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Will an IPhone 5S need a data plan?


I am on the "bring your own device $15 a month pre paid plan." I have unlimited texting, and picture messaging, but no data. If I buy an iPhone 5S will it be able to work on this plan? I'm not sure if you must have a data plan with an iPhone.

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AFAIK, you will need some data availability for picture messaging and iMessage to work. Not an enormous quantity of data necessarily, but some will be needed. Roll the dice and buy a small booster to see what you need over time. Otherwise, I predict you will be cursing your iPhone needlessly.
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You only need wi-fi for iMessage
Userlevel 6
Hi Alisha, you won't need a data booster to send and receive picture messages with our prepaid service! If you don't need internet on your iPhone, you can definitely use it without data 🙂 Enjoy your new phone! 
Yannick wrote:

Hi Alisha, you won't need a data booster to send and receive picture messages with our prepaid se...

Thank you so much!
Yannick wrote:

Hi Alisha, you won't need a data booster to send and receive picture messages with our prepaid se...

I have more than one iPhone on the $15 pre paid plan. None of them can send pictures by text? Only iMessage. Help!
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Yannick wrote:

Hi Alisha, you won't need a data booster to send and receive picture messages with our prepaid se...

What happened when you turn off iMessage > turn on Data >and send pics by text?
Yannick wrote:

Hi Alisha, you won't need a data booster to send and receive picture messages with our prepaid se...

They just sit there not sending when you turn off iMessage. We don't have data. The plan says text and picture message?
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Yannick wrote:

Hi Alisha, you won't need a data booster to send and receive picture messages with our prepaid se...

You data radio needs to be turned on to send or receive picture messages. You aren't billed for that portion of data use.

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