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    Default Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Is it possible to use an old iPhone with no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    - get a sim card or cheapest regular cell phone from Verizon. Activate the phone

    - put a block on cellular data plan on this line

    - get old iPhone, disable mobile data on it, put the sim card into it and use it cellular data for voice and text only and WiFi for data connection

    Will this work? If not, why?
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    I don't think so. The network should be able to detect that you are using an iPhone or other smartphone.
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    I second D's thoughts. When I worked for the cell phone companies, they could definitely tell and would put data on regardless of the block. It's in the contract.

    You could do it on Go Phone however.
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    The only way that I know of to use an iPhone without a data plan on AT&T's network is either the $25 or $50 prepaid smartphone plan. Both of these plans do not require that you add a data plan on if you don't want to. I have both of my children using their iPhones on the $25 plan without a data plan. They simply use WiFi for data when needed.... Here is a link to the plans if you would like to check them out:
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    I'm not sure about iPhones but my hubby currently uses a blackberry with only voice calls and text messaging. He has a month to month 'no contract' plan and it was his own blackberry. So he is basically using it as a dumb smartphone, he just put the sim card from his old cellphone into my old blackberry. Now if you get a brand new smartphone whether it's an iPhone or Blackberry or Android with a new 2 or 3 year contract YES they do require you to take the data and you can't cancel the data either. This is how it is at least here in Canada.
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Rose View Post
    The only way that I know of to use an iPhone without a data plan on AT&T's network is either the $25 or $50 prepaid smartphone plan. Both of these plans do not require that you add a data plan on if you don't want to. I have both of my children using their iPhones on the $25 plan without a data plan. They simply use WiFi for data when needed.... Here is a link to the plans if you would like to check them out:
    Yes I was also going to mention exactly what Irish Rose said here.
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Quote Originally Posted by wendybeee View Post
    I'm not sure about iPhones but my hubby currently uses a blackberry with only voice calls and text messaging. He has a month to month 'no contract' plan and it was his own blackberry. So he is basically using it as a dumb smartphone, he just put the sim card from his old cellphone into the blackberry. Now if you get a brand new smartphone whether it's an iPhone or Blackberry or Android with a new 2 or 3 year contract YES they do require you to take the data and you can't cancel the data either. This is how it is at least here in Canada.
    Wendy, here in the US every smartphone on a Post Paid Plan including a Blackberry device requires a data plan, unfortunately.
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    Default re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Rose View Post
    Wendy, here in the US every smartphone on a Post Paid Plan including a Blackberry device requires a data plan, unfortunately.
    Yes it's the same here if you want a brand new smartphone, but like what you have your kids on, here with Rogers or Fido using your 'own' smartphone you can have a 'non contract' voice and text messaging plan only to be put on your device and you are not tied into a plan. They block the data.
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    Default Re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Thanks everyone for reply.

    What's is then best solution to add phone line only with iPhone? I am looking for affordable option to get my two kids iPhones with no cellular data plan. I looked at prepaid At&T plan and they look expensive: $25 for 250 min. I can get unlimited plan including 500 MB of cellular data on MetroPCS for $70 for two lines.
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    Default Re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Quote Originally Posted by ls ag View Post
    Thanks everyone for reply.

    What's is then best solution to add phone line only with iPhone? I am looking for affordable option to get my two kids iPhones with no cellular data plan. I looked at prepaid At&T plan and they look expensive: $25 for 250 min. I can get unlimited plan including 500 MB of cellular data on MetroPCS for $70 for two lines.
    My kids do more texting than calling so the $25 plan was perfect for them with having unlimited texting on the plan. In my experience of looking into the same thing, most of the other PrePaid carriers all include a data plan which is something you said you don't want. If you want something cheaper that includes more minutes, you can look into T-Mobile $30/month, or Straight Talk $45/month. Both of those Prepaid carrier plans include data but are still cheaper than Post Paid.
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    Default Re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Net10 is another option. Also aio or boost. Check those as well.
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    Default Re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    Straight talk is another option you can get the SIM card via the web site


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    Default Re: Can I use old iPhone w/no cellular data plan on Verizon or AT&T?

    With my iphone 3gs ive been using it for 9 months and ATT still hasnt added a Data plan. We had the Card blocked from using data Back in '09 so i think that could be a possible reason why i still dont get the data charge.

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