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I am going to be traveling next month to visit family in another state and one of the family members asked if I had a spare iPhone that I could get unlocked.  I have a family plan that does not include a data plan, since none of the members on this plan, including me, do not have smart phones.  My question about the iPhone is that if I was to get an iPhone, get it unlocked, and put in my SIM card, would a data plan automatically be added to my account?  Or could I just shut off the network connection and use the w-fi access?

I am going to be traveling next month to visit family in another state and one of the family members asked if I had a spare iPhone that I could get unlocked.  I have a family plan that does not include a data plan, since none of the members on this plan, including me, do not have smart phones.  My question about the iPhone is that if I was to get an iPhone, get it unlocked, and put in my SIM card, would a data plan automatically be added to my account?  Or could I just shut off the network connection and use the w-fi access?

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Jan 5, 2012 12:56:37 PM
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You can't unlock an iPhone, plain and simple. You can purchase an unlocked iPhone direct from Apple, but you'll have to pay full price.

 

You also cannot get an iPhone from AT&T without adding a data plan. Just like any other smartphone, a data plan is required.

You can't unlock an iPhone, plain and simple. You can purchase an unlocked iPhone direct from Apple, but you'll have to pay full price.

 

You also cannot get an iPhone from AT&T without adding a data plan. Just like any other smartphone, a data plan is required.

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ckuczek wrote:

I am going to be traveling next month to visit family in another state and one of the family members asked if I had a spare iPhone that I could get unlocked.  I have a family plan that does not include a data plan, since none of the members on this plan, including me, do not have smart phones.  My question about the iPhone is that if I was to get an iPhone, get it unlocked, and put in my SIM card, would a data plan automatically be added to my account?  Or could I just shut off the network connection and use the w-fi access?


I presume you are already an AT&T customer. Consequently, it won't matter whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. If you put your AT&T sim into it, it will work and you will probably get a data plan added to it automatically.

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I am going to be traveling next month to visit family in another state and one of the family members asked if I had a spare iPhone that I could get unlocked.  I have a family plan that does not include a data plan, since none of the members on this plan, including me, do not have smart phones.  My question about the iPhone is that if I was to get an iPhone, get it unlocked, and put in my SIM card, would a data plan automatically be added to my account?  Or could I just shut off the network connection and use the w-fi access?


I presume you are already an AT&T customer. Consequently, it won't matter whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. If you put your AT&T sim into it, it will work and you will probably get a data plan added to it automatically.
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That was what I figured, that I would get a data plan added automatically. I have seen some videos of people at AT&T stores unlocking the iPhones that were on display.

That was what I figured, that I would get a data plan added automatically. I have seen some videos of people at AT&T stores unlocking the iPhones that were on display.

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ckuczek wrote:

That was what I figured, that I would get a data plan added automatically. I have seen some videos of people at AT&T stores unlocking the iPhones that were on display.


Where? I have never seen or heard of this. Unless by "some people" you mean customers jailbreaking display phones, which I am sure happens.


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That was what I figured, that I would get a data plan added automatically. I have seen some videos of people at AT&T stores unlocking the iPhones that were on display.


Where? I have never seen or heard of this. Unless by "some people" you mean customers jailbreaking display phones, which I am sure happens.

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Yes.  I have seen videos on YouTube that other users posted of people jailbreaking the display iPhones at the AT&T stores.

Yes.  I have seen videos on YouTube that other users posted of people jailbreaking the display iPhones at the AT&T stores.

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ckuczek wrote:

Yes.  I have seen videos on YouTube that other users posted of people jailbreaking the display iPhones at the AT&T stores.



major difference between unlocking the phone and hacking it.

 

Since they where hacking someone else's property without permission wonder what they charges where that where made against them


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Yes.  I have seen videos on YouTube that other users posted of people jailbreaking the display iPhones at the AT&T stores.



major difference between unlocking the phone and hacking it.

 

Since they where hacking someone else's property without permission wonder what they charges where that where made against them

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