Originally Posted by ezrunner
Wirelessly posted (overwhelmingly stressed)
You can use the BB with text only if you'd like.
The above post is accurate but I believe that it is for new subscribers
Not new subscribers, but current/new subscribers who buy a new smartphone through AT&T. The difference is subtle... my wife is using her Pearl as a phone/PIM without a data plan. She can continue to do so, but if/when she upgrades here device, if it's a smartphone of any kind, will be required to purchase a data plan.
In her case, it's simply a money grab by AT&T, as she gets/sends text messages and talks on the phone. She has no desire for a data plan, and no desire to do the things that require a data plan.
For the scammers looking to circumvent the monthly fee to cover their data access, the requirement for a data plan is the correct approach for AT&T to take, IMHO.