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    Default AT&T smartphone without purchasing a data plan

    I would like to get my son a smartphone but do not want to pay for the data plan. He would use data in wifi spots only.

    Is there an android phone with wifi that you can put on the AT&T network where they won't charge me for a data plan?

    Thanks, Mike
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    Check out the android Go phones. I use one for work and I pay $50 for unlimited calls and text. No data plan required because I use wifi.
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    Which model do you have? Do I have to set him up on a "go phone plan". We want to keep him on the family plan @ $9.99 for his phone but have wifi availability. Thanks, Mike
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    If you want to keep him on your family plan you will need to have data on the smart phone ie windows iPhone Android etc. No carrier is going to sell a smart phone and activate it with a data plan. Like previous post only option is a go phone but that can b costly.

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    moosc is correct. If you want to get a smartphone on your accoutn it will require a minimum of $20 data plan added onto the phone that is being used. Even if say you were to purchase one online from say ebay or craigslist what have you, and you stick the sim card into it, the network will recognize it is a smartphone and automatically add the data plan.
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    Rumor has it family data sharing will be available soon. Maybe wait it out before jumping into anything just yet?
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    You can buy a Rogers (Canada) version of a smartphone that is compatible with at&t but wont be recognized as a smartphone because its not in at&t's smartphone imei database.

    That way you can add medianet for $10 or no data at all if you prefer. Actually any gsm unlocked phone will work if you're not using data, it'll just run on the edge network if it doesn't have at&t 3g frequencies.

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    You can get a smart phone from Craig's list that att doesn't sell and not pay. just call before you buy. I had a old AT&T tilt phone and just used Wi-Fi.

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    With your SIM card in a dummy phone, call AT&T and ask them to block data from being received on your phone, because you don't want to be charged extra for something you're not using, or may accidentally activate. They will block data for you for whatever reason as long as your SIM is not in a smartphone/internet phone because they can tract and know exactly what type of phone you have your SIM in.

    Now you can switch your SIM into your smartphone, and only use wifi. On your next billing cycle, you can check online at the AT&T website for your account info. Here you will be able to see the data plan option, there shouldn't be any.

    But if you want to double check, click [Add/change features].
    Scroll down to [Web, Text, & More]
    Under [Mobile web packages]
    You should see the [Data opt-out] option selected

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    Hey Mike if you get him a unlocked GSM carrier phone (i sugest the Samsung captivate glide) off of amazon ebay or overstock or any other websites like that, you will have to pay retail price for the phone, but then all you have to do is insert you sons sim card into the phone and he will be able to text and call and use data in your household or at any place where wifi is available. The downside to this is that att can see what kind of phone your sim card is in so they might try to add a data plan to the contract but they will have to ask you first, if they do ask you just deny it or threaten to leave them if they add the plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samrose1016 View Post
    The downside to this is that att can see what kind of phone your sim card is in so they might try to add a data plan to the contract but they will have to ask you first, if they do ask you just deny it or threaten to leave them if they add the plan.
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    Nope, you didn't. AT&T can add a 3GB data plan for any device that their internal systems deem a smartphone. If a SIM goes into a phone that is a smartphone, it automatically adds a 30 plan, which you can call and get changed to the 20 dollar plan. This is listed in the AT&T terms and conditions that you get when you activate, contract or not.

    So be careful. If you get the message, put the SIM back in a dumb phone before calling Customer Care.

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    What would happen if you started a $25 go phone account with a dumb phone but then put the sim in a smartphone of some sort? So it could use wifi, but not have to pay for data? Or is like regular account and they would auto add a data package?



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    Quote Originally Posted by zrxoa1 View Post
    What would happen if you started a $25 go phone account with a dumb phone but then put the sim in a smartphone of some sort? So it could use wifi, but not have to pay for data? Or is like regular account and they would auto add a data package?


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    It will still charge you. They will put the $30 charge on your account automatically.
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    Looking again at AT&T website, I'm not so sure about that. The way I read it is if you don't buy the data package (NOT the same as postpaid acct ) then you just won't have data access...

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    Get him an iPodtouch...
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    I was always told that you only had to have data on the line for one month, then you could cancel it. Of course, the fact of expensive pay as you go data always is looming if your phone is prone to using apps that require a always on connection.

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    I have been using smartphones on AT&T (monthly plan, no contract) without a data plan or being charged for data for over a year now. When I set up the account I was using an old Razr without data capability, but then I got an unlocked smart phone off ebay, dropped my sim card in, and the first thing I did when booting it up is turn off data network access in the settings. I get by just fine on the wifi networks at home, school and work, and use an offline map app for getting around. I barely miss data.

    I've actually had conversations about this with the customer service folks at AT&T, if your phone isn't trying to access their data network then the system can't detect you are using a smartphone. The only downside is, I can't use MMS to send or receive pics via text, since it apparently uses the same system. oh well.
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    I know this post was originally posted in April, but I'am so curious!

    We have a family plan with ATT, 2 year contract is done.

    My sister has had two used Iphones and she uses WI-FI in our house only, and ATT has not contacted my parents and they didn't even add any data plan what so ever. So what is the deal with that?

    I also ordered a GSM unlocked smartphone on amazon. It is a global phone originally for verizon. Are they going to find out? I just wanto use my smartphone in peace of my own home man!?!?! and why havent they charged extra for my sister, she has had the iphone for over a year and a half now haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wailuku43 View Post
    I know this post was originally posted in April, but I'am so curious!

    We have a family plan with ATT, 2 year contract is done.

    My sister has had two used Iphones and she uses WI-FI in our house only, and ATT has not contacted my parents and they didn't even add any data plan what so ever. So what is the deal with that?

    I also ordered a GSM unlocked smartphone on amazon. It is a global phone originally for verizon. Are they going to find out? I just wanto use my smartphone in peace of my own home man!?!?! and why havent they charged extra for my sister, she has had the iphone for over a year and a half now haha.
    Does the iPhone have active AT&T SIM card or is inactive? If it is inactive then AT&T does not care, if the phone is active I have always had them charge for a data plan with the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wailuku43 View Post
    I know this post was originally posted in April, but I'am so curious!

    We have a family plan with ATT, 2 year contract is done.

    My sister has had two used Iphones and she uses WI-FI in our house only, and ATT has not contacted my parents and they didn't even add any data plan what so ever. So what is the deal with that?

    I also ordered a GSM unlocked smartphone on amazon. It is a global phone originally for verizon. Are they going to find out? I just wanto use my smartphone in peace of my own home man!?!?! and why havent they charged extra for my sister, she has had the iphone for over a year and a half now haha.
    Ok, it is all about the IMEI number on your phone and whether AT&T has it in their database. They have all iPhones and any phone model they previously sold. They even have some similar models(Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus for example) they have never sold. If it is in their data base, they will add the data plan, PERIOD, whether you have data enabled or not.
    If you purchase a model from Europe or Canada that they have never sold, chances are they will not recognize it and you will not have a data plan added. It isn't 100%, but it should work. Here is a link to a thread that shows phones that work:
    [GUIDE][10-31-2012] List of phones compatible with ATT Family/MediaNet Plan - xda-developers

    I currently use a HTC Radar from T-Mobile for my mother in law and they do not recognize it. I have the dumb phone $10 unlimited MediaNet data on it with no problems.
    Hope this helps


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    If your contract is up it may be time to give Straight Talk a look. They will sell you a SIM card for for your existing AT&T phones. If you are looking for new phones then may I suggest Ting. Their service uses the Sprint network. What is unique about Ting is each device you use on their network is $6 plus whatever amount of talk+text+data you choose. These are pooled so if you add a device you only add $6 to your monthly bill. But what I really like and can't wait for my existing contract to expire is their version of rollover. Say you pick the 2Gb data for $45 to use amongst your 3 devices but find out you are only using 980Mb...Ting will credit the difference between the 2Gb and 1Gb plan ($18) and automatically drop you to the 1Gb plan for the next month. Same goes with voice+data. It works the other way as well so no overage fees if you use more than you expected. It all sounds too good to be true but I haven't seen any real complaints from customers. You do pay for the phones. They have a decent selection of Android phones including the Galaxy S3 and Note II but no iPhone or BlackBerry devices for now. They just added the ability to bring certain Sprint phones to their service as well.
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    i use one of the china's galaxy s4 replica and it havent been added any data plan going on 4 month now
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    I have a pantech ease which is a non smartphone and I just want a better p hone cause its battery charging has issues. I also have a Motorola Atrix smartphone that I quit using 3 months after I got it because AT&T was going to force me to pay for data when the only thing I do is text and send pics occasionally. Is there a way I can put my sim card in the Atrix and set it to only use wifi and not be billed for a data plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoso28 View Post
    You can buy a Rogers (Canada) version of a smartphone that is compatible with at&t but wont be recognized as a smartphone because its not in at&t's smartphone imei database.

    That way you can add medianet for $10 or no data at all if you prefer. Actually any gsm unlocked phone will work if you're not using data, it'll just run on the edge network if it doesn't have at&t 3g frequencies.

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    I use my Verizon Galaxy Note 2 on AT&T that way. I bought a cheap AT&T GoPhone from Best Best.(on sale for $9.99, the Samsung A157) Activated on a $2 daily plan. Put the SIM into the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 and it worked just fine. Threw away the cheap GoPhone. I originally just wanted to see if my Verizon Note 2 would work... it did... a couple of months later, I switched to AT&T's $60 unlimited plan.

    The funny thing is that whenever I call AT&T's 611, it plays a recording that says something like "your phone is not recognized as a smartphone, would you like to hear about our smartphone plans?" (guess AT&T's system can't recognize a Verizon Galaxy Note 2? )
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    Right now I can get a Refurb Galaxy S3 from ATT for 9.99 as an upgrade to my 4 phone plan. In fact I ordered 2 last week. I'm thinking of getting another as I am eligible for another line upgrade. This line is just basic and uses no data. I know i will have to add a data plan to the new phone, but my intentions are to order the refurbed phone and sell it. Can i cancell the data plan and tell ATT I lost the phone and just go back to the same dumb phone plan after purchasing the S3?
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