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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by redbrick1138, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. redbrick1138

    redbrick1138 Lurker
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    I know this is crazy, but I've been considering getting an Android phone and relying upon wifi instead of a data plan. My question is: would an Android phone still be able to send & receive voice calls without me adding a data plan to my existing voice plan?

    My carrier, T-Mobile, refuses to give me a straight answer on this. Instead, they just keep telling me I need to buy a smartphone + data plan from them if I want one at all. My notion is to get an unlocked phone and just swap the SIM card out of my existing dumb phone.
     



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  2. matt1994

    matt1994 Member

    Yes. Calls will work without data plan. SMS also. MMS no, but there are other services for sending pictures (E-mail, Viber, Skype). Personally I wouldn't buy a smartphone without the data plan, but I respect your decision. You are also kind or right. Wifi's are very common these days.
     
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  3. JIMV

    JIMV Android Enthusiast

    My wife and I seldom/never use data when not on a WiFi. T-Mobile tried very hard to sell us an expensive data plan and simply could not understand our insistence on the smallest plan. Verizon was far worse.

    I also wish the carriers would quote all the government greed fees when they quote a price.

    I wish a carrier offered a program where I buy what I want and not what they have cobbled together.
     
  4. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    I didn't have a data plan until early this year. I too relied on wifi using t-mobile.

    Calls and SMS
    As mentioned above, not an issue. Will be fine without a mobile data plan

    MMS
    For MMS to your phone number, I told people to text me to turn on mobile data. Then I would turn on and text back and they sent me an MMS and then I turned off mobile data. Pain, but worked. As mentioned above, you can get MMS from skype, hangouts, etc. over wifi.
     
  5. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love

    Welcome to AF, Redbrick1138!:)


    You might be able to swap out your SIM card to your new unlocked phone, but for instance, if you are switching out a Sim card from your dumb phone into a newer smartphone, it may not be compatable. I have had to purchase new Sim cards because the previously used Sim was incompatable with my newer phone.
     
  6. Eugene

    Eugene Android Expert

    I did it for 3 years with my first smart phone. But I live where I can see my work building so I put up an outdoor directional wifi antenna :)

    Then I wanted to get rid of winmo after fighting with it long enough for Android and the phone cost $500 without a data plan and jumping from the ~$20 a month voice plan to the ~$40 a month voice and data plan was only a difference of $20 per month or $240 a year so I figured I may as well just get the data plan as the cost worked out to $500 either way. I don't remember the exact cost and it may be different now.
     
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