Many people are starting to switch to the prepaid cell phone plans. There are several reasons as to why… but overall the biggest reason I switched was the cost. With AT&T I could get unlimited minutes and unlimited texting for $60 a month. Being that I use my cell phone for my business it was a no brainer for me.
And the reason I use AT&T was because I wanted an iPhone. Now I had heard that you could use iPhone and that AT&T wasn’t all that reliable so I did a little research. And from what I found AT&T was still a little more reliable than T-Mobile the other GSM Network where I’m located.
For those of you who don’t know AT&T and T-Mobile use a GSM Network and Verizon uses a CDMA Network. The basic difference is that on a GSM Network you have what’s called a Sim Card. Here is what a sim card looks like. And the cool thing about the Sim card is that you can load all your contacts onto it and you can transfer your phone number and contacts with it to any phone that will accept the Sim card. Well all you need is one of these Sim cards to get your iphone to work on the AT&T GoPhone network. And I’m going to share with you here the exact steps to get one and how to setup a prepaid iphone 3g.
Step 1. You need an iPhone 3G that isn’t in contract. Check out the ebay listings below 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