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Top message: Smartphone without data plan... is this possible? by PhoneQuestion
Replying to: AT&T by brooke815
Effective Sept. 6, 2009, new Smartphone customers will be required to purchase a qualified data plan; in most cases, the qualified plan will be $30 or higher. This policy applies to all customers activating or upgrading to a Smartphone. Existing customers will be grandfathered and no data plan will be required.
Enforcement of this policy will ensure a more consistent customer experience and reduce instances of bill shock created by pay per use (PPU) data usage on Smartphone devices. Currently, Smartphone data plans are already required in ABS, COR, and local dealer to get the best device price via a rebate.
That is the exact article we recieved back on Sept 6th. With AT&T if you buy any new smart phone (Palm, Windows OS, Blackberry, iPhone, Nokia Smartphone) you are required to have the $30 data plan and it can't be removed.
Futhermore if you have an exsisting smartphone blocked or on pay per use and you happen to remove either the block or pay per use you will be automatically bumped to the $30/month plan. Reason being, both the block and pay per use are grandfathered features.
Hope this has cleared up this issue with AT&T
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