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iPhone 3G works with Go Phone out of box

When the iPhone 3G was first released, we went over a way to use it on prepaid. This was all just theoretical, though. As far as I understood, no one had really tried it yet — or at least hadn’t tried it and then written about it on the Internet. Thankfully, someone has finally publicized their experience. This comes from Erica at The Unofficial Apple Weblog. She popped a Go Phone SIM card into an iPhone 3G, and voila! No unsightly mess. No big clean-up. In her words:

“I did not pwn the iPhone. I did not unlock the iPhone. It. Just. Worked.”

Erica notes that you can take advantage of AT&T prepaid deals which can bring down the cost of the refill cards. For instance, you can nab certain refurbished Nokia phones with $100 of airtime for $80. You can then apply the $100 to your prepaid data plan, which costs $20 per month.

It’s good to know that this really does work. The only issue, of course, is getting an iPhone 3G without a contract.

8 Responses

  1. matt Says

    I got around this with my Iphone. Buy 2 of the same gophones. Go online to activate at ATT. Activate the sims card from the 1st using the 2nd phones EMIE. This way the card won’t be locked or “married” to the phone that it was package with. [ I bought the 1st phone authorized it the card, using the its EMIE turned it on, took out the card and it didn't work in the Iphone only in the gophone. Found out that it was married to the phone, essentially the sims was locked for 180 days or something stupid. So I purchased a second one. ] With the second I first tried to authorize it with my Iphone EMIE but it didn’t work (it said call error occurred call customer service…lol ..screw that), and so tried it using the EMIE from the 1st gophone that I had already activated ( ie…the one it wasn’t package with, I figured they’re both the same brand, model , why would ATT care about that) The authorization went through, so I popped the sims card out of the plastic credit card looking thing and straight into the Iphone (note … it never touched the gophone, its first use of service was the Iphone)…bam… 4 bars ATT logo and a 3G. I found out I lost the “15 start up minutes” that came with the phone because I didn’t use the original packaged phone to authorized (If you read the fine print, its in there and says when activated the sims won‘t function on antoher phone for a period of time…screw that…), so I put 30.00 in the account, got the data plan (19.99) and the 1 a day 0.10 minute plan…works great…

    I’ve been keeping an eye on my data plan.. I noticed my bill data is 500000kb a month and this is what you want to keep an eye on even though my phone says I move close to 85 to 95 mg….I’m in WIFI a lot because of home and University settings but I knew I was drastically under there fake unlimited plan ( which is really 5 gb).

    I’d say just buy one from the store and copy the EMIE from another package because there next to the sku number, but when I purchased mine at check out is, its was electronically registered or something (something like authorizing, or activating came up on the register, even the Target employee commented that it scanned they scan differently)


    Posted on August 23rd, 2009 at 12:08 am
  2. Jonathan Taufer Says

    Matt, how long ago were you able to do this? When you say activate with the other phones imie, do you mean online? Also how did you add the data plan, when i look online it’s locked out?


    Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
  3. taylor Says

    Does this really work? As far as the 3g network?


    Posted on January 4th, 2010 at 12:31 pm
  4. Alex Says

    My friend is giving me her old iphone. Its not activated. I was wondering if i could pop my “unmarried” go phone sim card in there and it would work? Would it? Plus, i only spend 25 dollars a month on my phone. $20 for unlimited text and $5 for calling. Would that aldo work in the iphone that im getting, or do i need to get a gophone media package. PLEASE PLEASE RESPOND!! Thanks.


    Posted on March 6th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
  5. soniczed Says

    matt yes it will work thats how i have it just some iphones 3g internet does not ork on go phone but thats really strange case i have 3 iphones allwith gophone sims all functions working


    Posted on May 5th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
  6. Juanita Vega Dejoseph Says

    So based on what soniczed says I can buy a new unactivated gophone sim card from eBay stick it in any iPhone and it will work?


    Posted on June 29th, 2011 at 5:14 am
  7. Dane Henas Says

    I already had a gophone account, bought a used iphone 3G, and a G3 sim card from ebay (I read that the cingular card in the gophone was problematic). Got the new sim card activated on my existing account (I told them I lost the old phone). I gave them the IMEI number from the old phone Put the sim card in the iphone…and nothing “No Service”. Just to check that the new sim card was activated, I put it back in the old phone to check that it works and it does. What am I doing wrong?


    Posted on July 6th, 2011 at 6:15 pm
  8. Juan Says

    Dane, go to an ATT store and tell them you lost your phone, and you only need the SIM card (because you already have a phone) but do not mention the Iphone. The SIM card if is your first time replacing it, you will pay nothing, and with this SIM your Iphone will work. It worked for me!


    Posted on September 9th, 2011 at 1:14 am

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