02-22-2010 08:56:41 AM
[ blind man slaps Young Grasshopper in the back of head and says: ]
You are wrong Young Grasshopper. For I had talked to Verizon and learned that if I have my own smart phones and added them to the service, that I could opt-out of the data plan.
Even for all four of my lines. Even this day, did I talk to them.
[ blind man pulls laptop over to Grasshopper ] Now Young Grasshopper, we look for more Verizon Blackberry in the e-market of eBay....Soon, we shall rid ourselves of this poison called AT&T...
funny our corporate sales weasel and their main support says different. More power to you if you can get the deal, but don;t be surprised it you end up with a data plan. Read the terms of servive for your contract very carefully and understand it
02-22-2010 08:57:35 AM - edited 02-22-2010 09:00:52 AM
I just moved two of my lines from AT&T to T-Mobile and they do not require data plans for the Tilts they took with them. I hope it stays that way.
they are the last holdout, but then again don;t consider them a major provider eitther. Looking at their coverage map outside of major metropolitian areas their coverage is pretty poor and seems ot be primarily roaming in those areas
02-22-2010 11:00:21 AM
I dislike the mandatory data plans as well. But, the only thing to do is.. Since you got the message within the first thirty days of purchase. You could have returned the device and purchased a basic device. Or go back to you previous phone. Unfortunately, it means going without a new blackberry. But, they lose sales and the funds of a mandatory data plan that way
Demanding users to pay for a data plan for smart phones is like demanding PC users to pay for high speed internet simply because they bought a PC.
Not all smart devices require data service, particularly if they have WiFi. Why pay for a second data service at that point?
I got a Blackberry to do texting and to run my apps on it. It is smaller than a laptop :-). Within a day of putting my AT&T simm in it I get a text message saying that I am now a proud owner of a data plan that I never asked for. Why do I need a data plan?? In my work I am legally required NOT to have a data plan!! Just because my device is a computing device with a keyboard AT&T wants a cell-tax because I put their simm in it and use it as a phone.
As noted in other threads, AT&T needs to get a clue, and get on this board to start participating in these forums.
Thats OK. My contract expires in March. Like they care about that too...
02-22-2010 11:08:21 AM
02-22-2010 11:12:26 AM
They only way att will take notice is if they lose customers because of the mandatory data plan. If they begin to lose a substantial amount of money, things may change. Until then, you'll be saving money with a less expensive provider
Well, you look at the AT&T coverage map. AT&T and T-Mobile share the same tower in my area. AT&T tells me they have no coverage in my ares yet I've been using AT&T on that tower foir over 7 years, The map shows me solidly in the Edge area and they insist I am "on Mars". AT&T says I have no service yet as soon as my wife and kid pop their RAZR SIMs in to my old Tilts, they cram datas plan down our throats. We don't use their data, we use NoData and WiFi. At the same time, T-Mobile gives me great service without excuses. I've been with AT&T nearly 20 years but I'll be totally free of them at the end of my Tilt2 contract. Their little data plan grab cost them three of my family plan lines.