AT&T subscribers will require data plan with smartphone purchase

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Why would anyone want a smartphone without a data plan? That’s like buying a Ferrari with a Ford engine. Sure, the device looks stylish, but you need data to unlock the true power of your BlackBerry. Anyways, preaching to the converted.

As of September 6th, 2009, AT&T will begin requiring that all smartphones sign up for a smartphone data plan. Customers who activated their smartphones prior to September 6th, may continue to carry around a BlackBerry as a status symbol while not taking advantage of their device’s awesome powers. That last part should have been included in the official email.

  • Dell

    Phruqd;

    No, they won’t shut your phone off but sooner or later your contract will run out or you will need a new phone and then they got you.

    That’s is why everyone needs to contact the BBB and let them know what you think.

  • Dell

    Phruqd;

    No, they won’t shut your phone off but sooner or later your contract will run out or you will need a new phone and then they got you.

    That’s is why everyone needs to contact the BBB and let them know what you think.

  • SirAthos

    Simply leave AT&T. They are nothing without customers.

    And yes, it makes a whole lot of sense to have a smartphone without a data plan.

  • SirAthos

    Simply leave AT&T. They are nothing without customers.

    And yes, it makes a whole lot of sense to have a smartphone without a data plan.

  • Koni

    Like most others I love my Blackberry Curve for the apps and non data features. I had the data plan at first and found absolutely no use for it. If I want the web I can turn on my laptop or desktop. I want to keep my Curve but it’s 2 years old and I know it wont last forever. I’ve looked for non-smart phones to replace it – nothing doing.

    Maybe Blackberry will come to our rescue, AT&T could not care less about us.

  • Koni

    Like most others I love my Blackberry Curve for the apps and non data features. I had the data plan at first and found absolutely no use for it. If I want the web I can turn on my laptop or desktop. I want to keep my Curve but it’s 2 years old and I know it wont last forever. I’ve looked for non-smart phones to replace it – nothing doing.

    Maybe Blackberry will come to our rescue, AT&T could not care less about us.

  • Koni

    Like most others I love my Blackberry Curve for the apps and non data features. I had the data plan at first and found absolutely no use for it. If I want the web I can turn on my laptop or desktop. I want to keep my Curve but it’s 2 years old and I know it wont last forever. I’ve looked for non-smart phones to replace it – nothing doing.

    Maybe Blackberry will come to our rescue, AT&T could not care less about us.

  • Robert

    There’s always the option of buying a Smartphone unlocked, and then using it without data. But in that case it’ll cost a ton of extra money. I was surprised when I heard the news of this too.. I wish it didn’t happen, but I’m thinking about keeping my current Curve even after my contract expires and renewing. Maybe by then AT&T will have REDUCED data plans instead of $30 a month..

  • Robert

    There’s always the option of buying a Smartphone unlocked, and then using it without data. But in that case it’ll cost a ton of extra money. I was surprised when I heard the news of this too.. I wish it didn’t happen, but I’m thinking about keeping my current Curve even after my contract expires and renewing. Maybe by then AT&T will have REDUCED data plans instead of $30 a month..

  • Lynn

    The reason some people want a “Smartphone” w/o a Data Plan is that Palm no longer makes PDAs. When the PDAs we have, stop working, we want the capabilities of our PDA in our cell phones. I don’t need internet and email access, just a phone and a PDA, without the extra cost of a Plan I will get no use from.

  • Lynn

    The reason some people want a “Smartphone” w/o a Data Plan is that Palm no longer makes PDAs. When the PDAs we have, stop working, we want the capabilities of our PDA in our cell phones. I don’t need internet and email access, just a phone and a PDA, without the extra cost of a Plan I will get no use from.

  • Lynn

    The reason some people want a “Smartphone” w/o a Data Plan is that Palm no longer makes PDAs. When the PDAs we have, stop working, we want the capabilities of our PDA in our cell phones. I don’t need internet and email access, just a phone and a PDA, without the extra cost of a Plan I will get no use from.

  • SuperV

    Uhm, hellooo? WiFi? Easy texting? Applications? Size factor?I am a) complaining to the FCC; and b) voting with my feet (i.e., closing my AT&T account)

  • SuperV

    Uhm, hellooo? WiFi? Easy texting? Applications? Size factor?I am a) complaining to the FCC; and b) voting with my feet (i.e., closing my AT&T account)

  • SuperV

    Uhm, hellooo? WiFi? Easy texting? Applications? Size factor?

    I am a) complaining to the FCC; and b) voting with my feet (i.e., closing my AT&T account)

  • steviedub

    I am legally blind. I use the “talking” menu program on my HTC smart phone to navigate. Why would I need the internet just to make calls and text? If there were more variety of phones that could be loaded with this program, I would certainly have bought one. The salesperson recommended this model to me for this reason, and now I have to find an unlocked version and pay full price for ANOTHER phone. Thanks AT&T. As soon as my contract is done, I'm out.

  • steviedub

    I am legally blind. I use the “talking” menu program on my HTC smart phone to navigate. Why would I need the internet just to make calls and text? If there were more variety of phones that could be loaded with this program, I would certainly have bought one. The salesperson recommended this model to me for this reason, and now I have to find an unlocked version and pay full price for ANOTHER phone. Thanks AT&T. As soon as my contract is done, I'm out.

  • guest

    Why are you so judgmental?  Maybe poor college students who are using their parents’ hand-me-down Blackberries, don’t want or need the data plan!