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Using a smart phone on a feature phome plan?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by rjniles, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. rjniles

    rjniles Member
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    I have a friend with whom I text frequently. She has a an AT&T feature phone plan (minutes and test only, no data). Texting with a feature phone is a PIA. I would like to give her an older AT&T Samsung smartphone to use. As both phones have the same size SIM, it would be just a matter of swapping the SIMS. This would let her text easily and would let her access the Net with WIFI.

    My question is, does AT&T care or will they even know?
     
  2. charlyee

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    AT&T does care and they will know. They can tell by the IMEI number as soon as calls are made from it.

    It may happen with the first phone call or could be never. :)


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  3. rjniles

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    Does AT$T have a policy that bans this? What difference does it make to them? Would they allow it if I registered the new phone on the account?
     
  4. dmapr

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    The short answer AT&T wants all smartphones to have a data plan and it's more expensive for smartphones than feature phones on contract accounts, don't recall on the mobile share plans. So as long as AT&T detects any discrepancy that in their determination is "underpayment" they'll act on it by adding an "appropriate" data plan. Using an actual AT&T smartphone is the most sure fire way to trip it up.

    They used to be completely incapable of detecting unbranded smartphones but they've gotten better at it lately, so even that won't guarantee the plan being added.
     
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    On prepaid, they don't care. If you put a prepaid SIM into a smartphone, you will have to either buy data, or have no data at all.

    I bought my mom a ZTE Maven on Black Friday. She is on the ten cent per minute plan. As a result, data does not work. Talk, text, and picture messaging work perfectly fine. AT&T has other prepaid plans, that are monthly, and some have data, and some don't. May be worth checking into.

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  6. rjniles

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    She is on an AT&T Go-Phone plan, so it might be worth a try. I have a ZTE Open with Firefox OS than I will let her try. The IMEI ought to confuse them for a while. Thanks to all for the input.
     
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    Ah, as @QLR has pointed out, the GoPhone plan should just work. I don't think there's anything to worry about.
     

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