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A few days ago my trusty blackjack 2 flew out of my pocket while on a roller coaster ride. So now i am looking for a replacement. The problem is, all of the phones that would replace it are smartphones, and all smartphones require the 30$ dollar data plan. That is something i really dont need/ want. My question is, if i buy an unlocked would i be able to bypass that data plan?

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Scholar

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Offically acording to WRITTEN policy? No way in heck. Smiley Happy 

 

HOWEVER enforcement of that policy is way different. Some people are reporting, just as an example, that requesting the data block service allowed them to avoid the $30 plans, others report that the retention specialists will drop the plan if you make that a condition of staying with AT&T, and so on. So basically you wont know till you try. Smiley Happy 

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Master

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In order to avoid having the data plan added to your account, any smartphone that you buy would have to be unlocked as well as unbraned.
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Scholar

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Irish Rose wrote:
In order to avoid having the data plan added to your account, any smartphone that you buy would have to be unlocked as well as unbraned.

Incorrect. ANY smart phone regardless of branded/unbranded/etc is required by the written policy to have the data plan, however as I mentioned already enforcement is sporadic and various people are getting out of it with both branded/locked and unbranded/unlocked phones. 

 

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Master

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VydorScope wrote:

Incorrect. ANY smart phone regardless of branded/unbranded/etc is required by the written policy to have the data plan, however as I mentioned already enforcement is sporadic and various people are getting out of it with both branded/locked and unbranded/unlocked phones. 

 


 

Actually, AT&T does NOT make their policy clear  one way or the other regarding what the data requirement is on using an "unlocked" and "unbranded" device. If they do, please show me where on their website that the "written" policy is?  Thanks!

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Scholar

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It has been posted a bunch of times on these forums already, its on their website and its in the contract you agree to when you get service now. I find it hard to believe you actually looked if you have not seen it. 

 

From their terms of service... 

 

Data Plans: An eligible data plan is required for certain devices, including iPhones and other designated smartphones. Eligible data plans cover data usage in the U.S. and do not cover international data usage and charges. If it is determined that you are using an iPhone or other designated smartphone without an eligible data plan, AT&T reserves the right to add an eligible data plan to your account and bill you the appropriate monthly fee.

 

Simply put anything they designate a smartphone requires the data plan. Pure and simple. However enforcement is very much in variance. 

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Professor

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VydorScope wrote:

It has been posted a bunch of times on these forums already, its on their website and its in the contract you agree to when you get service now. I find it hard to believe you actually looked if you have not seen it. 

 

From their terms of service... 

 

Data Plans: An eligible data plan is required for certain devices, including iPhones and other designated smartphones. Eligible data plans cover data usage in the U.S. and do not cover international data usage and charges. If it is determined that you are using an iPhone or other designated smartphone without an eligible data plan, AT&T reserves the right to add an eligible data plan to your account and bill you the appropriate monthly fee.

 

Simply put anything they designate a smartphone requires the data plan. Pure and simple. However enforcement is very much in variance. 


Now show us which phones AT&T has designated as smartphones and let's see if every phone that will work on AT&T's network is on the list.

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Scholar

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The lists on their site, I think you can find it if you really care. 

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Professor

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VydorScope wrote:

The lists on their site, I think you can find it if you really care. 


I already did and it is as I stated, reinforcing the point Irish Rose made about the lack of clarity.

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Master

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VydorScope wrote:

It has been posted a bunch of times on these forums already, its on their website and its in the contract you agree to when you get service now. I find it hard to believe you actually looked if you have not seen it. 

 

From their terms of service... 

 

Data Plans: An eligible data plan is required for certain devices, including iPhones and other designated smartphones. Eligible data plans cover data usage in the U.S. and do not cover international data usage and charges. If it is determined that you are using an iPhone or other designated smartphone without an eligible data plan, AT&T reserves the right to add an eligible data plan to your account and bill you the appropriate monthly fee.

 

Simply put anything they designate a smartphone requires the data plan. Pure and simple. However enforcement is very much in variance. 


Yup, I saw this, now show me where in that paragraph, where it says that "unlocked & unbranded" devices are designated as smartphones and require a data plan. Ya know what? You can't, because it's NOT there, period!!! Smiley Wink

 

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Master

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sitnsidewayz wrote:

Now show us which phones AT&T has designated as smartphones and let's see if every phone that will work on AT&T's network is on the list.


Well said, sitnsideways, this is my whole point.

 

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Master

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VydorScope wrote:

The lists on their site, I think you can find it if you really care. 


Actually, those of us that DID look, know for a fact that it isn't there, however, since you seem so sure that it is, you can either show us where, or STOP telling us that it is!

 

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Scholar

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Eh, if you want to look for reason to make it unclear you can find it thats for sure, its pretty clear to me. Smiley Happy It really a moot point because enforcement is all over the board, including requiring unbranded/unlocked phones to have it at times. 

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Master

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VydorScope wrote:

Eh, if you want to look for reason to make it unclear you can find it thats for sure, its pretty clear to me. Smiley Happy


 

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Irish Rose wrote:

 


VydorScope wrote:

It has been posted a bunch of times on these forums already, its on their website and its in the contract you agree to when you get service now. I find it hard to believe you actually looked if you have not seen it. 

 

From their terms of service... 

 

Data Plans: An eligible data plan is required for certain devices, including iPhones and other designated smartphones. Eligible data plans cover data usage in the U.S. and do not cover international data usage and charges. If it is determined that you are using an iPhone or other designated smartphone without an eligible data plan, AT&T reserves the right to add an eligible data plan to your account and bill you the appropriate monthly fee.

 

Simply put anything they designate a smartphone requires the data plan. Pure and simple. However enforcement is very much in variance. 


Yup, I saw this, now show me where in that paragraph, where it says that "unlocked & unbranded" devices are designated as smartphones and require a data plan. Ya know what? You can't, because it's NOT there, period!!! Smiley Wink

 


It doesn't matter whether unlocked or unbranded. If the manufacturer deems that device as a "smartphone" therefore it is such. A smartphone is a smartphone no matter what carrier it is. Such as a rose is still a rose even if called by another name. A Ford is still a Ford even if you unbrand it by taking off all the dealer and manufacturer logos. You can call it a Toyota but in reality..it's still a Ford. A smartphone can be from another provider and be unlocked or "unbranded" (which unbranded only really means it doesn't have an AT&T or Cingular logo) but it's still a smartphone. Just someone tryna beat the system or actually proving a VALID point by finding a loophole in the terms of service. Nothing like finding a loophole is it. {Uncalled for comment edited}

 


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