06-16-2011 8:55 PM
I recently bought a white unlocked iPhone 4g from an apple store nearby me. I was wondering if I could get a really simple plan, no contract, for my phone. I only live in the US for 4 months at a time, and I really don't need to shell out a lot of money for a contract from AT&T that I would hardly use.
- edited 06-16-2011 9:11 PM
If you already have a decent US credit rating, you should have no problems going into an AT&T store to sign-up for an account on a month-to-month basis (just as many customers remain after their contract expires). Expect that you will pay around $80-100 a month for that account. I think it comes out to about $50-60 a month for the lowest monthly voice plan (around 500 miutes), $25 a month for a 2GB smart phone data plan, $10-20 a mnth for text messages, and then the misc. surcharges and taxes. My account generally runs about $90 per month after corporate employee discounts.
If you don't have a good US credit rating, you can expect AT&T to want a security deposit from you before offering you service. I have heard many international folks come in and be told they will have to pay a $500 securiry deposit to get service from AT&T simply because they do not have a credit history in the US.
06-17-2011 3:23 AM
06-17-2011 11:46 AM
Given that you will not be under contact, getting a standard plan that you can cancel at any time is not going to be problem. You may need to pay a deposit on the account that will be fully refundable less any outstanding service fees. One thing to remember is that even without a contract, you must have a data plan on any line using a iPhone or other similar smart phones.