I am an owner of an HTC Inspire 4G. I pay $15.00 a month for data. If I had bought the HTC Freestyle, I'd still pay $15.00 a month for data. I realize it doesn't require a data plan, but realistically, you'll want to have one. Otherwise, you might as well get a simple flip phone and be done with it.
As for the phone price, I bought my Inspire at the no commitment price, so the Freestyle would be $100.00 less. The huge decrease in functionality, in my opinion, wouldn't be worth saving $100.00.
Nice feature phone (HTC's Sense UI rocks), but ultimately not worth it.
unlimited internet on a feature phone is only $10 as long as you have family messaging unlimited, or unlimited messaging....most people who buy this phone are gonna have unlimited messaging, or they wouldn't be considering it as an option. not everyone wants a smartphone. some people just want to check their email, the weather, sports scores, update their facebooks...which this phone is totally fine for. if you want a phone to browse the web, obviously you're gonna get a smartphone...but believe it or not, there's still a market for phones like this. parents buying their bratty kids a phone, people who want style and dont care about web browsing, etc.
pantech link is an example on AT&T. and of course the freestyle has a lousy browser if you wanna browse the web all day, but if you're buying a FEATURE phone for it's web browsing prowess, you're a fool. this is a FEATURE phone. for people with priorities OTHER THAN web browsing.