Help my family use our iPhones without data plans!
March 18, 2012 3:38 PM Subscribe
AT&T's mandatory iPhone data plan is killin' me!
posted by ptsampras14 to Technology (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In my AT&T contract, I have a family plan arrangement of four iPhones. My family and I cannot justify the added $100 for us each to have the contract-mandated iPhone data plan since we are almost always in Wi-Fi range. Originally, I placed each SIM card into one of our old Motorola RAZRs and enabled a data block. Then, I would simply place the SIM card back into my iPhone. This used to work like a charm.
But now AT&T has become more strict and frequent with their IMEI sweeps, so each month one or two of us will receive a text message: “[AT&T] has added the appropriate data plan.” I am then forced to reinstate the data block using a RAZR, which is tedious.
This cannot go on! Here are my options as I (barely) understand them. Please clarify for me or suggest an alternative:
• Alter the IMEI of each of the iPhones to that of a dumbphone. Punishable by fine, but not illegal in the US I believe. I have no idea how to do this.
• Cancel my service with AT&T which is approximately a $150 fee with a dumb phone. Then, transfer our accounts to a pay-as-you go service that doesn’t mind us using iPhones. Any suggestions for a provider that doesn't care? Can we keep our same phone numbers?
• Can any of those weird named unlocking software (ultrasn0w) help me in anyway?
Thank you very much for your help and knowledge.