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Discussion in 'T-Mobile' started by PhotographerJo, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. PhotographerJo

    PhotographerJo New Member
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    I'm thinking about getting an unlocked phone from At&t to use on T-mobile
    but I'm not sure if it'll work at all without a data plan.
    Would I be able to text and call?
    Thanks~
     

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  2. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender
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    I'm 99.9% positive with any carrier contract or prepaid a data plan is required to use a smart phone for a line of service

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  3. PhotographerJo

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    So if I bought an unlocked phone, I wouldn't be able to use any of the basic functions?
    I could do without MMS and web surfing.
     
  4. DragonSlayer95

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    Right, because if you do it in store or online it won't let you proceed without selecting a data plan since a smart phones most main function is data related

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  5. PhotographerJo

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    That was what I thought too but my friend has a Galaxy S2 that he bought from ebay and texting works fine for him without 4g.
     
  6. Crashdamage

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    You should be able to buy an unlocked phone and use it without a data plan. If you buy it from T-Mobile on a Classic Plan then you are required to get data with it.

    Call T-Mobile if you want more details.
     
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  7. PhotographerJo

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    O I see so if I bought an unlocked At&t phone then everything would work except for anything data related?
     
  8. Crashdamage

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    Yes. That's what I said. And I said call T-Mobile for more info.
     
  9. !on

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    Bit of an expensive way to have a basic phone? Sim-free phones aren't subsidised by the carrier, so are more expensive.

    Calls & text will work but the other 90% will want data. You can use the free WiFi in starbucks (or wherever) for that.
     
  10. UltimateD

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    If I buy an unlocked smartphone on Ebay, can I put the SIM card from my current T-Mobile feature phone in and be good to go? Likewise could I do the same with a smartphone that is locked to T-Mobile?
     
  11. Atma

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    Welcome to the forums UltimateD. :ciao:

    Your sim would probably work for the phone on eBay, however, you need to make sure it has the 1700 MHz band or you won't get the 3g/4g data speeds.

    Yes, a T-Mobile phone should be plug and play.
     

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