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Originally Posted by BenRK View Post
But why do people? .
You're asking the wrong person.

I walked into my Sprint Store in search of a Droid. Like you and other folks think-I am around (free) Wifi 24/7. So I thought I'd get a Droid with a wireless card in it. I inquired @ said Sprint Store. The sales rep in a very serious voice said that to use the Wifi I'd need to pay $100/month for their data plan that I didn't want and that is slower than my Wifi. I loudly asked if he was serious.

I laughed in the reps face in the presence of many customers and walked out.
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But why do people? I only bring it up because I've been looking around for a new phone (new job eating up my minutes like crazy) and I plan on getting my own place soon (and I don't want a land-line phone eating up my money) and the cheapest unlimited everything I can find is $45 a month from Tracfone no less at Walmart, and that's honestly looking like a better deal then everyone else (admittedly the internet access on that plan is mobile only, so it's not really worth it for just internet, although it would be nice to chat and have some internet access in certain situations that generally happen every year, namely, family car trips)!!!

If a company who takes cheap phones and lets you buy minutes when you feel like it can give us a no contract plan for unlimited everything for $45 a month (which is still a bit unreasonable, but at least not terribly so), then the big name companies can too.
Consumers have what is called a flat-rate bias where they are willing to pay a premium for peace of mind in knowing they are not being metered. There are a few references on Google, however we covered it extensively in my class on the economics of telecommunications.
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and now I cancel my data plan.
What's going on.
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Glad I still have my T-Mobile unlimited plan.
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You're asking the wrong person.

I walked into my Sprint Store in search of a Droid. Like you and other folks think-I am around (free) Wifi 24/7. So I thought I'd get a Droid with a wireless card in it. I inquired @ said Sprint Store. The sales rep in a very serious voice said that to use the Wifi I'd need to pay $100/month for their data plan that I didn't want and that is slower than my Wifi. I loudly asked if he was serious.

I laughed in the reps face in the presence of many customers and walked out.
You should have seen how hard the AT&T people were trying to sell the 2GB data plan to me...I think I had to tell them no about eight times and finially threatened to walk out if they asked me again. They will come up with any excuse they can think of even if it involves lying or mis-information. You just have to watch what they say and then ask them were they got that information...then enjoy the worried looks on their face as they try not to be wrong
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post #26 of 111
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and now I cancel my data plan.
Why? The one you're under contract for now won't change.
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You should have seen how hard the AT&T people were trying to sell the 2GB data plan to me...I think I had to tell them no about eight times and finially threatened to walk out if they asked me again. They will come up with any excuse they can think of even if it involves lying or mis-information. You just have to watch what they say and then ask them were they got that information...then enjoy the worried looks on their face as they try not to be wrong
Fact is, I knew the guy was being on the level. I couldn't believe it though beforehand as it seems so asinine.

The way phones are these days there is no way to legally activate a Droid (or other smartphone really) without a data plan being attached to it on Sprint or most of the other major telcos within my knowledge. That is how the telecom-side software is written.
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I know I use over 5 gigs by just using my phone to watch netflix movies on my laptop. TMobile does not care at all. I just feel bad that people dont understand why data caps are bad.
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Fact is, I knew the guy was being on the level. I couldn't believe it though beforehand as it seems so asinine.

The way phones are these days there is no way to legally activate a Droid (or other smartphone really) without a data plan being attached to it. That is how the telecom-side software is written.
I ran my Aria without a data plan for several months.
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Glad I still have my T-Mobile unlimited plan.
Until AT&T who bought them changes the rules.
     
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