Verizon to Kill Grandfathered Unlimited Plans
"Just 'cuz you got the power, that don't mean you got the right" - Lemme from Motorhead
I don't know of any carrier who forced anyone to accept unlimited data.
I do uderstand your dilemma with only having one national carrier to choose from.
I believe that's what the original poster was getting at.
Now, these shared data plans are probably going to be some ish and we will have to pay an arm, leg and a lung for it. I already pay $35 for my now so called unlimited plan on ATT. Honestly, at the time, it was the only reason I decided to stay with them and the fact that the were the only carrier to really offer Windows Phone. SMH
iPhone was introduced on ATT 6-07
ATT discontinued data opt out 9-'09
I had a black berry with data opt out until 2 years ago
I got the black berry in '09 and was allowed the data opt out
So, no, smart phones, until '09 did not require a data plan on ATT.
I can't talk about the iphone and it's requirements when it launched, but know for a fact that ATT afforded a data opt out option for smart phones into '09.
I can't speak to Verison's smart phone data history, only ATT.
Did Vz require unlimited data when they introduced the iPhone? I don't know it that is true or not.
Whether it started in 2007 or 2009 is irrelevant.
I had a friend who bought an iPhone used from someone and simply swapped her SIM card out. She only used data when she was connected to her home WiFi, and otherwise used it as she did her old phone. But as soon as AT&T saw that her SIM was in an iPhone they automatically bumped her plan to Unlimited Data. They didn't ask, they just changed it mid-billing cycle and claimed it was "necessary".
(though, anecdote from third-person, so take that with a grain of salt)
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