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    How to use my old iPhone as a regular phone
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    How to use my old iPhone as a regular phone
    Hi,

    I currently have the old generation iPhone and placed an order for the new iPhone 4 yesterday and I have a question about my old iPhone.

    Yesterday I called AT&T to place an order for the new iPhone 4 and everything went good, after making the upgrade I asked if I could use my old iPhone without a data plan basically use it as a regular phone by swapping the SIM card from my Samsung (second line) and they said NO. They said that I could swap SIM cards but as soon as the system recognizes that what I’m using for that line is an iPhone a data plan will be assigned automatically.

    My question is, is there a way to use my iPhone as a regular phone to at least have the WI-FI advantage?

    I know this is the last option but… jail breaking it would work?

    Can someone give me some ideas as to how I can continue using my old iPhone.

    Thanks

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    How to use my old iPhone as a regular phone
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    When I got my iPhone 3G initially..I used the SIM card from my freebie Nokia phone and everything worked fine without the data plan..however, you have to be VERY careful to avoid any Internet traffic..cuz you'll be paying by the KB which is VERY expensive..

    So see if you can sell your old iPhone (depending on generation) or something..why bothering having 2 phones??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    When I got my iPhone 3G initially..I used the SIM card from my freebie Nokia phone and everything worked fine without the data plan..however, you have to be VERY careful to avoid any Internet traffic..cuz you'll be paying by the KB which is VERY expensive.
    AT&T changed the policy on this since that time. You used to be able to not have a data plan with an iPhone. Now it's required, and as the poster noted, the system will add it if it detects an iPhone.
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    When I logged into the My Wireless part..the system did detect that I had an iPhone, but it didn't force the dataplan onto my account..I guess they must've begun enforcing it..but that's good anyway..since I had the account sans the dataplan for a couple of months and the second month with VERY little data usage, my bill was like $300+..needless to say, I ran to AT&T very quickly to sign up for the $30/month plan..

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    How to use my old iPhone as a regular phone
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    First of all thank you all for your replies.

    So see if you can sell your old iPhone (depending on generation) or something..why bothering having 2 phones??
    Well, I currently have two phone lines, an iPhone and a Samsung.

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    Sorry you're not in Canada -- we don't have such draconian restrictions on iPhones up here (but we do have longer contracts and kinda sucky data charges, so I suppose it evens out).

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    I think there is a Jailbreak app available for this, I know a lot of people with unlocked iPhones that don't have data plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bargsbeer View Post
    I think there is a Jailbreak app available for this, I know a lot of people with unlocked iPhones that don't have data plans.
    Are they using them on AT&T?
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    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Are they using them on AT&T?
    eh, good point. I know there is an option to shut off the "Cellular data Network" on a jailbroken iPhone, Perhaps that would work on Att?
    the OP can't be the only At&t customer trying to use an iPhone without data.

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    I have been using my iPhone 3g (totally stock) on AT&T but with a Pay As You Go Sim. Works great with no data plan. It's probably because it's pay as you go and not a plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    I have been using my iPhone 3g (totally stock) on AT&T but with a Pay As You Go Sim. Works great with no data plan. It's probably because it's pay as you go and not a plan.
    Is that basically the GoPhone plan? I'm wondering if a GoPhone sim would work in the iPhone4 ?

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    Is the Sim the same in the iPhone 4 or is it a smaller micro one? I forget.

    Yeah, it's like the go phone. I have had this same pay as you go number/Sim since back when it was Cingular before AT&T took over. A friend hated his iPhone so I tried the Sim and it worked and bought his iphone used. At first if I opened Safari it would start taking minutes away from my total, but then a year or so back that changed.

    I was told by AT&T I could get a Data Plan if I wanted one for $20 a month. There is so much WiFi around the area I never bothered to save $$$.

    EDIT: Thanks Schweb. I was pretty sure the Sim in the 4 was the new Micro one. I should swing by AT&T and see if a Go Phone plan could be purchased still for the 4 with a Micro Sim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Is the Sim the same in the iPhone 4 or is it a smaller micro one? I forget.
    iPhone 4 has the micro sim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    iPhone 4 has the micro sim.
    I know, but you can cut it down with a exacto knife.

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    I have an iPhone 2G (the original) on an AT&T PAYGO sim. Works fine.

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