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Old 09-18-2009, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi everyone, im looking into getting a 8900 but i keep getting conflicting answers to this question. i'm currently on att and i don't plan on getting a data plan with the 8900, but would that mean that i won't be able to use the wifi feature with this phone? since this phone has wifi support i figured there is no need to get a data plan. also what other features would i be limited to on this phone without a data plan? thanks for any info in advance
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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AT&T no longer allows smartphones without data plans as of earlier this month. Even if you swap SIMs, they periodically sweep and feature attach.
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AT&T no longer allows smartphones without data plans as of earlier this month. Even if you swap SIMs, they periodically sweep and feature attach.
True. Except for the fact that if you use wifi, att has no way of knowing that. Wifi has nothing to do with phone connection unless you are on tmobile UMA
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Feature attach? If a company "feature attached" on my plan id say id have to feature attach my foot in their a55
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AT&T no longer allows smartphones without data plans as of earlier this month. Even if you swap SIMs, they periodically sweep and feature attach.
wow is this true? so i wouldn't be able to purchase a 8900 off ebay and use it on att without them adding a data plan onto my contract?
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wow is this true? so i wouldn't be able to purchase a 8900 off ebay and use it on att without them adding a data plan onto my contract?
If you have been using a smart phone on your account without a data plan till now then you can purchase a new smart phone off eBay and swap the sim card and not be assigned data because you are grandfathered in and are not subject to the new policy unless you sign a new contract, upgrade, or add a line of service.

As for whether WiFi Works without data I am not sure but if you have PayPerUse data then it should access WiFi, but I am not familiar with whether it will continue to rack up data even on WiFi, especially if it drops out of Wifi, then you will start dingin' up kbs on PayPerUse. From what I have heard, without data access you can't get Wifi to connect on AT&T, but again, I have never used it.

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Old 09-19-2009, 05:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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AT&T no longer allows smartphones without data plans as of earlier this month. Even if you swap SIMs, they periodically sweep and feature attach.
True. Except for the fact that if you use wifi, att has no way of knowing that. Wifi has nothing to do with phone connection unless you are on tmobile UMA
They also sweep the imei's which would tell them of the data device
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow, makes me glad I am with T-Mobile.



While I have data plans for both my phones in the US, we have been able to successfully connect and use WiFi/UMA in the US and New Zealand with phone plans that do not have a data plan. I gave one of my old BB's to my brother who regularly uses the WiFi/UMA to browse the net and he has no data plan..



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