I'm not aware of any requirement that prepaid iPhone needs a data plan. Smartphone plan yes, which the $50 smartphone plan obviously is.
Also, iPhone itself can function just fine with data disabled, it's less fun to use when there's no Wi-Fi but it's certainly still a capable phone, but she shouldn't have any problems using voice/text (the phone will automatically fall back to SMS instead of iMessage for all texting needs).
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dmapr is correct - prepaid smartphones such as iPhones are not required to have a qualifying data plan unlike postpaid smartphones. Hence, one of the benefits of prepaid.
Your friend should have no problem using the phone for texting, calling, and Wi-Fi browsing purposes. She would have to switch to a different plan if she were interested in using a data package. Data packages are not available for smartphones on the $50/monthly plan.
On another note, it is very kind of you to grant such a gift for your friend. I am sure she will appreciate it very much!
Interesting. I haven't used prepaid before, so I didn't know you can get smartphone plan without data on prepaid.. Personally I can't imagine using the iPhone without any form of 3G data since I'm often away from WiFi.
I asked if she wanted to switch to the $60 plan, but she says she is always on WiFi and when she isn't she is not concerned that much about using her phone.
-= ranron =- Silver iPhone 5s - AT&T / 450 Rollover Minutes + 200 Bonus Minutes / Unlimited Int'l Data / 50 Roaming Messages / WorldTraveler / WorldConnect Gray iPhone 5s - China Mobile / 1200 Minutes / 3GB data