Smart Phone Without Data Plan?

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  1. Xander Crews

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    I know you are required to have a data plan for a smart phone.
    But does that only apply to those on 2 year contracts?

    I have an old D2 that my wife wants to use. She currently uses a dumb phone.
    She doesn't want a data plan, doesn't want the smart phone features. She just wants to use it for calling & texting.

    Is there any way at all that can happen? Or does any smart phone, even older ones or unlocked ones, need a data plan?
    Thanks.
     
  2. dezymond

    dezymond Tech Support Mod
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    I think once she activates it under her name/number then she'll get the data plan tacked onto it. Don't know of anyway around it...
     
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    In order to activate the phone on her line with Verizon, she'll have to have a data plan. There are some old (pre-Android) smartphones that can be activated without a data plan, but pretty much anything released shortly before the original Droid through now will require a data plan on any major carrier in the U.S.
     
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    This.

    Definitive list: smartphones that do/do not require data plans Here is a list of devices that don't need a data plan, but as you see they're all from 2007.

    Another alternative would be to just get a like an android media player (sony & samsung make android ones). They're pretty much android phones minus the cellular radio.
     
  5. Xander Crews

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    Boo and hiss.
    That's what I figured. Thanks.

    Seems like a shady practice though. And it seems like someone would eventually file a suit against and we'd see phone carriers remove that requirement.

    If you don't want the data, then you should have the option to not get a data plan on YOUR phone. Some folks may have an old smart phone where they just want to use the data on WIFI at home, and simply use it as a phone everywhere else...which was one of the things my wife wanted to do.

    Oh well.
     
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    Well, we can still use the D2 on our WIFI at home. But it just won't get cell service. The thought was for her to use it as her cell phone, and also for data on our WIFI at home.
     
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    It used to be that way. I had the AT&T Tilt without a data plan before I joined Verizon in 09 for the Droid. It was great, especially since Wifi can be found anywhere (even in McDonalds for crying out loud). I wish carriers would eliminate that rule, but it is what it is.
     
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    It's been 5 years, good luck with that.

    And yet, it's THEIR network. Build your own hundred billion dollar network if you want to make your own rules.
    Call Comcast and tell them you just want to subscribe to two channels and tell them about how it's YOUR tv. See how well that goes.
     
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    I have work basic cell work phone. No data. I toy with my wife's original Droid. Running steel Droid which I am loving. I make and receive calls and texts on the Droid through wifi. I use groove IP and Google voice for this. Groove IP works amazingly well. Voice has some delays sometimes receiving texts. I have been toying with idea of picking up a mobile cellular hotspot and having 'cellular' anywhere k want on the smartphone.
     
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    Yup, unfortunately if you use their stuff you gotta play by their rules. Remember those kids days of treehouses or playground rules? Sorta like that...but not as nice and alot more expensive:p
     
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    +1 for GrooVe IP. I use it on my ICS 4.0.3 wifi-only tablet.

    Sent from my unrooted DroidX using Tapatalk
     
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    The last time I was in the Verizon store, I asked about the data plan requirement. I was told that people with data capable phones and no contract would use data unknowingly and then gripe about the bill which is a legitimate charge per kb. Some of those bills got pretty large. It would be nice if the option was available but they have no control over the use. Given that, the policy isn't as dastardly as it seems at first. jmho
     
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