04-12-2012 9:05 AM
I had used from approximately Oct. of 2008 to Sept of 2010 a Samsung BlackJack II with no data plan. In Sept of 2010 my family all upgraded to new phones, on our family plan. About 5 months ago, my daughter broke her phone, and she started to re-use the Blackjack. Again no data plan on any of our lines. My latest bill came in and ATT added a data plan to her line retro to March of 2012. I immediately called ATT, and was told that all smartphones had to have data plans. I informed them that this particular phone has never had a data plan billed to it. CSR said that smartphones could not operate without the data plan. Without calling the CSR a liar, I know that this phone operated perfectly fine for me for 2 years and my daughter for the last several months without a data plan. CSR said they would have a supervisor call me back within 24 to 48 hours. This was on Tues. 4/3. On Mon. 4/9, without having heard back, I again called CS. This CSR granted me a credit of $18 this month and the additional $30 I had been billed next month. On Wed. 4/11, ATT sent me an e-mail saying they were adding the data plan back on. I again called the CSR, who said they could do nothing. Waited on hold for 45 minutes and then spoke with a supervisor, who repeated the mantra that the phone could not operate without a data plan. Don't know why they won't hear that the phone operates very well, and less expensively, without a data plan. I am now waiting for a manager to call back (one was not available yesterday). Anyone know if there is anything I can do, or just go through the hassle of switching providers. Been with ATT since 2005.
04-12-2012 9:12 AM
AT&T began requiring data plans on all smartphones in September of 2009. Since you had already been using this phone without a data plan prior to that, you were grandfathered into the old policy.
By re-enabling service on that phone, it is now held to the current policy.
I apologize that the representative you spoke with did not properly explain why this occured.
04-12-2012 10:22 AM
Doesn't it seem unethical that they can bill for a service, I don't want, haven't asked for nor do I use? If the reactiviation triggered the data plan, how come it wasn't billed in Nov., Dec., Jan., or Feb? I know the phone can be used without a data plan, as the previous 5 months will attest.
04-12-2012 10:29 AM
I'm not sure why you were not billed for the data plan during those months. It's possible the smartphone wasn't picked up until recently.
If you'd like to speak with a member of my team about this, I'd be happy to set that up for you. If you'll please send me a private message with your name, account number, phone number and the best time to contact you; I'll have them give you a call.
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