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Boothie

Feb 16, 2009, 9:58 AM
I read somewhere that some of the Verizon smartphones will require data plans, like the Blackberries - is this true? If so, how much will they cost? I've never had a smartphone but am considering the Blackberry Curve. I would like to be able to read email and surf the web, but the $30/month requirement seems a little high - my husband currently has the Voyager and has a $15/month data plan. But if the newer smartphones will require expensive data plans like Blackberries, I guess it won't matter...
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tpa78mch

Feb 16, 2009, 2:26 PM
You have to purchase the $30 data plan to run any smartphone on the Verizon Network.
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cwcanty

Feb 16, 2009, 3:24 PM
this is true, but there are some workarounds. I believe this rule started in mid november. So any phone released before then is eligible to either use the 10mb (24.99) data plan or not have a data plan.

Blackberries will however require atleast the 10mb data plan, unless you get the storm which came out after the rule change--so it needs the $30 dollar package.

Many of the older smartphones do not require a data plan due to their release date....hope this helps.

Chris
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Menno

Feb 16, 2009, 6:11 PM
The internet you can get on the voyager is still technically considered "mobile web" and because of this uses less data than a blackberry would.

Blackberries have their own data servers and support push, or "instant" email, which is why their packages are more expensive. The devices themselves are a lot more advanced than even a high end "dumbphone" like the voyager.
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