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Smartphone without a data plan????

Discussion in 'Verizon' started by ckali7, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. ckali7

    ckali7 Well-Known Member
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    So the wife's dumbphone was stolen from Starbucks today after she left it on the table for 10 mins......Someone had already tried making calls, texts, and download ringtones by the time we had called VZ to deactivate. I'm guessing they texted themselves first so I called the number and politely asked them to return it. Anyway.......My question is this, now that we have deactivated it and probably won't be getting it back. Is it possible to pick up a used android phone (maybe a eris or moto droid1) and activate it without the data plan. She doesn't use that much data and would be fine only using it on Wifi at home or work. This would be a great option for her and would save us a bit of $$ by not having to add another $30 data package. Anyone know if this is possible??
    Thanks
    CK
     

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  2. sabrewings

    sabrewings Well-Known Member
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    Android phones require some sort of data, I believe.
     
  3. jayochs

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    yeah, you NEED to pay the data plan...sucks, i know haha
     
  4. yojoe600

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    all smartphones require data plans
     
  5. TheSultan

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    Verizon requires a data plan. Particularly because there's so much data that gets sync'ed, they probably get people calling all pissed off that they have a $300 phone bill.
     
  6. killadanny

    killadanny Well-Known Member
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    Ha, I wish. :D
     
  7. FramCire

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    Eris will cost you over $100 used. Is it really worth it wihtout Data?
     
  8. tcope

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    Might be accurate if you added "on Verizon" to your statement (if indeed VZ requires a data plan). As it is, I have a phone smart Android phone on T-Mobile and it works just fine without a data plan. Many people have done this exact same thing. Mine connects via WiFi and runs just fine.
     
  9. pwrshft99

    pwrshft99 Well-Known Member
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    I had a G1 over a year without a data plan. It still was a great phone and i had plenty of options for wifi.

    Sure its more fun to have the data plan but you can do lots without one.
     
  10. codeyh

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    VZW requires data plan, when you try to activate, it'll immediately trigger that you have to have it in the system.
     
  11. Demache

    Demache Well-Known Member
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    Pretty much this. Not even people working at Verizon can get around it. Its pretty much hard coded into their activation system.
     
  12. JohnKuczek

    JohnKuczek Well-Known Member
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    Since this thread is in the Verizon forum, that should already be understood...
     
  13. jlee444

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    Best solution for smartphone and no data plan is an Ipod.
    buy a refurb or used Ipod and velcro it to the back of your cheap no data plan phone. The ipod it is the same as an iphone but no phone has wifi and wifi is about everywhere and free.
     
  14. wildland

    wildland Well-Known Member
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    Hah! That reminds me of this video...
     
  15. methodob

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    I have a android captivate and a iPhone. My android doesn't have a data plan and picks up wi fi were ever it's offered. Works nicely except at home were wifi from Verizon has a wep pass code. After putting pass code in it worked then stopped ? Can't figure how to fix ?
     
  16. substring

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    A smart phone without data plan is no longer a smart phone. The "smart-ness" relies on data.

    You might want to consider a featured phone instead. In this day and age, the featured phones are pretty good. For example, the Pantech Crux does not require data plan and it is a very nice phone.
     
  17. urdaddi

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    Any feature phone with VZW requires a data plan, similar to smartphones. This requirement has been there for quite a few months now.
     
  18. SeekerOfTheWay

    SeekerOfTheWay Well-Known Member
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    The above poster said he uses his Android without a data plan, using wifi. I am probably going to do the same when my contract Is up. Cancel my account and use my phone with WiFi, since it's in many places.

    To the poster that does this, what *doesn't work on my phone when using wifi only? I realize I won't be able to make phone calls, but I only use about 30 minutes a month now.

    Doesn't Skype use data? Is there any other voip calling for Android? I'm looking forward to saving $68 a month!
     

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