Originally Posted by blupupher
No, if you get a smart phone (besides an iPhone) from somewhere else, you can get the unlimited non-smart phone plan for $15 a month.
Not sure why, but with the iPhone, they can tell immediately if that is what your using and they will charge you accordingly, but if you have another type, they can't tell (at least thats how it used to be).
That is how it used to be, but they started rolling out surveying of other types of smartphones and imposing data plans, regardless of whether the device was purchased through them, or at full-retail through someone else. I'm ditching AT&T because of this.
I think it all depends on how far they've gotten in correlating IMEI numbers to phone manufacturers and types (that's how they're doing it now, is by reading the IMEI number and determining phone type, and then adding a data plan if it's a smartphone). But their intention is to enforce data plans on all smartphones being used on their network (minus prepaid/pay-as-you-go plans, of course). The iPhone was just the easiest place to start.