Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

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Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

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I went to a non-at&t store to purchase an at&t Go (prepaied) phone with the intention of using a postpaid SIM in this prepaid phone. I was told by a store employee that even if would work in the prepaid phone, the carriers frown upon somethink like this; they can detect that a postpaid SIM is being used in the prepaid phone device, and they can shut down your phone service alltogether and cancel the contract. He told me that there a language to that effect in the wireless postpaid contract you sign when you acativated the service. Is this true? Needless to say, I did not buy that prepaid phone, because I do not want to take that chance. Can someone comment on this scenario, anyone that had a similar situation with postpaid service cutoff or had any warnings sent, etc.? Or do you think that this is just a hoax spread around by either uninformed or very cunning cell phone companies and their employees?

 

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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

Yes you can use a GoPhone even if you are a contract (postpaid) customer. In the Quick Start Guide for GoPhone, there is an instruction for postpaid customers who want to use a GoPhone.

Read this discussion in this AT&T Wireless Forum http://forums.att.com/t5/Wireless-General-Care-and/using-postpaid-sim-in-prepaid-gophone/m-p/1865374...

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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

http://www.wireless.att.com/download/payAsYouGo.pdf Is this the link for the Quick Start Guide for GoPhone you referred to in your post? See page 4 of 72.

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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

Ok, I see that the most recent language on this forum says I am not in violation of the TOS if I use my own sim card in a go phone (broken phone, in a real jam and had to have a solution)...

 

but I just received a text message saying that a data plan has been added to my account since Im using a go phone.   My issue is I ALREADY HAD AN UNLIMITED DATA PLAN on this line... actually, the grandfathered in unlimited data plan at a really great price.   I looked online and cant tell if anything has changed or not but I dont want to end up LOOSING the data plan I had.

 

could that text message have just been some sort of formality and not necessarily indiciative of any changes to my data plan?

 

Thanks for any help you all can provide.

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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?


jitenved wrote:

http://www.wireless.att.com/download/payAsYouGo.pdf Is this the link for the Quick Start Guide for GoPhone you referred to in your post? See page 4 of 72.


The above link has the full guide. The quick start guide is a 4" x 5.5" guide that can be folded out. Inside the front cover of my quick start guide is:


Replacing your handset?

(Existing AT&T GoPhone or AT&T Contract Customers)

  • Fully charge the battery.
  • Move your existing SIM card to new device and power on.

No activation required.




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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?


tamak wrote:

Ok, I see that the most recent language on this forum says I am not in violation of the TOS if I use my own sim card in a go phone (broken phone, in a real jam and had to have a solution)...

 

but I just received a text message saying that a data plan has been added to my account since Im using a go phone.   My issue is I ALREADY HAD AN UNLIMITED DATA PLAN on this line... actually, the grandfathered in unlimited data plan at a really great price.   I looked online and cant tell if anything has changed or not but I dont want to end up LOOSING the data plan I had.

 

could that text message have just been some sort of formality and not necessarily indiciative of any changes to my data plan?

 

Thanks for any help you all can provide.


What is the make and model of your old phone?

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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

Sorry, should have included:  it was a Samsung Impression (so NOT a smartphone)... the gophone IS, however, in the smartphone category....   and I understand all smartphones HAVE to have a data plan, but remember, the samsung Impression already had the grandfathered in unlimited data plan, so hopefully by using the gophone, I havent LOST that discontinued plan I got years and years ago.

 

Thanks.

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Re: Use a Post-Paid SIM card in a GoPhone?

It seems that what you have is the feature phone unlimited data plan. It is not quite the same as smartphone unlimited data plan. Best to call customer service that handles contract customers.

Best wishes.
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