Data service for used iPhone?

iZilla

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I'm considering buying a used iPhone, locked or unlocked. If I use my existing ATT sim card, will I be able to get data access (text, messaging, internet) with the iPhone? If not, what would I have to do to get data access?
 

shutter13

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Yes you should have data access initially via pay per use. You are required to have an iPhone data plan if you use an iPhone on AT&T's network.
 

gharrrrr

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huh, lets get a few things sorted out first. The iPhone doesn't have a "sim" card. Its not like the older model phone where you could just switch sims from phone to phone. You will have to back up you current sim to a memory card, then to comp (or just on a scratch pad if your oldschool). Secondly, if you wish to keep your AT&T service, there is no point to buying an "unlocked" iPhone. You can just buy any used iPhone, call up AT&T and activate it on your current service plan (plus aprox. 20 for the data plan) and be up and running with phone, text, and email. The only purpose of "unlocking" an iPhone is for use on an alternative network (virgin, t-mobile, verizon, etc.) If this is the case, then the sim rules still aply, however you have to active your phone as a separate smartphone with similare features and basically lie to your service provider. I suggest just going with AT&T for service and buying a new iPhone (there are rumors of a new model coming out soon too) and if you buy a used one look for one that is "jailbroke" but not "unlocked". An "jailbroken" iPhone has access to third party software but is still using the AT&T network and services. Hope this helps! Post back with any furture questions.:laugh2:
 

shutter13

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huh, lets get a few things sorted out first. The iPhone doesn't have a "sim" card.
Yes it does!

(plus aprox. 20 for the data plan)
20 bucks for original iPhone, 30 bucks for iPhone 3G data plan.
 

Aaron

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huh, lets get a few things sorted out first. The iPhone doesn't have a "sim" card. Its not like the older model phone where you could just switch sims from phone to phone.
Oh really so how do I transfer between my 2 iPhones then? not a memory card. It has a sim card in the top of the phones you remove with a paper clip
 

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gharrrr, obviously doesn't have an iPhone or know much about them.
 

gharrrrr

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ha

wow, you guys are harsh. i'm sorry some of my information was misinforming and/or outdated. i bought my phone so long ago i had really forgot a lot of the specifics. sorry it bothered y'all so much. oh and check the screenshot.
 
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ZR_Yancy

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wow, you guys are harsh. i'm sorry some of my information was misinforming and/or outdated. i bought my phone so long ago i had really forgot a lot of the specifics. sorry it bothered y'all so much. oh and check the screenshot.
it's ok dude. it's the internet. don't take it seriously.
 
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