If you want to upgrade to this phone, you must purchase a data plan. This does not make any sense, the i886 is not a smart phone, therefore why does it need a data plan? If I were to have the data package, I would certainly not be purchasing the i886 due to limited funtionality!
Nextel Customer Service is not helpful at all in this matter. They agreed it is not a smart phone, but indicated your phone plan has to have the data package otherwise you are not allowed to upgrade to the i886 unless you add the data plan.
We were able to activate one at my store for a customer that was on the $30 200 minute plan the other day. Also if you look online it shows multiple plans that you can activate new service on this phone too.
RE: "Nextel Customer Service is not helpful at all in this matter..."
>>> To make it perfectly clear, what you received was NOT "Nextel Customer Service", what you received was SPRINT Customer Service. The difference is night & day.
Sprint over Nextel back in 2005/2006 and they immediately shoved the Nextel way of customer service out the door.
If you had actually spoken with the true, original Nextel CS (i.e. 5-6 years ago), you would have been treated with respect and intelligence and your problem would have been solved within the first call.
Wow you are a smart one. You dont have to activate it on a data plan. You can put it on the basic 200, talk 450, everything messgaing 450, or the data 450, as long as it is a new plan you can actiavte it. So no more free incoming or fair and flexable or any old plan