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Are there options for data-only plans for factory unlocked iPhone?
June 23, 2011 5:13 AM   Subscribe

I want to get an iPhone primarily as a portable computer/GPS/camera, and sometimes if someone wants to Skype me, that would be okay too. I am uninterested in getting tied down to a voice plan for what sounds like an eternity. Thus, with the option to get an unlocked phone from the Apple Store, what are my options for data-only plans? AT&T seems to be the best data provider where I live (in the Upper CT River Valley of NH), so I found their list of plans at http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/services/services-list.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0060AL-0-2&catId=cat2510038&catName=Data+%26+Internet&_requestid=237492 . Most of these are GSM plans but as a newb I'm concerned about the list of acceptible phones for each plan. Is there any reason these won't work with an unlocked GSM iPhone?
posted by Opa-Opa to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Why don't you get an itouch.
posted by TheBones at 6:23 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Asking at the ATT forum might be helpful.

http://forums.att.com/t5/Apple-iPhone/bd-p/apple
posted by shoyu at 6:45 AM on June 23, 2011


You didnt specifically mention voice - iPad 3G?
posted by wongcorgi at 6:53 AM on June 23, 2011


I wholely support this idea. I use 1GB of wifi data for every 10MB of 3G. But, wireless is a cartel in the US and you will be hardput to find a provider that won't *require* you to purchase an expensive "smartphone dataplan". Of course, that's what the unlocked phone is trying to change!!

Check out the smaller prepaid type brands: cricket etc, because they may have more leeway in structuring plans.
posted by tintexas at 8:20 AM on June 23, 2011


Cricket is a CDMA provider and can't use the current unlocked iPhone.
posted by The Lamplighter at 10:27 AM on June 23, 2011


iPad 3G.
posted by oceanjesse at 1:55 PM on June 23, 2011


Agreeing with the people who say that you don't need an iPhone.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 7:25 PM on June 23, 2011


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