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

eyeseeyou

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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?
 

Sedrick

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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.
 

Ashin

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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:
 

Munkypoo7

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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:
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].
 

eyeseeyou

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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.
 

wordoflife

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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.
 

forcetactic

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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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