If you buy ANY smartphone from ANY US carrier - they now FORCE you to buy a dataplan. You cannot connect that phone and use it as just a phone EVEN IF you paid full price for it. THEY WILL NOT ALLOW IT. I believe this is illegal.
I bought a DROID and a MIFI device. I plan to use the DROID to access the net via WIFI thru the MIFI device AND not use the Droid dataplan. If it cannot - then it is a POS. It is not as capable as my HTC FUZE or TILT2. These phones can do this via WIFI but they are on ATT and not VZW. I am consolidating on VZW because ATT does not have MIFI.
If I can use the MIFI without the dataplan on the Droid - then I beg you to explain - Why is VZW selling me two broadband accounts? I would prefer to have one even if it is $59.99 a month like in ATT. At least then _ I can surf with the phone of my netbook. Oh and if I get the netbook from VZW also - that will be three dataplans.
Where is the FCC on this? Is there anyone to act as a consumer advocate on this site?
This thread is to discuss ways of cutting costs while paying VZW for 1 Phone Plan, 1 Data Plan with the DROID and the MIFI unit or Tethering without risks. I am not sure yet if VZW will allow using the Droid as a MIFI device. We are still waiting to see if the MAYBE I saw on this board in another thread is Verizon saying MAYBE its GOODBYE hacker! I think I will first try tethering via bluetooth. Then I will try using the MIFI to do all broadband access from the Droid.