Convert an Iphone to prepaid

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Seymore4Head, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Seymore4Head

    Seymore4Head Guest

    My sister has an Iphone with a data plan. The contract is running
    out. I recommend that she keep the phone and drop the data. I have
    an ATT pre pay phone and I can get free data at home by connecting to
    my home WiFi and at public WiFi points.

    My sister is not too informed, but she says she can't drop her data
    package and still connect to the home WiFi without paying for data. I
    don't know.

    Is she right?
    Seymore4Head, Dec 25, 2014
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    Meanie Guest

    Is your sister referring to the service provider or the phone itself?

    Some providers will not let you drop data with a smartphone, such as
    Verizon. But if she's referring to the phone, it will connect in WiFi
    zones without a data service.

    If a phone doesn't have data plan, it simply means it cannot
    retrieve/download outside of a WiFi zone. As long as a phone is
    connected to WiFi, there is no data charge.

    I still have my old 4s which I use for basic music playing and misc.
    There is no longer a service to that phone since I transferred to my new
    iPhone. Though, I still receive app updates and app notifications when
    in a WiFi zone.
    Meanie, Dec 25, 2014
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  3. I don't think you can have a no-data plan with a smartphone.

    Have her take a look at go phone plans from ATT. $45/month gets
    unlimited talk/text and 1Gb of high speed data and more at slower
    speeds. Nice and cheap and should fit the bill for her.
    Lloyd E Parsons, Dec 25, 2014
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I know a few people who only use their portable phones sparsely and use
    pre-paid card plans. A $10 card will go over a couple months with them.

    Would be a good "re-purposing" of older iPhones. (Then again there are
    so many cheap used phones out there ....)

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    Alan Browne, Dec 25, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    postpaid plans almost always require data. hers most likely will not
    let her drop data.

    however, prepaid plans vary. find one that doesn't have data or charges
    per megabyte and either switch off cellular data (so you don't get
    charged) or use it *very* sparingly to keep costs at a minimum.
    Guest, Dec 25, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    you can on prepaid.
    Guest, Dec 25, 2014
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    Patty Winter Guest

    AT&T says you can activate an iPhone under their GoPhone prepaid service:

    I have GoPhone with a cheap Nokia phone. Only costs me $25/every
    three months. However, I rarely use my cellphone; if she uses hers
    a lot, she'll have to pay more.

    Patty Winter, Dec 25, 2014
  8. Seymore4Head

    Seymore4Head Guest

    I think I will suggest she try the 25$ prepaid option. See if she can
    make 25$ last 3 months.

    I spend 100$ a year for my phone and I have over 200$ in minutes.

    Thanks everyone.
    Seymore4Head, Dec 25, 2014
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    JF Mezei Guest

    Douable, BUT you must make sure you turn cellular data off at the master
    swicth and then for every app just to make sure. You will get complaints
    form some apps where you just press OK.

    Remember that most plans that are advertised without a data plan still
    allow you to use data, but charge you an arm and a leg for each byte you

    This is why carriers like AT&T will evetually disable data on your
    account if they discover you have a smart phone in order to prevent you
    from running a $10,000 bill if you turn on Data and the phone want to
    update stuff over the air.

    If your contract is done, you may wish to get AT&T to unlock your phone
    so that you could look around for other prepaid plans. I believe
    T-Mobile brought back prepaid and some of those have affordable data for
    small amounts. 100mb allows for casual use (maps from time to time,
    emails, twitter).
    JF Mezei, Dec 26, 2014
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