Nokia E71 / E71x
Internet compatability = Internet obligation?
If I buy the e71, do I have the option of not paying for internet service which thereby prevents me from surfing the internet, sending e-mail,etc?
BUT pay per use internet will probably get added on. There is no monthly charge for it. You would only get charged if you transmitted any data. And if memory serves it gets charged at 1 cent per kilobyte transmitted.
The phone does have GPS. and one of the ways it uses to determine your location is by using the cell phone network. That is called A-GPS (assisted GPS). That DOES use a little bit of data. But you can easily turn off the option to use A-GPS.
When I signed my contract, I specifically told AT&T that I did not want the Internet whatsoever. My first month I got a $300 phone bill with over $150 worth of web charges! When I called, they told me I was automatically set up on a pay-by-use plan. I promptly advised them that I did not order ANY Internet and to disable all AT&T Internet connectivity. My phone works just fine when I am near WLAN and I don't pay a dime. They did take all of those charges off my bill.
Make sure you make that VERY CLEAR to AT&...
I have my E71 setup to always ask whenever it tries to access the internet. This way I can have it scan for an access point. Though some features won't let you change it and will ...
So I STILL say they should have left that $150 charge on your bill because YOU WERE using AT&T's internet. Roughly 150MB's worth. Those were legal charges. You as a customer simply don't know how to operate their fancy new phone.
That was YOUR FAULT. NOT THEIRS.
Own up. Agree you were at fault. Pay your bill and move on and use this as a learning experience.
You can defend yourself as much as you want but you STILL were using AT&T's internet at that time.
Three points your readers might consider:
1. AT&T and other carriers intentionally make it easy to accidentally initiate data transfers, with their locked-down phone menus, prominent "connect" buttons, or etc. They do this to encourage the use of their data services in order to generate revenue. It's not in their interest to allow you full control over your phone. So 4tail's accidental connections and accompanying frustration are really quite understandable.
2. When I got my Nokia 6682, I specifically requested that the data "features" of the account be disabled, because the accidental connections constantly frust...