I DO NOT want to pay an extra $20 for data, is it possible?

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Okay, someone tell me if this is possible at all: my family has a FamilyTalk plan and I want to add a line for the $9.99 extra a month, but DO NOT WANT DATA. I am convinced that I will have no use for EDGE at all- I don't care about web browsing and mini-apps wherever I am, I can just use WiFi. Can someone tell me if this is a possibility? Even though AT&T "requires" it, I'm sure there is some sort of workaround.
 

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Okay, someone tell me if this is possible at all: my family has a FamilyTalk plan and I want to add a line for the $9.99 extra a month, but DO NOT WANT DATA. I am convinced that I will have no use for EDGE at all- I don't care about web browsing and mini-apps wherever I am, I can just use WiFi. Can someone tell me if this is a possibility? Even though AT&T "requires" it, I'm sure there is some sort of workaround.
I'm not an expert on this, but I don't think you can do that. Why don't you call ATT? Then let us know here? =]
 
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Well, I've heard a lot about how AT&T doesn't work well with iPhone activation and its just a big pain. I was wondering if anyone else did what I want to do.
 

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Have to have the data plan for the phone to work. Period. No ifs ands or buts about it. One major facet of that would be your visual voicemail wouldn't work without it. Not to mention all the other data like the Weather, Mail, Maps, etc.

Besides, $20 bucks for unlimited data is awesome compared to data plans for other similar phones, which is usually $40 a month extra.
 

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Well, I've heard a lot about how AT&T doesn't work well with iPhone activation and its just a big pain. I was wondering if anyone else did what I want to do.
There may be some sort of workaround, but ATT will not sell you the phone and activate it without selling you the data portion of the contract. Just part of the price of admission with the iPhone. Remember, one of it's key selling points is that it's a "revolutionary internet device". Afraid if you want a data capable device without a data contract, you are going to have to get a Treo or an 8525.

Actually, Verizon has been requiring a data contract since they began selling data capable devices. Cingular was always the odd man out in that regard.
 

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As another of my horror stories getting activated, I found that it was in fact possible to not sign up for the data plan. Now of course I wanted the data plan, but after 2 days and finally getting activated, I was first experiemnting and playing with it here in office on wifi. It was only the next day before I left office with it and found I ahd no blue "E". So after trying all I knew I call them again and the guy says I am NOT signed up for the data plan!. I asked how this was possible as it wasn't even a choice in the signup screens and he was admittedly bafled himself, but I ahd done it. He turned on the data plan while I was on the phone and the magic blue E appeared before we hung up. Another hassle solved.
 

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I would HIGHLY recommend paying the 20. I use the internet so often. If I didn't within the first 3 days my bill would be 100 dollars :) or more .


I have heard that the phone can be a "wifi/ipod" device but no plan whatsoever. In that case you may want a freebie phone to make calls and iPhone for surfing and such.
 

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I would HIGHLY recommend paying the 20. I use the internet so often. If I didn't within the first 3 days my bill would be 100 dollars :) or more .


I have heard that the phone can be a "wifi/ipod" device but no plan whatsoever. In that case you may want a freebie phone to make calls and iPhone for surfing and such.

I'm curious to know how this is anything other than theoretical at this point. There is a hack to make the device operable, but who would seriously consider paying that kind of money for a wifi ipod? Still not sure ATT would sell it to you to begin with unless you buy the data plan...

I agree - pay the $20/month. It's a good price for full internet access (that's what ATT calls it - full access). If you text more than 200 messages every month, get the slightly higher priced option - I forget how much, but it covers all the texting you can do.
 

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There ARE "hacks" If you Fake a SS to get it to fail you so you need to choose the pay as you go. Then cancel it and all functions except EDGE like calls work. You can still use the browser and what not. Also Hackers have been unlocking phones all week using unlocked phones tokens.
 
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People keep saying just to go with the data plan, but I'm on a really tight budget. I wouldn't use any of the internet features outside of wireless hotspots, and that's pretty much wasting $240 a year. All I want to do is make phone calls and use the iPod, and use the internet with WiFi.
 

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People keep saying just to go with the data plan, but I'm on a really tight budget.
I don't mean this to be offensive in any way but...

If you're on a tight budget to the extent your having to find ways to navigate around the required data plan, why do you want a $600.00 phone? :eek:
 

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Sorry, I have called AT&T about this exact issue. They said to activate and use your iPhone, the Data Plan is required for both existing and new customers.
 

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Well, last week I added another line on my family plan. The store rep somehow totally messed up everything. The next day when I wasn't using the WIFI, I got the message that I wasn't subscribed to EDGE! I called customer service, and here, the data plan had been shut off of my iPhone, and mine & my dtr's text messaging packages were also removed as well. (we were two of the already existing numbers on the plan) So indeed, here I was with phone service, but it would not allow me to use the internet through EDGE at all. When I called to get it fixed, I asked how this mess up had occurred since iPhone users are REQUIRED to have a data plan to activate their phones. Plus my iPhone is on the foundation account number too. So I questioned how there was even an option to turn it off at all on the store rep's end. The rep on the phone had no real answer but restored everything. Nonetheless, for a day and a half, I was an iPhone user with no ability to access EDGE at all.
So it may have also meant that I technically wasn't being charged the data plan rate either.
 

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Well, last week I added another line on my family plan. The store rep somehow totally messed up everything. The next day when I wasn't using the WIFI, I got the message that I wasn't subscribed to EDGE! I called customer service, and here, the data plan had been shut off of my iPhone, and mine & my dtr's text messaging packages were also removed as well. (we were two of the already existing numbers on the plan) So indeed, here I was with phone service, but it would not allow me to use the internet through EDGE at all. When I called to get it fixed, I asked how this mess up had occurred since iPhone users are REQUIRED to have a data plan to activate their phones. Plus my iPhone is on the foundation account number too. So I questioned how there was even an option to turn it off at all on the store rep's end. The rep on the phone had no real answer but restored everything. Nonetheless, for a day and a half, I was an iPhone user with no ability to access EDGE at all.
So it may have also meant that I technically wasn't being charged the data plan rate either.
How did the rep mess it up? You take the iPhone home to activate right?!? Or was that new line not an iPhone. I just don't want anything messed up on my account when i go get one.