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Do you really want an iPhone on prepaid?

I’m wondering if this would work. PhoneNews.com last week posted a guide on how to get the iPhone 3G for $199, without a contract (emphasis on that last part). There’s some strange math there, including buying a phone on the cheap, and then selling it on eBay for a profit. However, if you’re willing to drop an extra $170, for the early termination fee, you can have the iPhone 3G for $369. At least we think that’s how it works.

Follow the logic here, and feel free to chime in where it is flawed.

You go into the Apple store, and buy your iPhone 3G for $199, and sign up for a tw-year deal. You take it home, play with it for 30 days, and then cancel your service. You can’t cancel it before that, lest you’re forced to return the iPhone 3G. And we don’t want that.

So now you’ve paid $369, and you’ve got an iPhone without a contract. And that’s still cheaper than the original iPhone was selling for.

While it’s not guaranteed to work, you could then theoretically activate it on GoPhone’s data only plan for $20 per month. Of course, AT&T would know about your tricks and would likely stop you in your tracks.

But hey, it’s worth a shot, right?

11 Responses

  1. Christopher Price Says

    Actually, there’s one catch you’re missing. Just because you have an iPhone 3G free and clear of a contract, doesn’t mean it will work on prepaid.

    For that, you may have to wait for someone to make a jailbreak. It remains to be seen, as iPhone 3G units are still bricked due to an Apple server failure this morning…

    But, stay tuned to PhoneNews.com. As soon as we figure out how to make iPhone 3G work on prepaid, we’ll post away.


    Posted on July 11th, 2008 at 11:20 am
  2. Ben Says

    There is another thing you are missing – You also have to pay for that month of service (minimum $70) + $36 activation…. so make that $480 or so…


    Posted on July 11th, 2008 at 3:40 pm
  3. Christopher Price Says

    Update: Yes, iPhone 3G does work out-of-the-box with prepaid. Check PhoneNews.com for all the details.


    Posted on July 12th, 2008 at 9:43 pm
  4. nancy Says

    did this work?? has anyone tried this?!!?


    Posted on July 21st, 2008 at 12:38 am
  5. Natasha Says

    well if you look like a person that doesn’t know anything about electronics you can try that cuz people who don;t look suspisious might not get caught


    Posted on August 28th, 2008 at 8:52 pm
  6. ahmed Says

    so now i know that iphone 3g works on prepaid. but i have a MAJOR question will the iphone 3g still be able to use att’s 3g network even as a go phone, please answer i’m lookin to buy one and unlock it for tmobile. otherwise this is my only hope. becuase if i unlock it for tmobile it will only work on edge, PLEASE REPLY!!!!!


    Posted on December 14th, 2008 at 10:46 am
  7. Joe Says

    I can’t say for sure, ahmed, but there seems to be no reason the iPhone 3G wouldn’t be able to use 3G on prepaid. AT&T offers a number of 3G prepaid phones.


    Posted on December 15th, 2008 at 9:51 am
  8. ahmed Says

    so if i get the iphone 3g prepaid i will be able to use its 3g without contract?


    Posted on December 15th, 2008 at 10:46 pm
  9. Holly Says

    I really want to get someone a iphone for Christmas but i want it to be prepaid and i want it to have internet on it were can i find one like that at?


    Posted on October 7th, 2009 at 11:15 pm
  10. Brian Says

    Ya, if you could find a iphone somehow, buy one maybe on ebay or something, you could go to the store and buy one of those Cingular Pay as You Go phones and activate it, then take the sim card out of that phone and put it in the iphone. should work for you.


    Posted on November 9th, 2009 at 11:47 pm
  11. gus Says

    i just spoke to apple and att reps on the phone for over an hour on trying to activate my iphone on my prepaid account that i’ve had now for a few years and att told me that they no longer support activations on a prepaid account to an iphone since July of this year (2009). I guess that means I got jailbreak it and unlock it to work with my prepaid account.


    Posted on December 1st, 2009 at 12:51 am

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