Is cellular data plan required for ALL smartphones?

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Is cellular data plan required for ALL smartphones?

Hi community,

 

I might be getting a new smartphone this December. But what I heard from a lot of people said that you need cellular data to get a smartphone. I personally don't want to buy a phone online, since their too expensive. Is it really true that you need a cellular data plan?

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‎09-30-2015 1:39 AM

Re: Is cellular data plan required for ALL smartphones?


ipwn3r123 wrote:

Hi community,

 

I might be getting a new smartphone this December. But what I heard from a lot of people said that you need cellular data to get a smartphone. I personally don't want to buy a phone online, since their too expensive. Is it really true that you need a cellular data plan?


a smartphone requires a data plan, if you add one with out it, one wil be added automaticly  to make the account compliant to the terms of service.

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Wingrider is right, all smartphones require a dataplan. 

 

There are many options though and I'm sure you can find both a phone and plans in your price range!

 

Here is some information on the data plans AT&T has available (we just announced Mobile Sharing too!): https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/data-plans.html#fbid=60W_98CGcoP

 

Let us know if you have any questions about phones or plans. 

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Well, I might be planning to order the family voice plan, lets say, the 700 minute one. That costs $69.99 a month. Then I am getting a smartphone just for myself. Then i have a add a data plan, the minimum one is 300 MB, which is another $20 a month. So the total is $89.99 a month? Am I correct?

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ipwn3r123 wrote:

Well, I might be planning to order the family voice plan, lets say, the 700 minute one. That costs $69.99 a month. Then I am getting a smartphone just for myself. Then i have a add a data plan, the minimum one is 300 MB, which is another $20 a month. So the total is $89.99 a month? Am I correct?


69.99 for two phones

20.00 for a 300mb smartphone

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89.99

??.?? - add on for state, local, federal, carrier recover charges these charges are variable depending on your location, for me it adds about 20 percent to the bill.

 

If you need texting, it will be an additional 30.00 a month for unlimited texting (only plan available other thn per message charges). The added incentive here is with the 700 minute voice plan, the texting plan adds unlimited mobile to any mobile, so you can call someone that has another carriers phone and not be charged minutes

 

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I don't need text, I don't think I will be texting at all. So it's $89.99 plus taxes for total. 

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Also, do I have to pay extra to get a discount smartphone? I heard that someone got a Samsung galaxy s3, and he pays extra $20 each month. I might be gettthe the iPhone 4s or upcoming iphone 5, does it matter?

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ipwn3r123 wrote:

Also, do I have to pay extra to get a discount smartphone? I heard that someone got a Samsung galaxy s3, and he pays extra $20 each month. I might be gettthe the iPhone 4s or upcoming iphone 5, does it matter?


the only extra is the data plan, there are no other surcharges

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Can I cancel the data plan later on if I get a discounted smartphone?

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ipwn3r123 wrote:

Can I cancel the data plan later on if I get a discounted smartphone?


The only way you can cancel the data plan is if you stop using a smartphone. The system can see what phone you're using, and if it sees a smartphone it will automatically add a dataplan to the line.

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Alright, thanks guys for all the information. I will see what to do after my current contract ends.

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ipwn3r123 wrote:

Alright, thanks guys for all the information. I will see what to do after my current contract ends.


good luck - just rememebr that all major carriers - Sprint, ATT, Verizion all require a data plan for smartphones. There might be some of the smaller carriers that let you have one without a data plna but not sure

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All smart phones require a data plan. If you dont add one to it the system will automatically add the least expensive one for you.
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Other than making money, why do carriers force customers to purchase a data plan for their smartphones if customer have no need for a data plan. 

I use Wi-Fi for accessing the Internet. If I can't get Wi-Fi then I don't use the Internet. Why pay for something I dont' need or want.

What problem is a smartphone causing without a data plan?

If I don't have a data plan and I'm out of Wi-Fi range, my smartphone doesn't get onto the Internet. So be it.

If I need to have Internet access outside of Wi-Fi range, then I'll purchase a data plan.

Again, why force customer into something they don't want or need?

 

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yeah, i dont see why or how they can force you to...especially if you get a hand-me-down smartphone and didnt actually renew your 2 yr contract

 

i think it's just att ripping people off.  some people....like my mom that just want a smartphone to do things on wifi and text with a better keyboard/screen, than the crappy few options they have for non-smartphones.

 

all you have to do is uncheck the mobile data checkbox and there would be zero chance of her getting onto the data network

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