daphne is correct. I sold VZW up until April this year. You have to have a data plan if you have a BB with vzw. Problem is that even if you don't have a data plan the phone is always searching for the BB network. So the way vzw is set up you get charged data usage and it go to be too much for vzw to go back every month and fix the billing issue. When you get your BB you still pick a normal vzw plan and then just add the data to it so yes you can still have unlimited text. The BB will also come with a messenger application that includes AIM, MSN and Yahoo all in one package.