Want to give a friend my old iPhone, data plan question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by miamialley, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. miamialley macrumors 68030

    miamialley

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    I have an iPhone 4 that I can now get unlocked with AT&T because I completed the contract. My friend wants a smartphone, but is unsure if he can afford the monthly bill. If I give him my iPhone 4, what would be the best way for him to use it, but have a cheap bill. I'm assuming he can do this off contract. Any help?

    I know he can get a free iPhone with some contracts, but the advantage in me giving him this phone is that maybe he can be off contract and have a smaller data plan.
     
  2. brand macrumors 601

    brand

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    Minute and data plans are the same both on and off contract
     
  3. Juicy111 macrumors member

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    Use it with straight talk. No unlock needed , as its a AT&T Iphone 4.

    Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data. Uses AT&T's towers.

    45$/month

    A cheaper option is T-mobile, 30$/month for 100 minutes unlimited text+data.. my friend has t-mobile and the coverage isnt as good
     
  4. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    If it's unlocked, he can use t-mobile. If not, pre-paid is his best option. There are plenty of plans where he can just get voice and texts; data can be added as needed.
    You'll need to remind him to turn off cellular data, so he doesn't run up a data bill.
     
  5. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

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    one way he can lower your bill is to have no data altogether (if that is acceptible for him). my mom has been without a data plan on AT&T for over 2 years now, initially on my old 3G and currently on my old iphone 4.

    1) I put her sim into a non-smartphone, called AT&T, then requested they put a "Data Block" on her line.

    2) I popped her sim card into the iphone 3G --> no data! to be sure the phone didn't try to reach out for data, I disabled cellular data from within the phone too. AT&T supposedly scans their networks for smartphones without data plans, but they haven't caught us yet in 2+ years.

    3) for the 3G -> 4, we just cut her existing sim into a microsim without hassle.
     
  6. miamialley thread starter macrumors 68030

    miamialley

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I think Straight Talk may be good for him. I'll look into it more.
     

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