Heather asked us,
I am interesting in buying a Blackberry to use as a cellphone and a PDA. I’m not really interested in email or any web browsing so I don’t need a data plan. However the girl at the desk wouldn’t sell me just one with a voice plan saying I need to get the data plan. She couldn’t give me a proper answer why I need to buy the data and I’m just thinking she was trying to rip me off.
Heather, she’s not trying to rip you off. RIM gets a percentage of the monthly data plan so if you bought a Blackberry with just a voice plan they would lose out on revenue. Your best bet would be to buy a used Blackberry and insert a SIM card in it so you can use it as a cellphone and have some limited PDA functionality.