Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

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Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

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Has anyone here tried using the Samsung Infuse with their Gophone Prepaid sim card? I've read that quite a few people use the Samsung Captivate but I'd love to get an Infuse and use it with my prepaid plan and add a data plan as well.

 

Hope someone knows!

 

Thanks.

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Professor

Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

Yes it will work as a GoPhone.

 

 

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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

Do you know if you would be able to use one of the prepaid data plans with it?

 

Thanks for answering my question!

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Master

Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

Prepaid data packages for the Infuse may or may not work. Because the Infuse is classified as a "4G" phone, prepaid data somehow does not seem to connect with the network. So you can try purchasing a data package and see if you are able to use data on it, but there may be a chance that it might not work.

Good luck! Smiley Happy

Cat Happy Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 Cat Happy



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Professor

Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

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WB is right. My prepaid smartphone uses only 3G. My phone has 2G and EDGE features but they somehow got turned off by AT&T.

 

I can bet that the Infuse is also 3G capable, 2G and EDGE capable too. That's how postpaid phones like the Infuse can roam on other carriers' network that may be 3G or EDGE only. If AT&T did not turn off the 3G feature of the Samsung Infuse, you may be able to use the Infuse on a prepaid plan. All it takes is for you to test it out. The other possibility is that the 3G setting could be in the GoPhone SIM card, so that it would be the SIM card that enables the prepaid plan to work.

 

 

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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

I once asked a CSR if the Motorola Atrix 4G would work with a Go Phone account and I was told no that it being a 4G device would be incompatible with a prepaid account. I was told this by at least two different CSR's.  

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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?


ilikewireless wrote:

WB is right. My prepaid smartphone uses only 3G. My phone has 2G and EDGE features but they somehow got turned off by AT&T.


2G/EDGE works just fine on all three LG Thrives I have albeit downstream and upstream are atrocious. Perhaps you just have good 3G signal where you're located so you never drop down to 2G/EDGE.

 


ilikewireless wrote:

I can bet that the Infuse is also 3G capable, 2G and EDGE capable too. That's how postpaid phones like the Infuse can roam on other carriers' network that may be 3G or EDGE only. If AT&T did not turn off the 3G feature of the Samsung Infuse, you may be able to use the Infuse on a prepaid plan. All it takes is for you to test it out. The other possibility is that the 3G setting could be in the GoPhone SIM card, so that it would be the SIM card that enables the prepaid plan to work.


As far as I'm aware, the "4G" Infuse still uses 3G technology. A pumped up version of 3G but still 3G nonetheless. I don't think there'll be any problems with using the Infuse on GoPhone (of course I could be wrong). If someone has an iPhone 4S on GoPhone with data packages working, that should be confirmation enough.

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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

Thank you everyone for your answers!  I wish I knew someone with an Infuse so I could stick my Sim card in it to see if it worked. It would be kind of a nuisance to buy one and then not have the prepaid data plan work. They sell for so much cheaper on eBay than with no contract from Amazon but most eBay sellers don't take returns if it doesn't work out.

 

It would just be so nice to have that nice big screen and still be able to use my prepaid plan - I don't really use my phone all that much and having the prepaid plan saves so much money.

 

Perhaps there is someone out there who is actually using an Infuse with a Go Phone prepaid Sim card??????

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hnzw_rui wrote:

ilikewireless wrote:

WB is right. My prepaid smartphone uses only 3G. My phone has 2G and EDGE features but they somehow got turned off by AT&T.


2G/EDGE works just fine on all three LG Thrives I have albeit downstream and upstream are atrocious. Perhaps you just have good 3G signal where you're located so you never drop down to 2G/EDGE.

 


ilikewireless wrote:

I can bet that the Infuse is also 3G capable, 2G and EDGE capable too. That's how postpaid phones like the Infuse can roam on other carriers' network that may be 3G or EDGE only. If AT&T did not turn off the 3G feature of the Samsung Infuse, you may be able to use the Infuse on a prepaid plan. All it takes is for you to test it out. The other possibility is that the 3G setting could be in the GoPhone SIM card, so that it would be the SIM card that enables the prepaid plan to work.


As far as I'm aware, the "4G" Infuse still uses 3G technology. A pumped up version of 3G but still 3G nonetheless. I don't think there'll be any problems with using the Infuse on GoPhone (of course I could be wrong). If someone has an iPhone 4S on GoPhone with data packages working, that should be confirmation enough.


You are probably right. I have an LG 2G/EDGE phone and I have noticed that the signals are no better than the 3G signals on the LG Thrive. I have yet to go to a place with poor 3G signals so that the Thrive will drop down to 2G/EDGE.

 

I'm of the opinion that 4G mobile devices can down shift to 3G, EDGE and 2G. It would be silly to think that 4G devices can only run on 4G. Because 4G is available only in a small number of markets, AT&T would therefore want customers to downshift to 3G where only 3G is available.

 

+1 on the iPhone 4S as confirmation of a 4G device used as a GoPhone.
 

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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

The iPhone 4S and other "4G" HSPA+ capable phones such as the Infuse are in a unique situation. The iPhone 4S can pick up "4G" signals according to AT&T, and it's the only version on all three carriers that can get anything slightly above a 3G signal. Although, it's not likely connected to "4G" (with the Infuse, too) all the time, depending on if it would be available in different areas. So maybe "4G" capable isn't all what it's cracked up to be.

samcarra, if you don't mind if the data portion of the phone will not work unless you change some settings in the phone to allow it, you can still use the Infuse for calling, text messaging, Wi-Fi usage, and anything else in between. You can purchase a Captivate instead, if you want, to allow prepaid data. I love using mine. Smiley Happy

Cat Happy Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 Cat Happy



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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

Thanks for your reply! I'm heading to the AT&T store in a nearby town in a few minutes and I"m going to ask them if I can try out my card in various phones. I feel like that's the only sure way to find out. I know the Captivate will work so I'm leaning towards getting one of them.

My husband needs to sign up for a new pre-paid plan so it is a good excuse to ask the guys there what android phones will work with a pre-paid sim card.

Do you have your Captivate updated to Version 2.2 Froyo or 2.3 Gingerbread? Do you use a data plan with it?

Thanks again!
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Master

Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

You're welcome - sounds good.

My Captivate was delivered to me (I bought it used) with 2.2 FroYo already installed on it. I have thought about updating it to Gingerbread but to be honest, I don't really know how. Smiley Tongue

I do not use a data package with either my Captivate or my iPhone...whenever I want to use data services, I always deactivate the data network and tap that Wi-Fi icon instead. Smiley Happy

Cat Happy Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 Cat Happy



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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

I really would like to have some kind of data plan just because there are so few places with Wi-Fi around here (very rural) and I'd like to have a way to check e-mail and see what's new on Facebook without having to find somewhere with Wi-Fi that isn't locked.

 

As soon as my husband gets home we are going to dash up to the AT&T store that is about 20 miles away. It stays open till 7pm.

 

If I used a phone very much I'd go ahead and get one of the contract plans but it seems like such a waste when I don't use my cell phone that much. The Pre-paid plans save so much money when you don't use your phone a lot.

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I agree with the prepaid advantage over post paid. Let us know how your experience goes!

Cat Happy Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 Cat Happy



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Re: Is it possible to use Samsung Infuse with my Prepaid plan?

The people at the AT&T store were really helpful! They there were two women and one man working there. The younger woman was the one who helped me the most. She told me that they could make any of the Android phones work with a GoPhone plan. If the sim card you have now won't work with the data part of the plan they can give you a new sim card with your same phone number that will. She said that the Blackberries and iPhones don't work with the GoPhone plans but then the guy said he can even make the iPhones work with the GoPhone plans.

 

So, basically, I can get any AT&T Android phone I want and they will be able to make it work with my GoPhone plan! I was really pleased. They even recommened that I get one on eBay - said it was the best place to find a good deal on one that hadn't been used very much.

 

They didn't actually have a Samsung Infuse at the store because it is already being discontinued but they let me play around with all phones they had. The ones with the 4.5 inch screens are really nice - so easy to see and not really that much bigger than any of the others. I could even see them very well without my reading glasses - that is really a plus.

 

It was a very productive trip and the people who worked at the store were very helpful. I was very pleased that I can start my search for a nice Infuse on eBay. The young woman who worked there let me play with her HTC Inspire for a while and it was quite nice, too.

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