Best Non-Data Plan Phone

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Best Non-Data Plan Phone

Hi, my phone broke recently and I'm looking for a new phone. I had this old phone (by Cingular) and I'm slightly out of date with phones, though I have done my research. I wanted an android phone, since my brother has an iPhone, but now it's only for Sprint (Epic 4g). What happened to just changing SIM cards!? Okay, so then I looked at AT&T only phones and decided to get the Captivate. Then I hit the required $25 data plan (won't mention the $15 plan because that's just stupid)... required! I wanted to just use Wifi since I'm near Wifi a lot, but I can't do that it seems. $25 on a two-year plan is $600, not including texting, base phone bill every month, and the cost of the phone itself! So I'm essentially paying at least that much for a phone. Now I think I'll just stick with a regular phone for now. Does anyone have any recommendations for the "best non-data plan phone"?

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Re: Best Non-Data Plan Phone

If you want a really non-data plan phone might check out the following

 

1.) Samsung T329

2.) Samsung T209

 

or some other basic phones. 

 

Most of these phones you can find as cheap as $50 and even lower. I just got done selling an old Samsung T209 phone I had to someone that wanted just a basic phone with maybe text. 

 

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The best device that does not require a data package would probably be the Sharp FX or the Samsung Mythic, which is what I have.

 

They both are kind of Android-like, with touchscreens and all, but I'm not quite sure if they get Wi-Fi...

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According to the AT&T features list, neither of those are Wifi capable. I'm still looking to see if any of the QMD devices have it.

 

Edit: ... and apparently no phone that does not require a Data Plan offers Wifi; only Smartphones.

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AT&T does not sell any non-smart phones that have wifi.  Occasionally AT&T has sold a feature phone with wifi,  but they will block it so it can't be used.  If you want a phone with wifi you will have to buy one from someone else.  You can check ebay-they have had feature phones with wifi that will work with AT&T's network. 

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I think you guys misinterpreted my post. I wanted an android phone so I could just use Wifi. Since they don't have such things, then I wanted a phone that is considered "excellent" without the "smartphone" title.

 

*edit* I also want to note, I don't want to pay for anything besides the monthly fee for an extra line ($10). I think the Sharp FX required a 20-30 dollar messaging plan?

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Radwimp wrote:

I think you guys misinterpreted my post. I wanted an android phone so I could just use Wifi. Since they don't have such things, then I wanted a phone that is considered "excellent" without the "smartphone" title.

 

*edit* I also want to note, I don't want to pay for anything besides the monthly fee for an extra line ($10). I think the Sharp FX required a 20-30 dollar messaging plan?


then you are pretty much out of luck unless you pick what is considered a dumbphone. All QMD devices - those with slide out keyboards ahve the mandatory texting plan added to it just like smartphones have the mandatory data plan

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Well, I guess what is the best "dumbphone" then? Smiley Sad Or does it even matter anymore because they are all crap apparently compared to these data plan and texting phones.

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Radwimp wrote:

Well, I guess what is the best "dumbphone" then? Smiley Sad Or does it even matter anymore because they are all crap apparently compared to these data plan and texting phones.


Personally, I would look at a non-branded phone (in a model which at&t does not/has not carried) - some of them have WiFi and are not designated by at&t as a smartphone or QMD.  Just make certain whatever you choose has GSM 850 and 1900, as well as the same frequencies for 3G if you ever intend to use it with cellular data and want the higher data speeds.  SE and Nokia would be good manufacturers to take a look at.

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hme83 wrote:

Radwimp wrote:

Well, I guess what is the best "dumbphone" then? Smiley Sad Or does it even matter anymore because they are all crap apparently compared to these data plan and texting phones.


Personally, I would look at a non-branded phone (in a model which at&t does not/has not carried) - some of them have WiFi and are not designated by at&t as a smartphone or QMD.  Just make certain whatever you choose has GSM 850 and 1900, as well as the same frequencies for 3G if you ever intend to use it with cellular data and want the higher data speeds.  SE and Nokia would be good manufacturers to take a look at.


They're not all crap, just not as sought after anymore as the texting and smartphones.  I agree with hme83 though.  My husband and I both carry non-branded Nokias and couldn't be happier with them. 

 

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hme83 wrote:

Radwimp wrote:

Well, I guess what is the best "dumbphone" then? Smiley Sad Or does it even matter anymore because they are all crap apparently compared to these data plan and texting phones.


Personally, I would look at a non-branded phone (in a model which at&t does not/has not carried) - some of them have WiFi and are not designated by at&t as a smartphone or QMD.  Just make certain whatever you choose has GSM 850 and 1900, as well as the same frequencies for 3G if you ever intend to use it with cellular data and want the higher data speeds.  SE and Nokia would be good manufacturers to take a look at.


remember that if ATT does figure out you have a non-branded smartphone or QMD device they can and will add the required services without telling you, It is in th terms of service that you agree to when you add a phone - in contract or out of contract commitment. Nothing you can do about it

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Is that the same thing when you use an old jailbroken iPhone and they put on the data plan secretly?

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Radwimp wrote:

Is that the same thing when you use an old jailbroken iPhone and they put on the data plan secretly?


nothing secret about it, put a smart phone on the account they have the right to add the data plan, period. Read the terms of service for the carrier, nothing diferent then the other carriers do. If it was "secret" they would not send you a message,

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Radwimp wrote:

Is that the same thing when you use an old jailbroken iPhone and they put on the data plan secretly?


What I was suggesting is not the same thing.  With an at&t branded device - jailbroken, unlocked, etc., at&t knows the device you are using based on it's IMEI number.  To date, at&t doesn't classify many non-branded models - their system has no idea what type of phone you are using. 

 

But beyond that, there are models that have WiFi, and that at&t carried but removed the WiFi functionality from their branded model, that are not considered to be smartphones or QMD's by at&t (the SE C905a, for example).  You could get a SE C905a that has been debranded, and the WiFi will be restored.  Or you can get a C905i which always had operable WiFi functionality, but it lacks US 3G (may not be a big issue for you if you aren't really intending to use cellular data anyway).  The C905 is classified as a "feature phone" by at&t.  There may be some similar Nokia models as well - the point being that as has already been stated by ormom51, at&t actually removed WiFi functionality from some non-smartphone models - WiFi functionality does exist in feature phone models, particularly if you don't need US 3G and/or a QWERTY - but you will have to look outside of at&t for it. 

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hme83 wrote:

Radwimp wrote:

Is that the same thing when you use an old jailbroken iPhone and they put on the data plan secretly?


What I was suggesting is not the same thing.  With an at&t branded device - jailbroken, unlocked, etc., at&t knows the device you are using based on it's IMEI number.  To date, at&t doesn't classify many non-branded models - their system has no idea what type of phone you are using. 

 

But beyond that, there are models that have WiFi, and that at&t carried but removed the WiFi functionality from their branded model, that are not considered to be smartphones or QMD's by at&t (the SE C905a, for example).  You could get a SE C905a that has been debranded, and the WiFi will be restored.  Or you can get a C905i which always had operable WiFi functionality, but it lacks US 3G (may not be a big issue for you if you aren't really intending to use cellular data anyway).  The C905 is classified as a "feature phone" by at&t.  There may be some similar Nokia models as well - the point being that as has already been stated by ormom51, at&t actually removed WiFi functionality from some non-smartphone models - WiFi functionality does exist in feature phone models, particularly if you don't need US 3G and/or a QWERTY - but you will have to look outside of at&t for it. 


The Nokia C3 comes to mind.  It's offered as a GoPhone with WiFi functionality disabled (I've seen it at Wal Mart).  You can buy a Nokia C3 direct from Nokia (or amazon, etc...) that does offer WiFi.  I'm not sure if AT&T would still require the minimum $20 text and/or data feature on that particular model as they do on QMDs.   

 

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