01-09-2010, 09:57 PM
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If you want to use the BB features, email, maps, BBM, Facebook, BB browser, etc, then you MUST have the BB data plan, no matter which carrier you use, no matter where in the world you are.
Please read the FAQ article on why you need a data plan.
ATT says they screen device IMEIs on a regular basis and if they find an IMEI requiring a specific type of data plan (i.e. a BB on a generic smartphone plan) they will change it to the appropriate plan (in this case the BB data plan).
Have they done it? I can't say, but that is the policy.