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Unlocked phones and data plans

I was wondering if i purchased an unlocked smartphone off Ebay if I would need a data plan.The phone would have wifi because I have wifi everywhere I go and therfore have no need to pay the $15 a month.

I was wondering if i purchased an unlocked smartphone off Ebay if I would need a data plan.The phone would have wifi because I have wifi everywhere I go and therfore have no need to pay the $15 a month.

Unlocked phones and data plans

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Jul 7, 2011 5:54:49 AM
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yes, you should be able to use it without a data plan.
yes, you should be able to use it without a data plan.

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Jul 7, 2011 7:23:16 AM
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Jeremy_Legend wrote:
yes, you should be able to use it without a data plan.


No, owned, locked, unlock read the terms of service - if it is a smartphone it requires a data plan, if one is not selected one will be added


Jeremy_Legend wrote:
yes, you should be able to use it without a data plan.


No, owned, locked, unlock read the terms of service - if it is a smartphone it requires a data plan, if one is not selected one will be added

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Jul 8, 2011 6:28:02 AM
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....thats strange because im using a desire right now.

....thats strange because im using a desire right now.

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Jul 8, 2011 7:55:55 AM
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Jeremy_Legend wrote:

....thats strange because im using a desire right now.



they just have not caught on yet


Jeremy_Legend wrote:

....thats strange because im using a desire right now.



they just have not caught on yet

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Jul 8, 2011 8:29:12 AM
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well its been 18 months, not sure they will catch on Smiley Wink
well its been 18 months, not sure they will catch on Smiley Wink

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Jul 8, 2011 12:45:21 PM
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Jeremy_Legend wrote:
well its been 18 months, not sure they will catch on Smiley Wink


maybe, maybe not, but when they do you can be sure they will add the plan - perfectly within their rights


Jeremy_Legend wrote:
well its been 18 months, not sure they will catch on Smiley Wink


maybe, maybe not, but when they do you can be sure they will add the plan - perfectly within their rights

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Jul 9, 2011 9:11:22 PM
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sourz123 wrote:

I was wondering if i purchased an unlocked smartphone off Ebay if I would need a data plan.The phone would have wifi because I have wifi everywhere I go and therfore have no need to pay the $15 a month.


Yes, it still would require a data plan. If you "secretly" plan on using the phone without a specified data plan, AT&T does and will reserve the right to add one, maybe even without your consent. They usually notify you with a text message saying that the plan is going to be implemented, though.

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sourz123 wrote:

I was wondering if i purchased an unlocked smartphone off Ebay if I would need a data plan.The phone would have wifi because I have wifi everywhere I go and therfore have no need to pay the $15 a month.


Yes, it still would require a data plan. If you "secretly" plan on using the phone without a specified data plan, AT&T does and will reserve the right to add one, maybe even without your consent. They usually notify you with a text message saying that the plan is going to be implemented, though.

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Greedy AT&T will add it once a SIM card activates a smartphone.  

There are many customers out there that want a smartphone because of screen size, quality, etc. and not because of high data use, or in your case, have wifi access everywhere.  They will add a data plan (the most expensive, of course) and then send you a message (after the fact). For them to say: "This ensures that customers with data intensive devices are not unpleasantly surprised with high data pay-per-use charges" is nothing more than an assumption on their part and an excuse to force their data plans on customers.  I for one don't want to pay an extra $15/ month either.

Customers should have the choice to purchase a smartphone and then have pay per use date charges, if that is what they choose.


I have been an AT&T customer for many years, and this latest greedy move is the last straw.  When our contracts expire, I will take my business and all five lines elsewhere

Greedy AT&T will add it once a SIM card activates a smartphone.  

There are many customers out there that want a smartphone because of screen size, quality, etc. and not because of high data use, or in your case, have wifi access everywhere.  They will add a data plan (the most expensive, of course) and then send you a message (after the fact). For them to say: "This ensures that customers with data intensive devices are not unpleasantly surprised with high data pay-per-use charges" is nothing more than an assumption on their part and an excuse to force their data plans on customers.  I for one don't want to pay an extra $15/ month either.

Customers should have the choice to purchase a smartphone and then have pay per use date charges, if that is what they choose.


I have been an AT&T customer for many years, and this latest greedy move is the last straw.  When our contracts expire, I will take my business and all five lines elsewhere

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Jul 15, 2011 5:41:16 PM
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every company i guess you could say is greedy. the reason for having a business is to make money. all carriers in post paid charge for a smartphone data. it's not news. you also have a choice of different carriers, if you didn't want that then why did you choose at&t, this information was given to you when you started service stating exactly what was going to happen.
every company i guess you could say is greedy. the reason for having a business is to make money. all carriers in post paid charge for a smartphone data. it's not news. you also have a choice of different carriers, if you didn't want that then why did you choose at&t, this information was given to you when you started service stating exactly what was going to happen.
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