11-24-2008, 04:00 PM
| | Re: Any way to order the HTC Touch Pro without adding a Data Plan
"SMS" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I'm trying to order the HTC Touch Pro. When I go to the Verizon web site,
> it requires that I choose either
> Email and Web for Smartphone Your Price: $29.99/month
> Unlimited Data Usage Your Price: $44.99/month
> I don't want either of these. I just want to use the phone on WiFi, which
> is ubiquitous in my area.
> Or can I choose one of those add-ons then cancel it later?
No. As of November 14th, all new smartphone activations require a data
plan, regardless of how the phone is acquired. (Meaning it's not a
discount/subsidy thing, but a hard policy. Even if you buy off eBay or pay
full unsubsidized price, you're stuck with at least a $30 data plan.)
There's been a lot of screaming at Howardforums.com over this.
Verizon's supposed "reasoning" is that too many users without data plans
were being hit with outrageous a la carte data charges if they didn't know
how to limit data use on their phones.
Personally, I'd pay full price and activate one on PagePlus before I paid
$45/month for data. WiFi will work, of course, and PP now offers
pay-as-you-go data (expensive, but ok to check to email in a pinch.)