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    Default Smart Phone w/o Data Plan?

    I have an iPod Touch and a non-smart phone. I'd really like to start carrying one device instead of two, without having the additional cost of a data plan.

    Is it possible to use an unlocked iPhone or Android phone without having a data plan enabled? My carrier is T-Mobile, and the reps I've spoken to said I can't buy a smartphone from them without a data plan, but they don't seem confident about whether an unlocked one using my old phone's SIM card could still send/receive phone calls.
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    Default Re: Smart Phone w/o Data Plan?

    Several years back I had the original iPhone with a T-mobile voce only monthly plan that worked just fine. If you already have an unlocked phone and a t-mobile SIM for voice only it should works.

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    Our company gives out voice only sim cards, and gives either a samsung galaxy ace (older smartphone, 2.3) or will subsidize a newer phone. I've travelled a lot with it, and last week, I stuck a voice only, $2 a day sim card from tmobile in and it worked fine.

    Any Tmobile shop ought to be willing and able to sell you any phone, full price, unlocked. I bought an iphone 5s last week for a friend, and used it voice only for a week in the US.
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    Default Re: Smart Phone w/o Data Plan?

    Quote Originally Posted by redbrick1138 View Post
    but they don't seem confident about whether an unlocked one using my old phone's SIM card could still send/receive phone calls.
    My old (your unlocked phone is a baby in diapers by comparison) Motorola phone (did you know that you can now take pictures with some of the more expensive cellphones? That's how old it is), with a SIM for mu current account, works just fine. In fact, the receive audio is actually a little better than the audio in my $700 "Smart" phone.

    The problem is that as soon as the system detects that the SIM card is regularly being used in a smartphone, you'll probably notice the additional charge for the data plan on your bill. You can fool the best clerk, you can even fool a good cellphone store owner - you can't fool a computer.

    Hey, if it works for you and they never charge you for data, they won't hear it from me - it's not illegal, it's their badly-written software. But I think they'll eventually start charging you for it.

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