Prepaid iPhone 3g In 4 Easy Steps
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Step 1. You need an iPhone 3G that isn’t in contract. Check out ebay or craigslist to pick up an iPhone 3G that isn’t in contract. Expect to pay around $300 for a 8GB iPhone 3G. Trust me it’s worth it. Let’s compare between the GoPhone Plan and the 2 year contract you’d have to sign with AT&T.
AT&T 2 Year Contract
|8GB iPhone 3G – $300
||8GB iPhone 3G – $99
|Unlimited Talk & Text – $60
||Unlimited Talk & Text + Required Data Plan – $119.99
||2 yr Contract
|Total Paid Over 2 Years – $1,740
||Total Paid Over 2 Years – $2,979
Step 2. You need a brand new Sim Card. You can typically get one Free if you go into an AT&T store and ask for one. If you go to an AT&T dealer they may charge you for it. So just make sure to call ahead. When you go into pick one up just tell them you need a new Sim card because you are buying an AT&T phone. They shouldn’t ask you any more questions… but in case they do DO NOT TELL THEM THE SIM CARD IS FOR AN IPHONE!!!!
If you don’t have an AT&T store near you you can pick up a Sim card on ebay for about $4. You can also get a Sim card with a prepaid phone from AT&T… but the Sim card locks to that prepaid phone for 6 months. So it won’t work in an iPhone. But if you have an AT&T prepaid phone you can always just ask for a new Sim card for that.
Step 3. Activate the Sim card. You can do that over the phone or online. I activated mine online and I used the IMEI# from an AT&T prepaid phone that I had. Any IMEI# from an AT&T phone will work as long as it’s not an iPhone IMEI#. If you can’t get a hold of an IMEI# call in and tell them you want to activate the Sim card but don’t have the phone yet. You shouldn’t have any problems getting your Sim card activated either way. If you call in to activate your Sim card DO NOT TELL THEM IT’S FOR AN IPHONE!!!
Step 4. Insert your newly activated Sim card into your iPhone and you should have service.
A couple of notes… your 3G iPhone doesn’t have to be jailbroken or unlocked to use with the GoPhone plan. I’ve heard that 2G iPhones do need to be unlocked. Now if you want to use your 3G iPhone with a different prepaid service provider you’ll need to get your iPhone unlocked.