Phones Not Requiring Data Plan

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Phones Not Requiring Data Plan

I'm shopping to replace an ancient Edge phone for another family member.

Some phones on the site say an Unlimited Texting Plan is recommended, but we don't do texting or need it.

 

If you're going to access the Internet, can you just use Wi-Fi, since a data plan is not required?

 

Or are these phones (data plan not required) like dumbphones, on a pay-per-use data plan?

 

Need clarification, please. Smiley Wink

 

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spd2demun wrote:

I'm shopping to replace an ancient Edge phone for another family member.

Some phones on the site say an Unlimited Texting Plan is recommended, but we don't do texting or need it.

 

If you're going to access the Internet, can you just use Wi-Fi, since a data plan is not required?

 

Or are these phones (data plan not required) like dumbphones, on a pay-per-use data plan?

 

Need clarification, please. Smiley Wink

 



the phones that normally have wifi access ability are smarthphones only and those require a data plan. Have not seen a dumbphone or a qmd style device that has wireless active

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OK, that's what I thought, and being new to smartphones (just got my first).

 

Looking at HTC Freestyle and wanting info before being bamboozled in a store by Sales. Smiley Wink

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spd2demun wrote:

OK, that's what I thought, and being new to smartphones (just got my first).

 

Looking at HTC Freestyle and wanting info before being bamboozled in a store by Sales. Smiley Wink


Freestyle is a smartphone - take a look at the inspire from HTC, rightnow BestBuy Mobile have them instore for free. Got one and it immediately updated to 2.3.4 when I activated it

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wingrider01 wrote:

spd2demun wrote:

OK, that's what I thought, and being new to smartphones (just got my first).

 

Looking at HTC Freestyle and wanting info before being bamboozled in a store by Sales. Smiley Wink


Freestyle is a smartphone - take a look at the inspire from HTC, rightnow BestBuy Mobile have them instore for free. Got one and it immediately updated to 2.3.4 when I activated it


The HTC Freestyle is not a smartphone. It runs on the Brew OS which is a feature phone operating system. The phone has smartphone styling, but it is not a smartphone. http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=19028&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=31579&mapcode=consumer|wireless
Probably from mobile, maybe. Smiley Happy
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I see the Inspire IS a smart phone, but Freestyle is not?

 

In layperson's terms, what is the difference between a (true) smartphone and a feature phone?

 

Son is looking for something without a data plan, but would like a touchscreen.

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Ann154 wrote:

wingrider01 wrote:

spd2demun wrote:

OK, that's what I thought, and being new to smartphones (just got my first).

 

Looking at HTC Freestyle and wanting info before being bamboozled in a store by Sales. Smiley Wink


Freestyle is a smartphone - take a look at the inspire from HTC, rightnow BestBuy Mobile have them instore for free. Got one and it immediately updated to 2.3.4 when I activated it


The HTC Freestyle is not a smartphone. It runs on the Brew OS which is a feature phone operating system. The phone has smartphone styling, but it is not a smartphone. http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=19028&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=31579&mapcode=consumer|wireless

stand corrected, was not aware the HTC sense ran on anything but a smartphone.

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spd2demun wrote:
I see the Inspire IS a smart phone, but Freestyle is not?
 
In layperson's terms, what is the difference between a (true) smartphone and a feature phone?
 
Son is looking for something without a data plan, but would like a touchscreen.
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Nope. Ann154 was correct in stating that the Freestyle is not a smartphone. You are not the only person who was astonished to believe this. Smiley Happy

Smartphones generally have fast, powerful processors, large and sometimes HUGE touch screens with bright, sharp displays, high resolution cameras, decent battery life, modern styling with high-grade materials, and advanced technologies such as "4G" or true 4G LTE services.

Feature phones are not as powerful as smartphones, have smaller screens, most have keyboards for text messaging, low-quality cameras, and aren't usually as attractive as smartphones tend to be. They still serve their purpose though, as a cell phone - smartphones are more like mini handheld computers with wireless capabilities.

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I'm agreeing with Ann on the Freestyle, but the Inspire is a smartphone.

 

I suppose if a data plan is required, it's safe to say it's a smartphone?

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spd2demun wrote:

I'm agreeing with Ann on the Freestyle, but the Inspire is a smartphone.

 

I suppose if a data plan is required, it's safe to say it's a smartphone?


Yes, the HTC Inspire is a smartphone.
Probably from mobile, maybe. Smiley Happy
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OK, and was just clarifying that wingrider was talking about the Inspire. Smiley Happy

 

I don't know how it is with other ATT stores, or the competition's, but it's nearly impossible to find working models in stores to play with.  This makes it harder to know which one to go with, and ATT only gives you one return/exchange and you're out. Smiley Sad

 

I guess we'll check out a local store, listen to the sales pitch, and come back here to confirm the truth (or not). Smiley Wink

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I've only seen working models to experiment with in my local AT&T authorized retailer in the mall. They stopped offering working models, though...not sure why.

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I've been going to Corporate stores, as I thought that'd be the best bet.  But even places like BB and WM just have dummies. Smiley Sad

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spd2demun wrote:

OK, and was just clarifying that wingrider was talking about the Inspire. Smiley Happy

 

I don't know how it is with other ATT stores, or the competition's, but it's nearly impossible to find working models in stores to play with.  This makes it harder to know which one to go with, and ATT only gives you one return/exchange and you're out. Smiley Sad

 

I guess we'll check out a local store, listen to the sales pitch, and come back here to confirm the truth (or not). Smiley Wink


Every corporate wireless store I have been in has working models. I was in just about every corporate ATT store in my area trying to get a feel for their service and devices in the later half of last year after I found out about my "transition" that was going to happen.
Probably from mobile, maybe. Smiley Happy
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Ann154 wrote:

spd2demun wrote:

OK, and was just clarifying that wingrider was talking about the Inspire. Smiley Happy

 

I don't know how it is with other ATT stores, or the competition's, but it's nearly impossible to find working models in stores to play with.  This makes it harder to know which one to go with, and ATT only gives you one return/exchange and you're out. Smiley Sad

 

I guess we'll check out a local store, listen to the sales pitch, and come back here to confirm the truth (or not). Smiley Wink


Every corporate wireless store I have been in has working models. I was in just about every corporate ATT store in my area trying to get a feel for their service and devices in the later half of last year after I found out about my "transition" that was going to happen.


same here for the corproate stores, placeslike BB have some working models of the newest phones out but normally not the regular phones

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