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

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

  1. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    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


    Nov 10, 2010
    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 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    It can but once At&t detects the phone on your account they will force a data plan on you.
  4. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    Cannot be done. Just read terms of service clearly stated on their site.
  5. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    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


    Oct 24, 2011
    Miami, FL
    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 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    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.

  8. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    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

    Jul 30, 2010
    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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