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iPhone 3gs/4gs on GoPhone Network

Here I will explain how I was able to use my iPhone with the AT&T GoPhone network, reducing my monthly bill from $130 a month to anywhere between $30 and $50 a month. Regardless of what you may have read other places… this IS POSSIBLE.

NOTE: Your iPhone device will need to be unlocked and jailbroken to use this feature. If your device is not unlocked and jailbroken, please do a google search and perform those steps first.

Background:

I originally signed up for a two-year contract with AT&T for the iPhone plan. This plan was around $130 a month for two years. Once my contract expired, I began looking at other options.

The first thing I did was switch my service to TMobile. I knew the iPhone would work on their network, and I could use their $50 pay as you go plan. However, I was only able to receive EDGE speed. I was NOT able to get 2G or 3G. This is because the hardware in the iPhone is not compatible with the TMobile network at any speed faster than EDGE.

Then I tried with Net10, but ran into problems with the sim card not being allowed on other phones except the one it was purchased with.

So, I decided to try the AT&T GoPhone route. And I am happy to say, everything worked out perfectly!

Getting Started:

The first thing you will need to do is purchase a GoPhone. Any phone will do. I simply purchased the cheapest phone I could find (at Walgreens) for $9.99. You will also need to purchase an air-time card (I purchased the $25 card, but $50 is available also), and a data plan which can be purchased at either $5, $15 or $25.

Once you have your new GoPhone, follow the steps exactly how I have them listed below.

  1. Insert your new sim card into your new GoPhone.
  2. Call the number for AT&T GoPhone activation. DO NOT activate online.
  3. Make sure to also activate the air-time card, and the data-plan card.
  4. After successful activation, explain to the CSR that you would like to unlock the sim card so that it can be used in other compatible phones.
  5. Once your sim card is unlocked, switch it over to your iPhone.
  6. You should now be able to send and receive both phone calls and text messages.
  7. To get your data plan working, you will need to adjust the network settings for the iPhone.

Setting up the Data Plan:

To set up the cellular data plan, you will need to first connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi connection. Once you are connected to Wi-Fi, use Safari to navigate to http://www.unlockit.co.nz on your device.

Choose “Continue”, and then choose “Custom APN”. Next, choose “Create Profile”.

Choose your country, and then select your service provider. In this case, select GoPhone.

Lastly, re-spring your device. You should now see 3G on your device. Disable the iPhone from the Wi-Fi network, and test to make sure you can connect to the internet via AT&T GoPhone 3G.

Video Tutorial:

(Video Coming Soon)

Things to Remember:

To use the iPhone with the GoPhone plan, and be able to transfer data, you will need two separate plans. The first plan is either a $25 plan or a $50 plan. This is for your talk and text. Both include unlimited text. The difference is that the $25 plan includes 250 minutes of talk time, while the $50 plan includes unlimited talk time.

Next, you will need a data plan. AT&T no longer offers unlimited data plans. Now, they have a three-tier system of plans. The three plans available are $5 (50 megabytes), $15 (200 megabytes) and $25 (1 gigabyte). The price of the data plan is relative to the amount of data available.

More information about talk and text plans, as well as data plans, can be found on the AT&T GoPhone website.

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  1. Iphone

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  2. Nette

    Hi Josh,

    I have an existing go phone plan and just bought a refurbished 3gs iPhone (need it to process credit cards). I can use the phone and text, just not the data plan. AT&T now offers service w/ 1g data plan for $65. Do you know whether I’ll still need to “jail break” my phone to do the data plan?

    Any assistance or suggestions would be great!

    1. Josh Lobe

      Hi Nette,

      As far as I know… if the iPhone was originally locked to the AT&T network.. and you are using it on their network again… there should be no issues. You shouldn’t need to jailbreak. You might want to see if you can check where you got the phone.. and see which network is was set to originally.

  3. test

    I am really thankful to the author of this post in making this lovely and useful article stay here for people. We genuinely appreciate ur effort. Keep the good perform….

  4. Yordan

    Hi everybody. I actually was able to get my iPhone 3gs unlocked with http://www.unlockit.co.nz. I am using go phone pan, 250 min and unlimited textsfor $25. Also I have the 1Gb data plan for $25 and its working without jailbreak. I try a few months ago but it didn’t works, but recently I was able to make it work. So it’s possible too!!!

    1. Josh Lobe

      Yes, the link you mention is used to automatically set the APN settings for known “accepted configurations”. While this can work the majority of the time, it’s not necessarily guaranteed to work. The only limitation to your setup is the 1 Gb of data. Using NET10 described above… you can get unlimited data… for $5 cheaper. However, if you don’t use the additional data… then it’s really a “mute” point :)

      Yeah, you want to be aware of your APN settings if you’re having trouble texting or accessing the data package. And the link above can certainly be a useful tool when trying out different settings.

      Thanks for letting us know your experience!!

  5. Ted

    I did something similar, but it’s $50 (no tax an such) unlimited text/talk and 500mb data. h2owireless.com or redpocket.com They are both reselling att air/data. There’s no need to jailbreak or use another att device to set up and you can port your number.

    1. Josh Lobe

      Hi Ted. I actually switched after this post to Net10. I was able to get unlimited talk/text plus unlimited web. And all at 3G speed and for $50 monthly. They offer both AT&T compatible and TMobile compatible sim cards. I will update my post soon. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience!

      1. Kara

        Were you able to use your ATT Iphone with Net10?

        1. Josh Lobe

          Yes. It is actually what I used to write this post. When you unlock the phone, it will allow it to be used on any carrier. Unlocking is different than Jailbreaking. Jailbreaking simply opens the iPhone to allow custom software to be ran on it’s OS. Jailbreaking does nothing to allow you to use the iPhone on other carriers. However, to get the Unlocking software to run on your iPhone, you must first Jailbreak it… so.. I guess they kinda go hand in hand ;)

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