1. blaze98's Avatar
    I am wanting to get a Iphone But im 6 months into my contrct with AT&T they did not start selling the Iphones at our Sam's (walmart) untill after i bought my LG VU.... so im wanting to sell my LG VU and get a Iphone instead. My question is, i have been looking on EBAY and have found several 2g 8gig iphones for resonable price ($200-$260) and ther are some 3g 8 gig for $400

    I know i can cancel my contract and get a new contract with a iphone but i would rather not do that unless i have to. i have tried to do some research but have not found much info, what is the difference between the 1st gen 2G 8gig and the 3g 8gig... i know you can do a software update but im really only wanting it for the phone and to use wi-fi on at work im not watning to use the 3g service unless i have to our work has a company wifi network for its people to use.

    Can i use it with just the wi-fi? and would i still be able to use the apps and stuff like that on the 2g 8gig?
    i was looking at a 2g phone untill it makes more sense to get a new one after they come out later on.

    If i do get a new one later down the road will they make me get a data plan with it?

    im really thinking about getting a older one and unlocking it to use on a diff network i hate ATT

    any help would be awesome thanks! I hope this is in the correct section i looked in the sticky post but it didnt have a answer for this/
    Last edited by Blaze98; 05-26-2009 at 11:02 AM.
    05-26-2009 10:54 AM
  2. jamesus's Avatar
    Personally, I would pay more money and get the 3G. 3G data speeds, GPS, and there are some features enabled in the upcoming OS update that will not work on the 2G.
    05-26-2009 01:22 PM
  3. blaze98's Avatar
    right but my contract is not up for a while and if i can get a 2g for now untill i can cancel my contract or get a new iphone when i renew again is what im wanting to do. just wanting some info on if i can use the apps with the 2g phone. all though i see what your saying it would be nice to have a 3g but i dont want to pay through the nose for one yet.
    05-26-2009 04:46 PM
  4. jamesus's Avatar
    Apps from the App store will work on both 2G and 3G, if that is what you are asking.
    05-26-2009 04:54 PM
  5. Tramain's Avatar
    Get he 3G because you WILL NOT be able to get all the 3.0 features like mms and alot more.
    05-26-2009 04:57 PM
  6. jamesus's Avatar
    When does your contract expire?
    05-26-2009 05:04 PM
  7. JustinHorn's Avatar
    When does your contract expire?
    Yeah? If it will expire soon I would just save your money and wait till you can upgraded and get the 3rd gen iPhone that should be out in less than 2 months.
    05-26-2009 05:11 PM
  8. blaze98's Avatar
    i think in a year maybe a year and 3 months.... i was told Sams (walmart) was not going to get the iphone for a while and i needed another phone.. and sams does not mark up their phone like AT&T does. so i signed a new contract and got the LG VU for next to nothing where as at&t was going to charge almost 100 buck for it along with a new 2 year contract. about 3 months after i got it they started selling the Iphone. i cant justify spending 400 bucks on a iphone when i could get a new one for 200 with a new contract OR get a used 2g untill my contract is up then get a new iphone.
    my phone (LG VU) is selling on ebay for about 120-145 and i have seen 2g phones for around 200 so i wouldnt be far off selling my Lg Vu and my Palm Life Drive i should have enuff to get a used one.
    05-26-2009 05:14 PM
  9. JustinHorn's Avatar
    I honestly think you are setting yourself up for disappointment going with the 1st gen iPhone. Also, you should log into your account and check when you are eligible for upgrade. They let you upgrade before the end of your contract and start a new 2 year, but it depends how much you spend monthly to determine how early you can upgrade.

    As a reference the charges on my line are about 140 and I bought the 3G on July 11th and I'm eligible for upgrade on July 12, 2009.
    05-26-2009 05:22 PM
  10. jamesus's Avatar
    Yeah? If it will expire soon I would just save your money and wait till you can upgraded and get the 3rd gen iPhone that should be out in less than 2 months.
    My thoughts exactly...
    i think in a year maybe a year and 3 months.... i was told Sams (walmart) was not going to get the iphone for a while and i needed another phone.. and sams does not mark up their phone like AT&T does. so i signed a new contract and got the LG VU for next to nothing where as at&t was going to charge almost 100 buck for it along with a new 2 year contract. about 3 months after i got it they started selling the Iphone. i cant justify spending 400 bucks on a iphone when i could get a new one for 200 with a new contract OR get a used 2g untill my contract is up then get a new iphone.
    my phone (LG VU) is selling on ebay for about 120-145 and i have seen 2g phones for around 200 so i wouldnt be far off selling my Lg Vu and my Palm Life Drive i should have enuff to get a used one.
    If you can live without MMS and some of the other features, then the 2G is the way you should go. If you want those features, then go with the more expensive 3G. You might want to wait and see if there is a new iPhone announced. I would expect that if one is announced, the market will be flodded with 3G models (mine included) and that would drive the price down.

    Basically, wait until after WWDC to see if there will be a new hardware model this year.
    05-26-2009 05:23 PM
  11. blaze98's Avatar
    so the 2g wont do mms or txt messageing? i guess im a little confused now.
    05-26-2009 06:26 PM
  12. blaze98's Avatar
    and how hard is it to replace a screen on the iphone? if i buy one that has a cracked screen how hard is it to replace one?
    05-26-2009 06:37 PM
  13. Tramain's Avatar
    it can send photos through email and SMS reg but can by recieve normall picture and send photos
    05-26-2009 06:48 PM
  14. blaze98's Avatar
    ohhh ok so it will do normal txt just not multi media mesages like pics
    05-26-2009 06:50 PM
  15. Alli's Avatar
    And the monthly bill will be the same regardless, as you'll be forced to buy a data plan whether you plan on using it or not. So there's no point in getting the 2G unless you live in an area that doesn't get 3G yet.
    05-26-2009 06:52 PM
  16. JustinHorn's Avatar
    ohhh ok so it will do normal txt just not multi media mesages like pics
    Right, MMS will be 2nd gen and 3rd gen only. Also, no A2DP on 1st gen.

    And the monthly bill will be the same regardless, as you'll be forced to buy a data plan whether you plan on using it or not. So there's no point in getting the 2G unless you live in an area that doesn't get 3G yet.
    I think for the 1st gen it will be $20 / month vs $30 for the 3G.

    and how hard is it to replace a screen on the iphone? if i buy one that has a cracked screen how hard is it to replace one?
    I got all the way down to the glass on my g/f iPhone with a smashed screen and couldn't get the glass separated from the metal where the home button and stuff it attached too. I saw a youtube video where these guys spent hours using a hair dryer to melt the glue. Do not try this unless you want to spend many, many hours working on it. Plus the screen will run you like $50-100 (just for the glass), if you need the LCD as well it will be more.
    05-26-2009 06:57 PM
  17. jamesus's Avatar
    and how hard is it to replace a screen on the iphone? if i buy one that has a cracked screen how hard is it to replace one?
    I would advise against buying one with a cracked screen. If it is cracked, then there might be other damage as well.
    05-26-2009 06:58 PM
  18. blaze98's Avatar
    And the monthly bill will be the same regardless, as you'll be forced to buy a data plan whether you plan on using it or not. So there's no point in getting the 2G unless you live in an area that doesn't get 3G yet.
    So i have to buy the data plan if i get a new iphone? even if i will not use it? if this is true it makes more sense for me to buy a used 2g or 3g when the 3rd gen comes out. I just want to make sure im understanding this.... if i get a new one i HAVE to get the Data plan even if i wont use it? i only plan on useing the normal phone service and txting ( i have the unlimited txting now) and use the wi-fi to check my gmail and stuff at work... and if the 2 g will still do normal txting (without pics) thats all i use now. i havent ever sent txt with pics on my phone. i appreciate all the imput, since i have told you more along the lines of what im going to be useing the iphone for (phone/ipod/wi-fi/normal txting) does it make sense to get a 2g phone untill they lower the price of the data package? i think the data package should include txting.

    if i were to get a new 3g phone, i would get it for 200 bucks,+ activation fees+ normal phone service bill ($60) and a additional $30 plan for 3g that i will not use? and the $30 data lan does not cover txting right? if not its another 15$ for txting... please tell me if im wrong..
    Last edited by Blaze98; 05-26-2009 at 07:12 PM.
    05-26-2009 07:07 PM
  19. blaze98's Avatar
    I would advise against buying one with a cracked screen. If it is cracked, then there might be other damage as well.
    after reading your reply and others a cracked screen does sound like a bad idea...
    05-26-2009 07:07 PM
  20. GMJeff's Avatar
    So i have to buy the data plan if i get a new iphone? even if i will not use it? if this is true it makes more sense for me to buy a used 2g or 3g when the 3rd gen comes out. I just want to make sure im understanding this.... if i get a new one i HAVE to get the Data plan even if i wont use it? i only plan on useing the normal phone service and txting ( i have the unlimited txting now) and use the wi-fi to check my gmail and stuff at work... and if the 2 g will still do normal txting (without pics) thats all i use now. i havent ever sent txt with pics on my phone. i appreciate all the imput, since i have told you more along the lines of what im going to be useing the iphone for (phone/ipod/wi-fi/normal txting) does it make sense to get a 2g phone untill they lower the price of the data package? i think the data package should include txting.

    if i were to get a new 3g phone, i would get it for 200 bucks,+ activation fees+ normal phone service bill ($60) and a additional $30 plan for 3g that i will not use? and the $30 data lan does not cover txting right? if not its another 15$ for txting... please tell me if im wrong..
    If you are going to activate it on AT&T's service, yes, the data plan is required. If you are going to unlock and use on another carrier, it still needs to be activated on AT&T.

    The data plan does not cover texting, right, but they do have a $5 plan for 200 texts, I believe.

    As for upgrading early, the upgrade price I was quoted for a 3G two months before my contract is up, is $499.
    05-26-2009 07:17 PM
  21. blaze98's Avatar
    $499? thats insane!!! $5 isnt bad but i go thru 200 txts in a week and thats a minimum...if i already have service ( my phone i have now) and the line is already activated cant i just take the sim card out and put it in the used 2g and it work and i wont have to activate it (again)with at&t?

    thats why i wanted to know if i use my account i already have and my unlimited txting i already have will this work without having to take it to at&t and get a data plan(which i dont want to use) all i want to use is wi-fi on it
    Last edited by Blaze98; 05-26-2009 at 07:36 PM.
    05-26-2009 07:23 PM
  22. GMJeff's Avatar
    You can change the sim card, but you will still need to activate the phone itself.

    From what I have read on here, once it is plugged in and iTunes recognizes it, it will require you to go through the activation process. The activation process will automatically set you up with a data plan. If you take it in to an AT&T store, they will do the same.

    If there is a work around to activation, I am not sure, as it is required to get the phone to work on the network.
    05-26-2009 07:42 PM
  23. Beloved's Avatar
    Now I had an iPhone with Unicel for a few months. Used iTunes and never had to activate it till I switched to AT&T.
    05-26-2009 07:51 PM
  24. GMJeff's Avatar
    Yeah, AT&T is a pain like that sometimes.
    05-26-2009 07:59 PM
  25. blaze98's Avatar
    so no matter what you are going to have a $100+ cell phone bill? and there is no way to cancel the data plan within the first month? when i got my first smartphone i got a discount if i got the data plan and the guy told me i could cancel it the next month and it was fine... i just think its wrong to have the used phone you have to activate it and get a data plan even if your gonna use only the phone/txt/and wi-fi....

    is it like this if i jailbreak it and take it to sprint or verizon or Tmobile?
    05-26-2009 09:04 PM
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