Want an iphone to use on At&t without data plan

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Want an iphone to use on At&t without data plan

I am currently with At&t & not under contract and would like to purchase an iphone from ebay and use it on my At&t network without paying for a data plan. What should the iphone listing say to make sure it's compatible and how do I make sure I'm not paying for a data plan? I want to use the phone purely to text and call and do not care for other features such as internet. Thanks

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YoungKeyno wrote:
All of the people that are posting doesn't know anything. I have AT&T and I am using an iPhone 4 with no data plan. The secret to doing this is by cutting your sim card on your current phone to fit your iPhone. Use a razor and a nail filer. Whatever plan you can use on your other phone will work for the iPhone. I had calling and unlimited text messaging so that carried over for me. I don't need all the other crap and just use wifi. So simple. Good luck. Disregard EVERYTHING ELSE on this post.


Youngkenyo:

 

BAD ADVICE as your phone carrier may constitute that as FRAUD and terminate your acct. I've seen friends do this and att, sprint, etc TERMINATED THEM. Don't screw with your SIM cards.  It was one thing wwhe u needed to trim a Sim to fit a micro sim slot when those devices first came out... But cutting a SIM to defraud your mobile carrier to get a plan that you shouldn't be able to get/keep???

 

BAD ADVICE. Ppl here know what they are talking about. They just didn't offer an immoral solution. 

 

<---- ex att employee, ex sprint employee.  I'm a computer engineer. I've worked for many companies, and they don't take kindly to being defrauded, or breaking ToS. You've been LUCKY

 

keep it up and one day, att will terminate your acct, or FORCE u off that sim and onto a current plan

 

dont listen to this person... Bad advice!!!!

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dduttonnc wrote:

1liz1 wrote:

I am currently with At&t & not under contract and would like to purchase an iphone from ebay and use it on my At&t network without paying for a data plan. What should the iphone listing say to make sure it's compatible and how do I make sure I'm not paying for a data plan? I want to use the phone purely to text and call and do not care for other features such as internet. Thanks



As ppl said. Won't happen. ANY carrier with a modern phone REQUIRES even a basic plan. Get a basic plan, cheap, the turn off cell data on ur iPhone. This prevents u from getting an ipad, iPhone etc and ending up with a few thousand bucks

This way,  u pay very little for a small data plan, then turn off cell data. This prevents u from going over. Keep in mind with data off, u can only send basic non picture texts. Once on wifi, u can use iMessage to other iPhone users and do whatever you like


more then mms will not work with this method - there are other functions like visual voice mail for 1 example that require cellular data, turn it off and no voicemail for missed calls. Also unless they already have a individual or family plan only Mobile Share is available now, individual and family plans have ben discontinued for new customers, and it is required that you choose a shared data amount

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It's not about being cheap, it's about being smart. If you have wifi access at home & work, why pay $30 a month for data? If you don't get it, that says more about you than the OP.

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fabe76248 wrote:

It's not about being cheap, it's about being smart. If you have wifi access at home & work, why pay $30 a month for data? If you don't get it, that says more about you than the OP.


Not sure what you think it "says about me" I follow the rules in my personal life and in the company I own. Lots of situations in life have requirements that will not be waived no matter what, an example of this would be mandatory auto insurance, mandatory home owners insurance on a house that has a lien against it.

 

The top 3 carriers require that a data plan be attached to a smaty phone under regualr contracts, you want to utilize a smartphone with out a data plan then get a gophone plan, simples as that. It's all about following the rules that are given to you.Besides you don't have to pay 30.00 a month, there are cheaper plans available AND they give you unlimited talk and text.

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if you are on a pre paid plan no data is required.  TRUE? EMPLOYEE?  l am so sad and tired.  An ATnT employee wasted40 minutes with me on the phone and woulo not answer that Exact Same Question.  Am i hearing the truth here?  

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No data is required on a GoPhone plan only. Any other plans require data for smartphones.
This is a user to user forum. I am a user, just like almost everyone else on the site.
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Another thing to remember, the iphone has functions that require cellular data, such as visual voice mail. Without a data plan it will not work

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wingrider01 wrote:

Another thing to remember, the iphone has functions that require cellular data, such as visual voice mail. Without a data plan it will not work


I (as well as several family members) have Visual Voicemail working on my prepaid iPhone without a data plan/package. I've been using mine since June of 2012 and it did not show up until about late June or early July of this year, but it still works. 

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Wild Banchi wrote:

wingrider01 wrote:

Another thing to remember, the iphone has functions that require cellular data, such as visual voice mail. Without a data plan it will not work


I (as well as several family members) have Visual Voicemail working on my prepaid iPhone without a data plan/package. I've been using mine since June of 2012 and it did not show up until about late June or early July of this year, but it still works. 


Interesting, Apple states cellular data required, mine does not work when I turn off cellular data either or place it in ariplane mode - which it is in alot sice the phlistines still will not let me use my cell in the air

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wingrider01 wrote:

Wild Banchi wrote:

wingrider01 wrote:

Another thing to remember, the iphone has functions that require cellular data, such as visual voice mail. Without a data plan it will not work


I (as well as several family members) have Visual Voicemail working on my prepaid iPhone without a data plan/package. I've been using mine since June of 2012 and it did not show up until about late June or early July of this year, but it still works. 


Interesting, Apple states cellular data required, mine does not work when I turn off cellular data either or place it in ariplane mode - which it is in alot sice the phlistines still will not let me use my cell in the air


Note he says "without a data plan", not without a data connection. Perhaps there is a way to allow a data connection on prepaid without having a data plan for items like MMS and visual voice mail, i.e. functions that require a data connection but don't count against a data plan. 

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