I used the 2g iphone trick to get unlimited data
Ok. For starters, I work for at&t and have known this work around could possibly still work. I just added a new line to get the inspire on an emo (at&t management plan) and had to pick the 2gig or 200mb data. Here is what I have done.
I took my original 2g iphone, put my sim card in it and connected it to itunes. It goes through the setup and I select the $20 unlimited data. I then have a co worker change my imei to my inspire (this didnt work as it removed data altogether). So I did the iphone to itunes again, and this time changed the imei in the system to an iphone 3gs instead of my inspire. Boom, unlimited data was a choice.
right now I have iphone data plan (unlimited) and although different billing codes nothing seems to be affected. I can still surf, talk, text, email.
I plan on in the next few days trying to change the imei to the correct inspire so that I can have the hspa+ billing codes.
I will update later to let you know if I am able to select the unlimited data again!
- 02-23-2011, 10:52 PM #2
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If i left it with the original iphone data plan I would have only been paying $20, but I changed it to a 3GS and its $30 (but if you get a discount off your monthly service it applies to the $30 but not the $20 one). I think I may wait until the end of my billing cycle before trying to change from an iphone data plan to the hspa+ data plans. The original iphone is the ONLY smartphone that had a $20 data plan.
- 03-05-2011, 08:59 AM #5
Your post is very informative as I had wondered if the loophole only works from the 2G iPhone to a newer model iPhone, which is what I did. Your next step of switching from the 3GS to the Inspire is what I need to know next as I plan to go to eventually go to an Android phone from the 3GS as I want a phone with a replaceable battery.
Looking forward to your update.
Updated information. So today it seems like our system is fixed that when you change IMEI's we can still pick the unlimited data. So now my account shows that I have the 4g Unlimited Smart Phone data for $30 a month. Everything is working fine. So now when my area does get hspa+ Im good to go.
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Thank you for your help. Congratulations on your plan!
- 04-22-2011, 08:29 AM #16
1 Hard reset iphone.(Do not put your sim in the iphone, yet). Hold down home key and power key> when the apple shows up relese power key but not home key> you will see a usb deal pop up on the iphone you can now release the home button.
2 put your inspire sim in the iphone and connect it to itunes via usb.
3 you will see an option to RESTORE on your computer screen. Click resore and enjoy the show.
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- 04-22-2011, 12:50 PM #18
Thanks! While I wait for the 2g to arrive, maybe I should get my sim card ready. What size should I look for (I want to wind up with newer iphone) and what types of situations could a person have to ask for one at the att store? I mean what are reasons I would need one, ...other than for this loophole?
I do have an att account, if that would help. (someone else uses that phone)
- 04-23-2011, 12:58 AM #19
Confirmed this works. Bought a $30 broken screen 2g iPhone off craigslist. Reformatted the phone and got to the point where it asked me to insert a sim card. Put in my inspire sim card (which was one of the new "4g" sim cards. Followed basic instructions on iTunes to activate. It asked for my billing zip code and last 4 of social. Put it in and within Seconds had the unlimited plan on my line for 20 bucks a month registered to a 2g iPhone.
Called AT&T and told them I just bought an inspire from a friend and wanted to activate it. They asked for the imei and made the change. I said I wanted to ensure I would still get my unlimited data, the rep said yes!! However the cost would be $30 a month instead of the $20 for the 2g iPhone. I said no problem. Hung up the phone and put the sim card in the inspire. Works perfectly. Went on to the AT&T website to verify. They call the plan "smartphone personal"
Now the best part is I use the coredroid gingerbread rom which enables the hotspot feature. So now I have unlimited data for my laptop and ipad2 as well.
Thanks to the OP for posting this. Worked perfectly!!
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From what I have read online, there is a barrier of about 5GB that will set off a red flag on your account. It seems like people that use the tethering only every so often are fine.
I think it's a lot like speeding on the freeway. Sure, a lot of people do it and the chances of getting caught just depend on how smart of a speeder you are. Of course if you are going 125+ down the freeway - you're chances of getting caught are A LOT higher than going 80.
I think tethering is the same analogy.
- 04-24-2011, 10:19 PM #24
Went to check my voicemail today and it had been totally reset and had to reconfigure it with password, etc. ODD. I had to do this after getting Inspire on Unlimited plan.
Went to check back on wireless.att.com and they had switched my plan from the generic smartphone unlimited back to the original iphone unlimited plan. Good news is its $10 cheaper a month.
Can the OP give a suggetion on this since you work for ATT. Was this something that was done by a sweep or by a rep? It seemed to have happened within the last day.
Can I just leave the Inspire on a iPhone plan? I tried to switch it back to the generic plan on the ATT website and it said my phone wasnt eligible? However, the login screen shows that I am using the Inspire?
- 04-25-2011, 04:21 AM #25