December 6th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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It is against AT&T's TOS to allow any smartphone on their network without a data plan. If they "detect" one, they will add the plan and inform you it was added.
An eligible tiered pricing data plan is required for certain Devices, including iPhones and other designated Smartphones. Eligible voice and tiered pricing data plans cover voice and data usage in the U.S. and do not cover International voice and data usage and charges. If it is determined that you are using a voice-capable Device without a voice plan, or that you are using an iPhone or designated Smartphone without an eligible voice and tiered data plan, AT&T reserves the right to switch you to the required plan or plans and bill you the appropriate monthly fees. In the case of the tiered data plan, you will be placed on the data plan which provides you with the greatest monthly data usage allowance. If you determine that you do not require that much data usage in a month, you may request a lower data tier at a lower monthly recurring fee.
Now the question becomes, will they detect it as a smartphone? There's been much discussion about if they can definitively. Here's the risk ... If the phone you buy is an AT&T branded phone, then most likely *some data* will be sent even if you turn mobile data off. IF it's not an AT&T phone, then there's less likelihood of that happening.
Do you really want to put your mom in that position?
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