The iPhone changed way we use our mobile phones. From just being a phone with text, and maybe a simple camera, the iPhone turned our phones in to a device on which we could watch movies, take high quality pictures, surf the web, store our entire music collection and more. The iPhone is so much more than a phone!
I bought my iPhone the week they came out. And for the first two years I loved everything about the iPhone. Everything that is except the bill! With a monthly bill over $100, it was a big expense in my budget. So even though I loved my iPhone, when my two year contract with AT&T was up, I ended it and bought a non-smart phone. And while I now enjoyed the $35 a month phone bills, I missed everything the iPhone offered. Sure, I could still use a lot of the functions like surfing the web and watching movies when connected to WiFi, it wasn’t the same. Wanting to use my iPhone again as my main phone, but not pay the high monthly bill that comes with a two year contract I looked around for a better way… and found it. I discovered I could use my iPhone that was no longer on contract with AT&T’s prepaid service, GoPhone at about a quarter of the cost and it doesn’t involve jail breaking your phone.
First, you’ll need an iPhone. If, like me, you have an old one laying around the house that will work. You can also buy a used one off eBay. Once you have the iPhone you want to use with GoPhone, you’ll need a GoPhone SIM card. The cheapest way to get a new GoPhone SIM card is to buy a new, cheap GoPhone phone. You don’t actually need the phone, just the SIM card. And you can often get a new GoPhone phone at Best Buy for less than $20.
Now that you have your GoPhone SIM card, you’ll need to activate your GoPhone service. Before you put the SIM card in to your iPhone, go to the the GoPhone activation site and follow the instruction for activating the SIM card.
Once activated, you’ll need to select a plan. The plans range from $2 per day to $60 for unlimited everything. Select the one that you think is best for you, but you can always change plans at anytime. Besides the lower bill, one of the great things about a prepaid iPhone plan is you can always change or cancel your service; you’re not tied in to a contract. Once you’ve activated your SIM card and selected a plan you’ll be assigned a new telephone number.
Now you’re ready to insert the SIM card in to the iPhone. With the phone turned off, insert the SIM card and then turn the phone on. You should see the status bar and “AT&T” in the upper left of the screen. You are now on the AT&T network with an iPhone… and paying a lot less than most other people.