Unlocking a 2g phone (First time user help PLEASE)

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  1. Insurge2

    Insurge2 New Member

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    Hi I am going to buy a unlocked iphone 2g off ebay or craigslist soon. I just wanted to know how can I tell its unlocked when I buy it and what would I have to do once I buy it and its unlocked? I will be using a AT&T Sim card with unlimited texting btw. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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  3. Insurge2

    Insurge2 New Member

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    But what if the phone is unlocked already?
    And Ive been reading up on the data charges
    Can anyone fill me in on that?
    Can AT&T charge me?
    And how can I turn them off?
    Sorry I am new to all of this
    Thanks
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    Will you have any data plan on your account? If not the best bet is to turn Edge off and you will not be able to access any data outside of WiFi. To turn off Edge you will need SBSettings and you can toggle it off. You will still see the "E" on the iPhone but no data will be accessed through the cellular network.

    If you don't use the data; at&t should be OK about it. It would not be a good idea to tell at&t you are using an iPhone but I never had a problem using a 2G on any at&t plan I had.
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    Drew thanks for the help thus far
    a few more questions
    WHere would this SBS settings come from?
    Is it on the phone or is it something from Jailbreaking it?
    And has AT&T charged u thus far with your edge off?
    and how exactly does having edge off affect signal if at all?
    thanks again
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    You can get the SBSettings from Cydia and yes you will have to jailbreak it to do so (but I am guessing it is already JB to be unlocked).

    With Edge turned off the phone cannot connect to the data network (I believe it just changes the APN) so no information will be passed through the cellular network (can still make phone calls and texts without an issue). No, at&t will not charge you since you will not be transferring any data and I never had a problem with it.

    Again, you will still have the "E" icon for edge but if you try to connect to anything outside of a WiFi network it will try to connect but it will fail. It will not affect the cellular coverage for phone calls and SMS.
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    why do u need to unlock if youre using an AT&T sim...
  8. DrewGzy

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    It depends what kind of plan he is going to use. I was using a Prepay plan with at&t and had to unlock my iPhone to run it.

    Also, since it is a 2G and doesn't take much extra effort to perform the unlock I would rather carry an unlocked phone with just in case.

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