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Are there any good no data plan required phones left?

I'm looking for a phone for my wife.  We agreed that we not put a data plan on her phone.  But there is nothing decent available as far as a phone.  I would like to get her one that has a decent camera on it.  But it seems that they are forcing everyone to go with a data-plan, because all the phones are from like 2001 or earlier, and are like flip-phones.  The other possiblity is to go with a go-phone.  But I haven't explored that concept much.  We are currently on a family-plan, so we would then need to be on individual plans, which in the end might be more expensive.  Is there any way we can game the system?  Ideally I would like a phone that would work with wifi, but at&t has their eyes on those as well, and will automatically put the data plan even if I buy from ebay I'm told.

I'm looking for a phone for my wife.  We agreed that we not put a data plan on her phone.  But there is nothing decent available as far as a phone.  I would like to get her one that has a decent camera on it.  But it seems that they are forcing everyone to go with a data-plan, because all the phones are from like 2001 or earlier, and are like flip-phones.  The other possiblity is to go with a go-phone.  But I haven't explored that concept much.  We are currently on a family-plan, so we would then need to be on individual plans, which in the end might be more expensive.  Is there any way we can game the system?  Ideally I would like a phone that would work with wifi, but at&t has their eyes on those as well, and will automatically put the data plan even if I buy from ebay I'm told.

Are there any good no data plan required phones left?

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robertkjr3d,

 

Here is a link from ATT showing a few phones where a data plan is not required.

 

Basic phones (no data plan required)

 

 

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robertkjr3d,

 

Here is a link from ATT showing a few phones where a data plan is not required.

 

Basic phones (no data plan required)

 

 

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Edited by robertkjr3d on May 7, 2013 at 10:41:15 AM

I think the keyword there was 'good'.  I realize that it is subjective.  But the best camera of the bunch is 3mb pixels.  Again like my text I said above.  It is like they were designed in 2001 or something, not 2013.  Perhaps 2001 is a bit of an exaggeration.  Maybe 2005.  Pantech Renue is almost ok, but to spend $100, we should be doing better. ...(oh and for $100, might as have added a data plan, and gone for a real phone)

I think the keyword there was 'good'.  I realize that it is subjective.  But the best camera of the bunch is 3mb pixels.  Again like my text I said above.  It is like they were designed in 2001 or something, not 2013.  Perhaps 2001 is a bit of an exaggeration.  Maybe 2005.  Pantech Renue is almost ok, but to spend $100, we should be doing better. ...(oh and for $100, might as have added a data plan, and gone for a real phone)

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robertkjr3d wrote:

I think the keyword there was 'good'.  I realize that it is subjective.  But the best camera of the bunch is 3mb pixels.  Again like my text I said above.  It is like they were designed in 2001 or something, not 2013.  Perhaps 2001 is a bit of an exaggeration.  Maybe 2005.  Pantech Renue is almost ok, but to spend $100, we should be doing better. ...(oh and for $100, might as have added a data plan, and gone for a real phone)


depends on the bells and whisltes you want, a great basic phone is the rugby iii, but it does not have all the toys on it that you want.

You want basic, the phones are basic, you want bells and whitles then add a data plan.


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I think the keyword there was 'good'.  I realize that it is subjective.  But the best camera of the bunch is 3mb pixels.  Again like my text I said above.  It is like they were designed in 2001 or something, not 2013.  Perhaps 2001 is a bit of an exaggeration.  Maybe 2005.  Pantech Renue is almost ok, but to spend $100, we should be doing better. ...(oh and for $100, might as have added a data plan, and gone for a real phone)


depends on the bells and whisltes you want, a great basic phone is the rugby iii, but it does not have all the toys on it that you want.

You want basic, the phones are basic, you want bells and whitles then add a data plan.

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Rugby iii after contract is $100 no deal.. Seems a lot to spend for junky fone.

Rugby iii after contract is $100 no deal.. Seems a lot to spend for junky fone.

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robertkjr3d wrote:

Rugby iii after contract is $100 no deal.. Seems a lot to spend for junky fone.


The selection of no-data phones is indeed shrinking. If this trend continues, there would be no more feature phones in the future.Smiley Wink

 

You could take a look at the Nokia Asha series, like the 311 or 303 that are not supported by AT&T so that you will DIY the APN setting yourself to make texting work for you.


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Rugby iii after contract is $100 no deal.. Seems a lot to spend for junky fone.


The selection of no-data phones is indeed shrinking. If this trend continues, there would be no more feature phones in the future.Smiley Wink

 

You could take a look at the Nokia Asha series, like the 311 or 303 that are not supported by AT&T so that you will DIY the APN setting yourself to make texting work for you.

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Hmm this is the direction that I like this topic to go in...  I checked out these two phones.  The 311 was given a scathing review on Cnet.  The 303 a little better.  But both with camera specs extremely sub par.  But interestingly, at one time these were considered smart-phones (in the uk).  Are there written rules... to keep under the unsupported, but 'no data' concept?

Hmm this is the direction that I like this topic to go in...  I checked out these two phones.  The 311 was given a scathing review on Cnet.  The 303 a little better.  But both with camera specs extremely sub par.  But interestingly, at one time these were considered smart-phones (in the uk).  Are there written rules... to keep under the unsupported, but 'no data' concept?

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Edited by ilikewireless on May 7, 2013 at 9:51:35 PM

robertkjr3d wrote:

Hmm this is the direction that I like this topic to go in...  I checked out these two phones.  The 311 was given a scathing review on Cnet.  The 303 a little better.  But both with camera specs extremely sub par.  But interestingly, at one time these were considered smart-phones (in the uk).  Are there written rules... to keep under the unsupported, but 'no data' concept?


If you're looking for one with a better camera, the Nokia Asha 300 has a better camera as I recall at the moment. But then the 300 does not have a qwerty keyboard and it has a smaller screen. I doubt if you can get a phone with a great camera until you get to the over $300 price range. 

 

As for the written rules, I don't have the links at the moment. Perhaps someone can point to the links.


robertkjr3d wrote:

Hmm this is the direction that I like this topic to go in...  I checked out these two phones.  The 311 was given a scathing review on Cnet.  The 303 a little better.  But both with camera specs extremely sub par.  But interestingly, at one time these were considered smart-phones (in the uk).  Are there written rules... to keep under the unsupported, but 'no data' concept?


If you're looking for one with a better camera, the Nokia Asha 300 has a better camera as I recall at the moment. But then the 300 does not have a qwerty keyboard and it has a smaller screen. I doubt if you can get a phone with a great camera until you get to the over $300 price range. 

 

As for the written rules, I don't have the links at the moment. Perhaps someone can point to the links.

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Edited by Taylarie on May 8, 2013 at 5:06:09 AM

I've been reading:  Some people are able to purchase say a T-mobile phone like this one: t-mobile phone and then not using the 3/4g portion.  Or are the people doing this, just not following 'the letter of the (at&t) by-laws'?  This would be the most ideal.

 

 

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I've been reading:  Some people are able to purchase say a T-mobile phone like this one: t-mobile phone and then not using the 3/4g portion.  Or are the people doing this, just not following 'the letter of the (at&t) by-laws'?  This would be the most ideal.

 

 

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n/v mind at&t wins.  We are going to cop-out.  We changed our minds, and will accept the $240/year.  We just need a phone that works in 2013, not one from 2005.

n/v mind at&t wins.  We are going to cop-out.  We changed our minds, and will accept the $240/year.  We just need a phone that works in 2013, not one from 2005.

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Edited by La-La on May 13, 2013 at 12:10:37 PM

Unfortunately most of the phones offered now are smartphones.  To get a non-smartphone GoPhone would probably be the best option.  Buy the phone and put her SIM in and go on as usual.  The good point of that would be that the phone would not be under contract and could be upgraded through AT&T at any time if she found a phone she had to have.  It wouldn't need to affect your current plan, just use her current SIM and the plan would stay the same.  

Unfortunately most of the phones offered now are smartphones.  To get a non-smartphone GoPhone would probably be the best option.  Buy the phone and put her SIM in and go on as usual.  The good point of that would be that the phone would not be under contract and could be upgraded through AT&T at any time if she found a phone she had to have.  It wouldn't need to affect your current plan, just use her current SIM and the plan would stay the same.  

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Look AT&T is a top cellular company customer wise, but if they continue on this path then others will take over. Take Verizon for example, they have Smart phones that do not require data plans. However AT&T is more worried about money than customers, and thats going to end up biting them in the rear.

Look AT&T is a top cellular company customer wise, but if they continue on this path then others will take over. Take Verizon for example, they have Smart phones that do not require data plans. However AT&T is more worried about money than customers, and thats going to end up biting them in the rear.

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JgUT28 wrote:

Look AT&T is a top cellular company customer wise, but if they continue on this path then others will take over. Take Verizon for example, they have Smart phones that do not require data plans. However AT&T is more worried about money than customers, and thats going to end up biting them in the rear.


this post is a year old and your information about verizon is 5 years out of date


JgUT28 wrote:

Look AT&T is a top cellular company customer wise, but if they continue on this path then others will take over. Take Verizon for example, they have Smart phones that do not require data plans. However AT&T is more worried about money than customers, and thats going to end up biting them in the rear.


this post is a year old and your information about verizon is 5 years out of date

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