Back when the iPhone 4 came out I started paying full price for phones and broke off my contract with AT&T. I know paying $650+ for a phone is a lot of money but so is paying $60+ monthly to get the same phone for $199, not to mention the fact that iPhones change every year and you have to pay more for breaking the 2-year contract. I used to have the unlimited data plan from AT&T but now I am close to Wi-Fi spots at all times and there are very few cases in which I might need internet right away.
With a prepaid plan you have more freedom to choose how much you want to use and spend every month. At the moment I pay $25 for 250 monthly minutes and unlimited texting which is good since I don’t make too many phone calls and if I need a quick favor I can just text them. I haven’t used data on an iPhone for a while until today. I got my iPhone 5 yesterday morning and got home quickly to cut my micro SIM into Nano SIM to get it up and fully working. Shortly after I realized that I bought a phone with 4G capability so why not try it out?
Getting 4G data on AT&T’s GoPhone service is very easy to do and won’t take much of your time. Follow the directions below.
1.Buy an iPhone 5
2.Get a GoPhone SIM card from AT&T or buy a cheap GoPhone at an Electronics retailer like Best Buy that includes the SIM card.
3.Cut the SIM card down to a Nano SIM (Instructions Here)
4.Settings>General>Network>Turn Off Cellular Data
5.From your iPhone 5 go to http://www.unlockit.co.nz/ and as “Carrier” choose “AT&T (PAYG)” then create the APN and Install Profile.
6.Go to paygonline.com/ and purchase whatever minutes or plan you want except for the “Unlimited $50 Monthly Plan” since it won’t work, you will want to purchase the data separately for this to work. You can get up to 1GB of data for $25 which is pretty good. I recommend paying $5 for 50MB for now until you get this to work and then purchase more.
7.Restart iPhone 5
8.Settings>General>Network>Turn On Cellular Data
9.You should see 4G/LTE next to AT&T but just incase, restart it one more time.
10.You’re done, I don’t recommend refilling your data by calling AT&T.
When you complete those ten steps you should be done and data should be working. If you have any questions feel free to contact us here.
(Update 9/24/12) You can use this method to use the device as a prepaid phone without buying data.
(Update 5/30/12) AT&T has made 4G/LTE GoPhone compatible with iPhones. Normal data plans that include smartphones should work now.