If you are like most iPhone users, you are very proud to have the best in mobile technology in your pocket and feel an extra boost of confidence every time you pull out your device. We get it, you’re cool, you can afford to pay $99/month in a jacked up economy. Ok let’s say you’re not one of those customers who can afford the $100 tag for all you can eat iPhone. Well maybe this can help you keep the device you love and finally treat your friends to that latte you’ve been promising for months.
Now technically speaking this is dishonest, and if you do it and are caught, I am not liable for ANYTHING. Just like Jailbreaking your iPhone, you do this at your own risk and there may or may not be consequences. You will sacrifice the ability to receive text messages directly to your number but I’ll tell you how to get around that. With that said, you’ll need: a back up low-end phone, and an iPhone, yeah that’s really it, oh and an internet/WIFI connection
Step 1: Call AT&T customer service and tell them you no longer want to use your iPhone and would like to switch to another device, they will blah blah blah you but insist. They will ask for the ESN code for your other phone, I used my old Sony Erricsson W810i. At this time take the SIM card out of your iPhone and set it aside. Once they have made the switch ask them to put you on the $39.99 voice plan, and to add the $15 unlimited data for non-smartphones to your plan. Thank them and hang up.
Step 2: Put the SIM card back into your iPhone and reboot the device, twice to be safe but once is just fine. Make sure you are able to access a WIFI access point and connect your iPhone, then go to www.unlockit.co.nz then follow the pictures above. Now, download textfree, or textplus, or any other free text messaging app you like to be able to send text messages.
Step 3: Go online to your AT&T account and make sure that the device listed there is the one you switched to, AT&T has a funny habit of changing it back to the iPhone, so make sure it stays a non-smartphone or they may try to get you. That is pretty much it, and you’re welcome.
If you have any questions or issues, please comment.