Using iPhone 3GS as a "dumbphone" on AT&T

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eyeseeyou, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    I'd like to use a 3GS as a dumbphone, no data connection, on my family plan.

    Can this be done? Any input?
     
  2. Sedrick macrumors 68030

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    I've got my son trying the same thing. Everyone says ATT will eventually detect the phone and sign you up for the $15 data plan. Could be days, weeks, or months..

    Turn all data off in settings and rely on WiFi.
     
  3. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    It can but once At&t detects the phone on your account they will force a data plan on you.
     
  4. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Cannot be done. Just read terms of service clearly stated on their site.
     
  5. Ashin macrumors 6502a

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    How could they force you to get a data plan if you don't use data?

    Only in America I guess:rolleyes:
     
  6. Munkypoo7 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it was in the 50 some page User Agreement no one really reads and just signs off to get their phone? Only in America... such simpleminded-ness is cute :)

    Anyways, as many have said eyeseeyou, you can't use the phone without the high probability of ATT noticing and tacking you with a $15 a month data plan.

    To my knowledge, the only two things you can do is either one, use it as a full fledged iPhone with data costs and the whole package, or two, essentially turn it into an iPod Touch by hacktivating and removing the sim card [which obviously means absolutely zero possibility to make calls].
     
  7. eyeseeyou thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The sales rep also said this can be done. Just wanted to see if anyone was successful.

    The "dumbphone" plan is $9.99 and it's for my 9 year old. Just figured it it would be nice for her to have all the apps, specifically a gps app, but no data fees.

    Thanks.
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    It really depends on the account. It can be done, but it rarely works.
    It's not going to work on a new account. Only old accounts that were upgraded to smartphones without a data plan (when AT&T didn't require them) and haven't been upgraded since.
     
  9. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    Even though it most likely won't work for a long time, feel free to try it. Worst case scenario is you'll be charged $0.66 for 1 days worth of data
     

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