Top message: Turning off the internet by Bubba and Natasha
Replying to: Re: Turning off the internet by Bubba and Natasha
For one thing, carriers got tired of having idiots run up huge data charges every month, and demand credits for said charges every month because they bought a smartphone and didn't know how to handle it.
Secondly, phones are discounted a lot more than they used to be and often times the ONLY way a carrier can turn a profit on these devices is by the required data.
And finally, phones themselves have become so advanced that they are built with data as a core function, not as a "phone that is a PDA too" mentality. Since verizon started requiring data in 2008, I'm assuming that's the last time you looked into it. Phones have become a LOT more advanced since then. An android phone verges on being non-functional without data for example.
There is NO way around this. You either need to accept the data charge, or accept having two devices. This is on EVERY carrier in the US. This is major four, minor carriers, regional carriers, and EVEN PREPAID carriers. The only thing you're choosing between them is how much you'll pay.
If you want the absolute cheapest option, you want Tmobile, but coverage might be an issue.