12-01-2009 4:55 PM
I am really interested in buying an iPhone from ebay or other online seller, and using a prepaid plan. The fact is that I am in high school, I do not have a job yet, and my parents are not even about to start paying for a full blown iPhone plan with data and everything else. Right now, all I have to use is a cheap tracfone, and I really want to upgrade to att.
I want to use the iPhone with a pay as you go (PAYG) plan, but from many sites I have read, att does not like people who do that. I was planning on getting a used iPhone 2g, and then buying a Go Phone from the store somewhere. Then I could set up my account and swap the sim cards.
I am not interested in an EDGE data plan, because I do not need internet outside of my home. I have wi-fi and that is all I need. If I set up my Go Phone, and swap it into a used iPhone, then will I be able to use the PAYG plan with the iPhone.
I really do not want to stick with tracfone, and I think att should be glad that I want to switch over to their company. I would get a full iPhone 3G plan if I had the money, but the truth is that I probably will never want to pay that much for just a cell phone.
12-01-2009 4:58 PM - edited 12-01-2009 5:03 PM
No att does not allow the iphone to be use as a prepaid phone. they did at the very begining of the iphone but they do not any more.
I do understand your problems with the tracphone though when I had mine it would only complete a call maybe 1 in 20 times and then drop the call at least 75% of the time, have you considered another prepaid service such as Jump, Boost, or Cricket?
12-01-2009 5:03 PM
but if I swapped the sim card from a PAYG phone into an iPhone, would it just not work?
I heard about 3.0 firmware cutting the use of the iPhone as a prepaid phone, but if that is the case, i know how to easily downgrade firmware.
12-01-2009 5:04 PM
I don't believe it would and even if it did it would still use the data services and really rack up your bill.
12-01-2009 5:10 PM - edited 12-01-2009 5:11 PM
well, i saw this discussed before, and I know of a website which can disable the iPhone's data service to use with a pay as you go plan, but my main question is if you can still make calls with it. It has been done before, but I am just hoping that it still works
i'll probably call ATT about it
12-04-2009 8:17 AM