Last week I got an excellent used iPhone 5 for $130 and I was in need of an AT&T GoPhone Starter Kit to activate the iPhone. Without sim card we can’t activate an iPhone which means you can’t use the iPhone. After couple of hours of googling online finally I got free AT&T GoPhone Starter kit from an AT&T Store near by
The iPhone I purchased was a backup phone and mostly intended to use at home while connected to WiFi. Occasionally I wanted to make a call or two. So my objective was very clear – spend as less as possible to activate the iPhone.
The next stop to look for sim card is AT&T Website – they are selling it 5$ , but no mentions about whether it’s compatible with iPhone 5 (as it needs a nano-sim) or not. Also the shipping is going to take a week or more for sure.
Finally I decided to walk in to an AT&T store near by to buy a sim card. To my surprise the store representative told me “You don’t need to pay money for the Starter Kit, its free!”. That’s nice it’s a savings of 5-6$+tax. He asked my driving licence and gave a free sim card and also as part of the processes he insisted on activating the sim card with 20$ refill. But I asked for a 10$ refill and explained him how I can buy 10$ refill cards online. He quickly verified his system and refilled the account with 10$. So finally I paid just 10$ + taxes for the refill and got sim card for free.