12-27-2011 1:28 PM
My wife recently switched to an iPhone, leaving me with a Samsung Infuse 4G. I have an old Nokia XpressMusic, and figured I'd give this new phone a try. My existing SIM card is labeled "3g". I tried placing it in the Infuse 4G, and the phone portion certainly works, but I cannot access any network services.
I'm guessing this is because my old phone is 3G and works off of the AT&T Media Net GPRS network, and the new phone can't operate in this way. Or is there a way to make this work? I'd love to use this new phone, but I don't want to have to upgrade my current plan. I don't really care about speed, I just want to be able to check email while I'm out and about.
Thanks for any help that you can provide!
12-27-2011 1:35 PM
OK, I figured as much. So there's no way to enable an older, slower network access mode with this new phone?
12-27-2011 1:42 PM
You should be able to use the SIM card, but need to activate a data plan. If not, you can go to any AT&T store and pick up a new SIM card, usually for no charge.
12-27-2011 1:51 PM
To clarify, I already have a data plan on the existing account, but I'm guessing AT&T is smart enough to block smart phones from being able to use the older data services. I just wanted to check to see if there was anything I was missing.
02-11-2012 2:06 PM
The problem is ONLY that you APN setting are wrong.
"Google" APN setting AT&T
and you'll find some tutorials.
When you put a 3G sim into a 4G card the APN gets
dummied up. Probably done on purpose by the MAN.
I've successfully fixed this moving a 3G sim to a Samsung (?) w/Keyboard.
I even get 4G data packets. AND I'm on PREPAID to boot!!! :-)
Wish me luck that they don't track me down and disable my account!
02-12-2012 1:48 PM
02-13-2012 7:23 AM
The old non smartphone data plans use the wap. cingular APN and your phone is set up to use the PHONE APN. you need a smartphone data plan because even if you go around it they'll catch on and add it anyways
Would he also need to get re-provisioned to go from the 3G network to the 4G?
I know that was an issue for me when I went from my Captivate to the Infuse. Although I already had the "smartphone data plan."
02-13-2012 8:52 AM
Does pre-paid vs post-paid make any difference?
It's been a while since I had a Go Phone account, but I wasn't sure if Go Phones have 4G phones available?
Now I'm pretty sure you can take a 4G phone, but it outright, and use it on the account, but I'm thinking a problem could arise if the phone is always seartching for a 4G signal when you SIM Card is not provisioned nor the account is set up for it.
Looking on the website I didn't see any "official" 4G phones for sale.