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    Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.

    QuestionsForMe

      I would like to purchase a iphone 4 (maybe 5) but i would ONLY like to continue with my plan with talk and text. I would NOT like to purchase a data plan for this phone.

       

      I would like the phone for its other uses including apps and music and such. But NOT the web features unless i use wifi. I do not want to pay for a data plan if im not going to even use it...

       

      Is there a "pay as you go" plan for the iphone so i only have to pay the 30 bucks IF I use the web and or download something via web outside of wifi capabilities?

        • 1. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
          vereyezuhn

          No, the iPhone 4 (and the 5 will, as well as EVERY other smartphone/4G device) requires a data plan.

          • 2. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
            mikedamirault

            Just like vereyezuhn said, Verizon requires you to sign up for a data plan for all their smartphones

             

            For all the iPhone can do, you may want the data plan anyway, you may find out that while you think you don't need it, you may end up using it more than you think

             

            If you really don't want to sign up for a data plan I think the GSM providers (AT&T and T-Mobile) will allow you to get a smartphone (including an iPhone) without a data plan

             

            As for if you can use the iPhone on a prepaid plan, you will have to ask a rep at a Verizon store, it may be possible if you use the prepaid activation number (I think it's *22890 or *22899 or something like that), though I am not sure if that will work or not

            • 3. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
              AZSALUKI

              or get an ipod touch. if you're ONLY going to use data via wifi then just get an ipod. it's MUCH cheaper and then you don't have to worry about data.

              • 4. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
                AZSALUKI

                or (once they get it this fall) i believe sprint's "everything" plan is probably not much more than verizon's basic plan.

                • 5. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
                  21stNow

                  AT&T will most definitely require a data plan for an iPhone used on its network. 

                   

                  For T-Mobile you wouldn't have to have a data plan, since you would be bringing your own phone.  T-Mobile does not have an iPhone for its network.  If they do get one in the near future, you would have to buy the phone full price in order to not have the data plan.

                  • 6. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
                    mikedamirault

                    21stNow wrote:

                    AT&T will most definitely require a data plan for an iPhone used on its network. 

                     

                    For T-Mobile you wouldn't have to have a data plan, since you would be bringing your own phone.  T-Mobile does not have an iPhone for its network.  If they do get one in the near future, you would have to buy the phone full price in order to not have the data plan.



                    I am pretty sure I heard somewhere that AT&T offered smartphones without data plans, I have heard many complaints about Verizon not selling smartphones without a data plan, and I am pretty sure they said something like that they were able to do so on AT&T/T-Mobile, so why not Verizon?

                     

                    I don't see T-Mobile getting the iPhone, and if they do, it will still technically be the AT&T iPhone, AT&T bought out T-Mobile (US) from Deutsche Telekom in Germany, so AT&T technically owns (or will own) T-Mobile, I am not sure if AT&T plans on keeping the T-Mobile name though

                    • 7. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
                      Ann154
                      Last I heard the sale of T-Mobile by AT&T has not been approved by the FCC. I'm not holding my breath.
                      • 8. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
                        vereyezuhn

                        mikedamirault wrote:

                        21stNow wrote:

                        AT&T will most definitely require a data plan for an iPhone used on its network. 

                         

                        For T-Mobile you wouldn't have to have a data plan, since you would be bringing your own phone.  T-Mobile does not have an iPhone for its network.  If they do get one in the near future, you would have to buy the phone full price in order to not have the data plan.



                        I am pretty sure I heard somewhere that AT&T offered smartphones without data plans, I have heard many complaints about Verizon not selling smartphones without a data plan, and I am pretty sure they said something like that they were able to do so on AT&T/T-Mobile, so why not Verizon?

                         

                        I don't see T-Mobile getting the iPhone, and if they do, it will still technically be the AT&T iPhone, AT&T bought out T-Mobile (US) from Deutsche Telekom in Germany, so AT&T technically owns (or will own) T-Mobile, I am not sure if AT&T plans on keeping the T-Mobile name though


                        Nope, AT&T requires a data plan of atleast $15 a month for all smartphones.

                         

                        http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones/pda-phones-smartphones.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0060AM-0-4

                         

                        Just like Verizon's site, if you read the fine print under each smartphone picture, it says this.

                        T-Mobile also requires a data plan for smartphones.

                        http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/

                        • 9. Re: Do I have to buy a data plan? please read desc.
                          mikedamirault

                          vereyezuhn wrote:

                          mikedamirault wrote:

                          21stNow wrote:

                          AT&T will most definitely require a data plan for an iPhone used on its network. 

                           

                          For T-Mobile you wouldn't have to have a data plan, since you would be bringing your own phone.  T-Mobile does not have an iPhone for its network.  If they do get one in the near future, you would have to buy the phone full price in order to not have the data plan.



                          I am pretty sure I heard somewhere that AT&T offered smartphones without data plans, I have heard many complaints about Verizon not selling smartphones without a data plan, and I am pretty sure they said something like that they were able to do so on AT&T/T-Mobile, so why not Verizon?

                           

                          I don't see T-Mobile getting the iPhone, and if they do, it will still technically be the AT&T iPhone, AT&T bought out T-Mobile (US) from Deutsche Telekom in Germany, so AT&T technically owns (or will own) T-Mobile, I am not sure if AT&T plans on keeping the T-Mobile name though


                          Nope, AT&T requires a data plan of atleast $15 a month for all smartphones.

                           

                          http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones/pda-phones-smartphones.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0060AM-0-4

                           

                          Just like Verizon's site, if you read the fine print under each smartphone picture, it says this.

                          T-Mobile also requires a data plan for smartphones.

                          http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/


                          I didn't know about that, though that only seems to apply if you buy the phone at the 2yr contract price, therefore if you buy the phone at retail price, or bring in an unlocked phone, a SIM without a data plan could be used in a smartphone and the smartphone should work without a data plan

                           

                          With Verizon on the other hand, being a CDMA network and no CDMA phone can be "unlocked" and doesn't use SIM cards, even if someone did bring in their own CDMA smartphone (flashed for Verizon of course) or bought their smartphone at retail price, they would still need a data plan, wouldn't they?

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