If you are an iPhone user on AT&T there are several tidbits of information you can get about your account and usage via SMS directly from AT&T. Using codes and texting them to AT&T can send you a wealth of information such as how many minutes you have used in your current billing cycle, how much data and messaging you have used, checking your account balance and even paying your bill. These have actually been available from AT&T for many years now but they are buried and not well documented. Fortunately on the iPhone they are easy to find.
On your iPhone, go to Settings>Phone>AT&T Services. The AT&T Services menu will be the very last item on the Phone page. There you will see the full list of text codes available from AT&T as well as the ability to simply tap-and-dial Directory Assistance. To use one of the text codes, just tap the item you want to see. Your iPhone will send a message to AT&T (at no charge to you) then flash up a Thank You screen for you to dismiss. After a minute or two you will receive a text message with the appropriate information you requested.
Here is a full run down of the codes available:
- Check Bill Balance *225#
- Pay My Bill *729
- View My Data and Messaging *3282# (*DATA#)
- View My Minutes *646# (*MIN#)
You can also access the Voice Connect service by using the code *08 on your iPhone (in the Phone app or by tapping this under AT&T Services. If you need Directory Assistance, you can tap the Directory Assistance button here or you can dial 411 on your iPhone.
At the very bottom of the AT&T Services page is a button to access your AT&T Account. The only problem with this is it brings up the AT&T site which can be a bit challenging on the iPhone’s display in Safari. Ideally it would be great if this linked to the AT&T app which you can download for free.
Using these built-in services can help you manage your data consumption and phone usage without having to stop and actually call AT&T or log into their site. It is quick, accurate and easy to do.
For Verizon users, you have similar codes available.
View My Minutes #646 (#MIN)
View My Data and Messaging #3282 (#DATA)