5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 12, 2012 7:57 AM by johnsu RSS

Prepaid (voice & text only) with factory unlocked iPhone 3 GS?

I've been using a Treo680 with prepaid, but it's damaged.  Can I put the sim card in a factory unlocked iphone 3GS and continue to use my prepaid account limited to voice & text?  This phone will cost me over $300, so I need a high-confidence answer before I purchase.  I'd really appreciate help with this.  Essentially, I'll use it like an iPod Touch, that also handles callls.

  • 1. Re: Prepaid (voice & text only) with factory unlocked iPhone 3 GS?

    You can actually buy a 3GS for around 150 on the secondary market, and as to answer, Im not sure but if its Tmobile, then yes, you can. You just have to use Itunes for downloading apps, or whatever market, by chance Cydia also, to get applications.

  • 2. Re: Prepaid (voice & text only) with factory unlocked iPhone 3 GS?

    Thanks for the info johnsu.  I had to re-register to reply, so now I'm pidg2, still the OP.  And yes, it's TMO prepaid voice  & text only.

     

    Where can I find a 3S for $150? - on ebay factory unlocked are $375+.  Or is $150 for jailbroken iphones?

     

    I want to be able to reset the phone & use the app store via wifi or itunes, so I'm not interested in Cydia, and I thought a factory unlocked iphone would mean I could avoid all the aggrivation that goes along with jailbreaking???  Except for the MMS issue, which appears fixable, and is not an issue for me if I don't get MMS, but I want SMS. 

     

    Does MMS work if I don't have a data plan, but will have wifi?

  • 3. Re: Prepaid (voice & text only) with factory unlocked iPhone 3 GS?
    sharkmok

    Why would you paid >$375 for 3GS on ebay when apple is selling the new factory unlocked 3gs for $375?  Ok, the apple has only 8G of memory but still.

     

    Anyway, I have a few friends using factory unlocked 3GS on tmobile prepaid without data.  I do get calls and SMS from them, so I think call and sms works fine.

  • 4. Re: Prepaid (voice & text only) with factory unlocked iPhone 3 GS?

    Thanks - you verified what a TMO rep told me and other research that indicated it will work with prepaid.  With all I've read about the 4S & Seri, I decided to go big-time and ordered a 4S from Apple.  Should be quite a step up from the Treo I've been using for years.

     

    MY QUESTION IS ANSWERED, but I can't change the status of the original post, cause I had to re-register as pidg2.

  • 5. Re: Prepaid (voice & text only) with factory unlocked iPhone 3 GS?

    im not entirely sure, but you may have to adjust your mms settings in the iphone to match tmobiles. I know I had talk and text unlimited and still got MMS just fine, but I was told to adjust my settings since its the iphone. As to your answer on the 3GS, i got mine off craigslist for 130. Apple is also Unlocking non contracted iphones for free if you call them now, so theres that option.