Would it be possible? 3G iPhone on "2G" plan?

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I really like the looks of the 3G iPhone, but 1) I don't want to opt for the $30 data plan, 2) I don't want to pay even more for the texts and 3) I don't want to sign up for another 2 years.

So, would it be possible to get a 3G iPhone and NOT change my plan? I don't even have 3G here yet, so it's not like I'd be ripping anyone off.

Thoughts? It wouldn't even have to be unlocked since I'm already an AT&T customer. Ah, but wait, I'd have to activate it....

Hmmm...
 

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That would be awesome. Unfortunately, due to businesss, AT&T would likely never offer that, sorry.
 

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If you could get a hold of a 3G iPhone and unlock, then you'd just put your SIM in there and AT&T would never know you had an iPhone. Then you could just sign up for any data plan I would think.
 

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That would be awesome. Unfortunately, due to businesss, AT&T would likely never offer that, sorry.
I wouldn't expect AT&T to offer it, but I'm wondering if it could be done. Get the phone, keep my current plan...

Hmmm. If I got an unlocked one it WOULD be possible. That is of course if they don't do activations in-store.
 

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If you could get a hold of a 3G iPhone and unlock, then you'd just put your SIM in there and AT&T would never know you had an iPhone. Then you could just sign up for any data plan I would think.
I already have the 1st gen iPhone. I just want the 3G iPhone for looks, level headphone jack and GPS, but I have no interest in getting the $30 data plan (plus adding texts) and signing up for two more years when I don't even have 3G here anyway.
 

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I already have the 1st gen iPhone. I just want the 3G iPhone for looks, level headphone jack and GPS, but I have no interest in getting the $30 data plan (plus adding texts) and signing up for two more years when I don't even have 3G here anyway.
Perfect, then if you can get a hold of a 3G version without signing a contract (good luck!) then you just unlock it and stick in your SIM from your first iPhone. Now you've already got the $20 data plan, as far as AT&T is concerned you are still using the V1 iPhone.
 

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Perfect, then if you can get a hold of a 3G version without signing a contract (good luck!) then you just unlock it and stick in your SIM from your first iPhone. Now you've already got the $20 data plan, as far as AT&T is concerned you are still using the V1 iPhone.
I just wonder how easy it will be to get a 3G phone without a contract. Have they decided if they're doing activations in-store?
 

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I just wonder how easy it will be to get a 3G phone without a contract. Have they decided if they're doing activations in-store?
Yes they have and they will. Maybe someone will discover a trick out of it but until we get more details, you're stuck signing the contract. You could always buy and cancel and pay the $175 ETF, if you think that is better than having to pay for a $30 3G plan. I honestly don't think so though since a 3G data plan would give you, you know, 3G internet while the $175 ETF would just be a fat worthless fee.
 

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Yes they have and they will. Maybe someone will discover a trick out of it but until we get more details, you're stuck signing the contract. You could always buy and cancel and pay the $175 ETF, if you think that is better than having to pay for a $30 3G plan. I honestly don't think so though since a 3G data plan would give you, you know, 3G internet while the $175 ETF would just be a fat worthless fee.
Well poopies. I wonder how they are going to do all those activations in-store on the day the iPhone is released.

Thanks for your input. :laugh2:
 

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If you could get a hold of a 3G iPhone and unlock, then you'd just put your SIM in there and AT&T would never know you had an iPhone. Then you could just sign up for any data plan I would think.
You won't be able to buy one until after you've already signed on the dotted line. No need to unlock it after you've committed.