Is there a way for my niece to use an iPhone 3GS with AT&T but not having to pay for the unnecessary "automatic" data plan charges?
Basically, we want her to use one device for cell phone service and games/music from Apple store on the 3gs. She doesn't have a need for data service, thus we don't want to pay for unnecessary charges. I have googled for the info, but couldn't find any concrete info.
I called AT&T and the answer is we must pay for a data plan, and it doesn't matter if it's not being used. The support person even told me that if the iPhone is a factory unlocked, I still have to pay for the data. Thanks in advance for your help.
The question has been closed for being "Off-topic/Irrelevant" by spockers, 13 Sep '12, 19:29
My friend was given an iPhone, he just put his sim from a Nokia or something.. It was unlimited calling/texting (no data) and he was able to use the phone fine. Just every time he open safari or the AppStore it'd give him a no Internet error. He had to use wifi for it all.
So If youre trying to set up a new phone line, I would just ask for a calling/texting plan only and not tell them its for an iPhone. Maybe even go prepaid
Many of the functions of the iPhone are data reliant so it is very likely that you "need" a data plan. You could always sign up for a plan on a different phone, and then insert the sim in the iPhone. Turn data off in Settings, and only use WiFi. Most people who use iPhones (in States or EU) have unlimited everything plans.
answered 21 Dec '11, 14:49
One of my friend got caught and one did not when they put their sim from a dumb phone into a iPhone, what he did was put the sim back into a dumb phone and dial 611 play dumb and ask what is going on request a data block and swap sims again did this like twice they stopped bugging him, this might help, doesn't hurt to try,
answered 21 Dec '11, 15:10
The Deathstar's systems (att) checks the imei of the device periodically. It will auto add data and its part of the contract, and part of the terms of service on the month to month (out of contract)
answered 21 Dec '11, 18:25
Good question about why using an iPhone without a data plan. It makes me think that I under-utilize it. The way I'm using the iPhone while out of the house is basically like this:
iPhone = dumb phone + iPod + Reminder
For navigation, I bought TomTom with all the maps loaded (waste storage), so I only need data plan for traffic condition which doesn't a big deal. Also, I only needed to use it once for the past couple of years. So it doesn't not make financial sense to pay $30/mo for 24 months ($720) to use just one time.
I don't care about email, facebook, twitter, etc. I can wait to get home or somewhere with WiFi to do those. So what are some of the data plan uses that you MUST have while outside of WiFi areas?
AT&T does network sweeps. Even if you BLOCK data, they will still identify the iPhone and auto-add the $25 data plan (not even the cheaper $15 plan).
My daughter was using my old iPhone 3GS. I was paying $5 a month to block data. She used it mostly for texting and games at home. It was on WiFi 100% of the time. It did not need data. It did not use data. It worked GREAT without a "data plan". AT&T still added a data plan to my phone bill. Yes, $30 a month to not use data ($25 data plan + $5 to block data). I called and removed the data plan, but they said I needed to remove the SIM card from the 3GS as well.
Unfortunately, these companies can get away with this. iPhones work perfectly fine without a data plan. It's just a greedy money-grab.
My daughter still uses my 3GS, but with the SIM removed. It works almost the same, except she cannot make calls or text anyone that isn't using iOS. She uses iMessage to text me and some some of her friends.
I must thank theiphoneguy for making me think twice on paying for data plan. Six months ago when I signed a 2-year contract with T-mobile, I got caught up in the "fear" of not having data when needed and the "fear" of unknown whooping charges if I went over the data limit. So, I pay $20/mo for unlimited data. Below is a 6-month breakdown of what was used and the charges on my family-plan:
Phone: Usage: Cost:
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Line 1 0MB $120
Line 2 0MB $120
Line 3 2MB $120
Line 4 50MB $120
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Total: 52MB $480
So, roughly for the 2-year contract and assuming the data usage is the same, my family would use ~208MB and pay $1920. This doesn't make any financial sense at all. So, I called T-Mobile and asked how long it would take to activate cellular data on a line. The answer was almost immediately. Thus, I told them to cancel the data plan (I can cancel without paying early-termination fee).
When a need arises, I will call to activate data on a single line and cancel at the end of the billing cycle. This way, at the most I would have to pay $10 (200MB limit) per need and have some extra time to use it. In the end, I will donate %50 of the savings and spend the rest on "extra" gifts for my family this holiday season.
Inadvertently, theiphoneguy helped a few in needs and brought more joys for my family. Thank you!
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answered 22 Dec '11, 15:23
Wow you guys get chumped. We get a free 100Mb a month on a £10/15 contract. You don't get a free iphone (just a cheapo) for that but they don't stop you using one either. Unlimited data is £10 on top of your contract.
Unfortunately I bought an AT&T iphone thinking I could just get it unlocked and the woman at AT&T said they NEVER release their phones..WTF? How can that be legal?
answered 22 Dec '11, 15:53
AT&T says all smart phones need a data plan. Lot of "Smart Phones" comes with the feature to turn it ON or OFF. My teenager, likes to use a jail broken iphone with the Data plan turned off - he listens to music, uses google calendar, email etc when in wi-fi area in college. AT&T insists that he has to pay the data plan even though he is not using the data transmission from AT&T. I think this is a rip-off, the devices are smart and the features are there to turn on or off the data plan (like they do on the ipad). When you can do that for iPad why not for all smart devices. They say it is an FCC regulation that all smart phones need to carry data plan on all carriers. AT&T and all the telephone companies have plenty of people in their lobbying group to lobby on their behalf.
I am not sure if any consumer advocacy group is looking in to this, hopefully such rip-offs can be avoided if enough people write to their state consumer protection board and also to FCC and Federal Consumer protection agency.
answered 13 Sep '12, 19:21