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post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by Dee.;13256818 
Another option is to purchase the desire hd A9192 (basically the international version of the inspire with AT&T compatible 3G bands) and then you can use their old unlimited data plan for $10-15. It does cost a bit more than an inspire though.

Can I do that if I unlock and/or root the inspire?
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post #12 of 35
It's not possible with the inspire since it is only sold by AT&T and they already have a record of all the imei numbers. That is how they instantly know when you try to use the phone and automatically add a data plan on top of your current subscription.
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post #13 of 35
i have a friend that did the same thing (not at&t though)

he bought the phone out, then connected with no data.

By technicality, you shouldnt be able to recieve data whatsoever if your SIM isnt instructed by at&t to recieve it.

So no, you dont have to have data on your plan, and no you wont be charged for it.

But be wary, they WILL try to convince you to take data on your plan.
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Go with data, on my inspire 4G now. This thing rocks, used it for the past 2 days to navigate around Washington d.c with my family. Wouldn't trade it for anything
Edited by raven117 - 4/24/11 at 7:42pm
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post #15 of 35
I don't think disabling data will work. AT&T will read your IMEI the second you turn it on and force you onto a data plan based on that alone. Any smartphone that they sell is in their smartphone IMEI database
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post #16 of 35
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I don't think disabling data will work. AT&T will read your IMEI the second you turn it on and force you onto a data plan based on that alone. Any smartphone that they sell is in their smartphone IMEI database
This trick does work as long as you are using a tmobile phone on a At&t network. Att wont carry imei's of tmobile phones on their data base.

c\\Currently doing the same thing with my samsung galaxy s.

I am with at&t as a carrier. I called them to disable all data but text messaging.

Then i just unlocked my phone and i get text and phone calls. With pretty dang good reception and clarity.

At&t as not sent me a "you have been added o the $30 month data charge" and they wont because my phone imei wont be in their data base because it is a tmobile phone.

For me at school and at home i have wifi so i am set. i could enable the dumb phone trick and get edge data for $10 month, but i rather not.
Edited by lilraver018 - 4/25/11 at 1:04am
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post #17 of 35
Had a friend who tried the exact same thing with an unlocked Inspire 4G. It took AT&T less than 24 hours to pick up the IMEI (without it transferring any data) and send a text to the phone explaining that a data plan is required.

They don't need to see you use data to see the phone. Simply connecting to the network with your sim card in it will be enough.
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post #18 of 35
If you can, instead get a T-Mobile smartphone for use with AT&T's network. 3G bands are incompatible and the IMEI database is different, so there's no way they will charge you for a data plan. A Galaxy S Vibrant or HTC G2 are good alternatives to the Inspire 4G/Desire HD.
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post #19 of 35
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
This trick does work as long as you are using a tmobile phone on a At&t network. Att wont carry imei's of tmobile phones on their data base.

c\\Currently doing the same thing with my samsung galaxy s.

I am with at&t as a carrier. I called them to disable all data but text messaging.

Then i just unlocked my phone and i get text and phone calls. With pretty dang good reception and clarity.

At&t as not sent me a "you have been added o the $30 month data charge" and they wont because my phone imei wont be in their data base because it is a tmobile phone.

For me at school and at home i have wifi so i am set. i could enable the dumb phone trick and get edge data for $10 month, but i rather not.
Well yea, my point is AT&T will only detect smartphone they sell. Hell, if you have an unlocked T-Mobile phone, you could get away with the $10/15 dumbphone unlimited data plan
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post #20 of 35
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Well this sucks. I wanted to renew my at&t contract to get the inspire for $100. I'll have to think this over, I doubt I can find a g2 on ebay for that price, even used.
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