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Hello, guys, I was thinking, is it worth spending extra money for a data plan for your smartphone?
     
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post #2 of 21

dont you have to have one unless you buy an unlocked one?

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not having data defeats the purpose doesn't it?
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Without a data plan, A smart phone is pretty much just a phone...
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With AT&T it has been mandatory with any smart phone, i'm not sure about others. Some people were still getting grandfathered in for a while so they didn't have to get data.
     
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post #6 of 21
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I mean data plan as in the internet's plan I think.
The one you can walk outside away from your Wi-Fi and start texting, surfing and etc like crazy.
However, I rarely go outside, but I do go outside for something.
I mean, I don't use my data plan a lot, but I do text a lot using our Wi-Fi.
I am about to go to college soon, so I'll be using their Wi-Fi.

Just not sure if it is worth it.
     
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Trying to use a smartphone without data, like when you're away from Wi-Fi, or the network is terrible (I know it happens to me quite often) would be torture. Depending on how the service is set up, you will either lose all functionality of your phone, or you will be charged out the bung-whole for data overages. Personally I wouldn't do it. 2cents.gif
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Originally Posted by BiscuitHead View Post

Trying to use a smartphone without data, like when you're away from Wi-Fi, or the network is terrible (I know it happens to me quite often) would be torture. Depending on how the service is set up, you will either lose all functionality of your phone, or you will be charged out the bung-whole for data overages. Personally I wouldn't do it. 2cents.gif

Well, I have T-Mobile, so I think the Internet plan is unlimited.
Just that I feel like I rarely use it and it is kind of waste however there are times I feel like I need it.
It's not a mandatory Internet plan. Just an optional but require some profits to have it.
     
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For me it's never really been a "need". It's more just the fact that I bought a smartphone and I want to be able to use all of it's functionality. That, and the fact that it's on Verizon and I'm sure they would have a cow if you even mentioned a "data-less" smartphone. It really comes down to: are you willing to pay the extra $$ every month. And if not, I wouldn't really suggest even getting a smartphone.
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Depends on what your service uses for "text" messages. For Sprint the text are actually SMS, which is the same as a phone call. Text messages are internet based, as are Multi-Media Messages.

I use Sprint service, and I can turn off my 3G/4G data service and still "text" (SMS) people just fine. Basically just using it only as a phone. Good feature to have when you want to save battery and don't need emails auto-updating.

So if you want to message people and make calls see if your service actually uses SMS, which is actually a phone call, and not Text which is Internet messaging.
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