone for the ATT network, any GSM phone for the T-Mobile network if you can get it unlocked, or any already unlocked GSM phone. The one caveat is the phone has to use at least the 850/1900 MHz bands.

    I also wanted a simple phone I could take snowboarding, hiking, etc. I did some searching and found the Motorola v197. It's an unlocked Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 phone so you can take it anywhere in the world. It has miniUSB connectivity so you can charge it off your computer. It has bluetooth for hands-free use if that's important. It has a monochrome outer display and a color inner display. It's pretty compact aside from its thickness and feels pretty rugged. It has a large battery for the size/features of the phone so it has a long standby time. It also seems that you can do some rudimentary hacking to it from what I've read. I think I paid somewhere around $50 for it.

    I've used it a couple times when I've gone on bike rides where I didn't want to carry my iPhone and it's been fine.
     
  6. Strategy macrumors member

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    Can I put my iPhone sim in say, a bold and use data? Will the iPhone data plan cover blackberry data usage?
     
  7. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a

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    It will if you have Opera. Otherwise, the Blackberry's browser, messenger, and email run through their servers, so you have to have the BIS/BES data plan for it to work.

    EDIT: FYI, Opera is a browser. You will only be able to browse using opera, but you can still make/receive calls and text messages.
     

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