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Could Android Phone Operate On Wi-Fi Only?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by hemmadroid, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. hemmadroid

    hemmadroid Member
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    Mrs. Hemmadroid prefers to use her Dinc on wi-fi and seldom uses it on 3G. When her Verizon contract is completed in 2 years, could she drop the data plan and just use wi-fi on the web?
     

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  2. thaden0

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    Yes she could. This is how wifi tablets work.. a phone can do the same. As far as I know the only phone that requires a plan is blackberry (emails and BBM, Browsing still works)
     
  3. xdreamer

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    Mrs. Xdreamer has the same question. Thanks.
     
  4. Haelous

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    No. All smartphones on Verizon in the past couple years require the data plan to be on their network.
     
  5. Tre Lawrence

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    I think OP is asking if the phone can be used sans carrier (when contract was expired). They won't be on VZW at that time.
     
  6. Haelous

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    Ahhhh, he specifically said 'data plan' so I assumed he only meant dropping the data plan.
     
  7. takeshi

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    The post isn't very clear. There are people that remain with a carrier even beyond the end of their contract. Being month-to-month does give you some more leverage since you're not subject to ETF.

    In short, the phone doesn't care but the carrier does. She could drop the data plan now if she switched to using a non-data phone.
     
  8. hemmadroid

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    Yes, that is what I meant: Continuing service with Verizon, but dropping the data plan after the contract expires in two years.
     
  9. Tre Lawrence

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    Now, I wonder if VZW will let you do that. I think they should, but they may try to be funny.
     
  10. woofermazing

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    No, they definitely won't let you. The closest thing you could do is get a dumb phone when the contract is out and use your smartphone as an android touch.
     
  11. grainysand

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    I'm going to sit on my hands and not say "but you can drop data plan everywhere else in the world!" Oh wait, I went and said it anyway.

    Try threatening them with switching carriers. I hear that tends to get the rep to see things your way.
     
  12. cakelady

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    I have essentially the same question. I refuse to spend almost 1k a year on phone service but I do and would like to use the phone as an pda.
    I don't see 3G networks catching on until the price of the service comes down. I pay $94/month for my home phone/internet connection and it is uberfast. Yes, I am stuck at home to use it, but hubs won't let me ditch the landline.
     

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