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Old 07-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a college student and could really use a blackberry for organization and such but I cannot afford the data plan. I am wondering if I buy a Blackberry off ebay will I be locked out of the cell phone features for not having a data plan? AT&T is my provider.
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Without a data plan you can use the phone, sms, and all the calendar/address book functions. But as an AT&T customer, unless you're on a pay-go program, they will simply add a data plan to your account when they detect that you're using a BlackBerry.
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Yep, AT&T requires a data plan on BlackBerry devices and smartphones activated on their network after September 2009. They will add it automatically if you don't do so.
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Thank You Very Much! Do you know about the other providers or if there is any way to get around it? I would like to have all the smart phone functions but I just can't fit it into my budget right now.
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TMobile will allow you to have a BlackBerry active without a data plan.

Note that you will not get any data functions. No email, no internet, no Facebook, no Twitter, no instant messaging, etc.

You will be able to use the calender, contacts, camera, music player, etc. But not anything that uses data.
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Cricket offers some budget friendly plans.
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AT&T will simply add the plan to your account.
Verizon will not activate a BlackBerry on your account without the BlackBerry data plan.
Sprint - same as Verizon.

T-Mobile is the last tier 1 carrier to allow a BB without a data plan. And if/when the AT&T buyout goes through you can expect that leniency to end.
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Alright thanks once again you all have been a big help!
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