Originally Posted by tsac
Not a good policy.
But consistent with policies of other US carriers - AT&T does this for sure, and so (I think) does Verizon. This is why I'm still using a 4 year old Samsung WinMo phone with broken buttons - my data package is $15/month all in. Getting a new phone will cost me ~$20 to upgrade and +$25/month for the "correct" data plan.