Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

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Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

Hi!  I'm new to the smartphone world and have absolutly let it get out of hand.   My bill is about $100 a month and I am not prepared to keep paying that.  I have an HTC Aria at the moment.  I'm completely paid and have not been late on a payment ever, but I want to get out of the whole smartphone world and go back to a plain basic phone with texting and calling abilties in order to lower my cell phone cost.

 

I am not up for an "upgrade" etc, until 12/2012.

 

So, can I buy a cheap old phone online and switch my sim card from my Aria to that?  How do I know if the sim card is "compatible"?   Do I need to call AT&T and let them know of this change or can I just change the features and plans online?

 

Thank You for your help!  Smiley Happy

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Re: Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

Yes, you can. It's recommended to call AT&T so they can change the IMEI of your device, that way you and they will be able to remove your smartphone Data Plan without problems.

 

Just two reminders: 1. If you currently have the Unlimited Smartphone Data Plan and remove it you won't be able to add it again because it's already expired and 2. If you were to put again your SIM card to your HTC Aria after you already removed the Smartphone Data Plan and if AT&T detects it they will automatically add you a Smartphone Data Plan in your account again.

 


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Re: Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

I dont have the unlimited, just the $15 one but I typically go over that, that's why I want to cut it off completely and go for something cheaper. 

Also, as far as knowing if my sim card in my HTC Aria will work on another cheapie phone.....how do I know that?

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Re: Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

All of the current AT&T phones can work with the same SIM card (except the iPhone 4 which uses a Micro SIM) so don't worry about it, it will work. Smiley Happy

 


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Re: Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

If you'd like, you can sell your Aria and gain a little extra cash towards putting towards another non-smartphone if you don't already have one on hand. Who knows, you may actually be getting a little "bonus" from this "downgrade". So it's not all bad. Smiley Happy

 

As Virtual has stated, the switch from your Aria to a cheaper phone shall take place without any problems once you have removed the smartphone data plan.

 

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Re: Can I buy a cheap phone and get rid of my smartphone data plan?

How much data are you using? You do know you get charged another $15 for each additional 200mb block, for another $10 you could have 10x the data usage and keep your phone if it's in your budget.

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