03-12-2010, 03:19 AM
| | Re: Does this phone exist?
On 2010-03-11, Agunat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> "Dennis Ferguson" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> On 2010-03-06, Agunat <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> I currently have an iPhone but may have to drop my data plan which means
>>> that I must get a new phone. Does anyone know of a phone that does not
>>> require a data plan but at the same time is capable of syncing with MS
>> For what it is worth, if you aren't in contract you don't have to have
>> a data plan just because you have an iPhone. I have a no-contract iPhone
>> and I can add and remove the data plan at will. If you still have a
>> contract, however, I think they're going to want you to keep the data
>> plan until the end of the contract, whether you dump the iPhone or not,
>> unless you pay them the ETF for early termination of the contract (since
>> it is the contract, rather than the phone, which requires you to keep
>> the data plan).
>> So it seems like you could continue to use the iPhone without the data
>> plan, syncing it with Outlook over WiFi, unless I'm missing something.
> I am under contract. The reason I asked that question was that AT&T said I
> could dump the data plan but I'd have to dump the iPhone also. After
> exploring it I am seriously thinking of dumping AT&T instead. I would have
> to pay a $165 buyout but I could have the iPhone (no data) on T-Mobile for
> $40 a month less. I'd make back that buyout pretty quick.
That's true. As recently as December or January they were letting me
add and remove the data plan from my wife's iPhone at will, but this
last time they made me replace the iPhone with another phone on the
account before I could dump the data.
I should have guessed that was coming; since Verizon required smartphones
to have data plans it was only a matter of time before AT&T did that
too (such is the state of competition in the US cell phone market).
Unfortunately, to move the iPhone to T-Mobile you'll need to find someone
to unlock it (or do it yourself), and you'll forever need to worry that
Apple's next software update will cause you problems. I really dislike
how AT&T sells that phone.