From Verizons website:
Why Do I Need A Data Package?
With all the new content, easy access to email & web, and the fast speeds that our 3G phones offer, you may find yourself using your phone more often. A data package can help prevent usage charge surprises when your bill arrives.
Which data package is best suited for me? Data Package Option Best if you need mobile Internet for: Benefits Unlimited Data
$29.99 per month
Required for all 3G Smartphones
- Frequently sending & receiving email
- Heavy web browsing, updating social networking sites, downloading multiple applications and viewing video
Access personal email via Mobile Email, included at no additional charge, as well as access to the Internet. Have the peace of mind that comes with no overage charges. 25 MB of Data per month
$9.99 per month
Required for all 3G Multimedia Phones
- Occasionally checking email
- Limited web usage, like accessing online banking and checking the weather and sports scores
- Download ringtones, music, applications and more
Great value for customers using 3G Multimedia & Feature Phones - especially with Mobile Email – a $5.00 value!
Get 25 megabytes each month to use however you’d like. If you are interested in applications to pass time or make your phone more useful, you can browse, download and use any application found with Media Center – from Mobile Email to Guitar Hero World Tour. Plus you can surf the Internet anytime.
- Dial #DATA (#3282) + SEND from your wireless phone.
- Sign into My Verizon on your wireless phone or your computer.
Did Verizon ever acctually answer the question "Why Do I Need A Data Package?" Is it because "you may find yourself using your phone more often"? Is it because "A data package can help prevent usage charge surprises when your bill arrives"? LOL, give me a break.
What VERIZON needs to do is offer their loyal customers the option to block data and any charges associated with it. They can technically do it; they just refuse to because they make more money charging you for it. Simple.
There is nothing about these "smart"phones that forces Verizon to charge you for a data plan as opposed to just blocking all data upon request. The maker (LG, Motorala, BB, ect.) does not require data be enabled on these phones. It is simply a greedy decision made by Verizon, one that may backfire with all of the negative publicity it is creating.