AT&T subscribers will require data plan with smartphone purchase

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.

15 Responses to “AT&T subscribers will require data plan with smartphone purchase”


  1. 1 Gabriel

    Awesome power? Like having to wait 5 minutes for a simple web page to load on the “awesome” browser?

  2. 2 Jason

    The deaf smart phones for their texting capability. If all they want is a communication device they should not be charged for the data plan only a texting plan…..

  3. 3 Mini

    True that the BlackBerry (or any smartphone for that matter) doesn’t reach its full potential without a data plan, but they could always fall back on WiFi, which AT&T phones provide. And so, I think greed has motivated AT&T to require a data plan, not convenience.

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  7. 7 Phreqd

    I’m wondering what they’re going to do if you don’t opt-in. Shut your phone off? Does that get you out of the contract?

  8. 8 JosephM

    This is a common misconception that smartphones are useless without data connectivity. In fact, I use mine to sync with Outlook calendar, contacts, and tasks via activesync on my blackjack II. I know others who do just as I do, and have no data plan either.

    True, there is functionality we may not be using, but this is a very important function to me, and you can’t get it on anything other than a “smartphone”.

  9. 9 murphythadog

    I don’t see why people can’t have choices.

  10. 10 EvanM

    AT&T once again getting too big for their britches. Maybe Congress needs to split them up like Ma Bell was years ago. I will never sign another two-year extension. Verizon starting to like better all the time. $30.00 per month when I have to pay 45.00 per month for broadband at home is ridiculous!

  11. 11 JosephM

    I definitely agree with EvanM about data fees. I’d suggest that all tier one carriers are engadged in price fixing. Why does every single one charge no less than $30 per month for data.

    Yes, I know some tier 2 companies like boost have a cheaper rate. Problem is that none of the phones offered by these conpanies are anywhere near a smartphone. Otherwise, I would swich in a heartbeat!

  12. 12 Blotto

    So…..i guess you cant just buy an iphone, unlock it and book it on over to tmo anymore? IMHO, thats what they are trying to battle.

  13. 13 JosephM

    No question that they want to lock up the iphone. I can understand this, as they eat most of the phones cost. Especially with the iphone, I don’t see why they force a data plan down our throat. I would love to have one, but would only use Wifi for broadband access. I’ll bet there are more than a few like me who would do the same if they could.

    I actually carry around an iPod touch much of the time for this reason. The Blackjack is a better phone, and it has way better battery life than an iphone. Unfortunately, comparing media features with it and just about any other phone with an iphone is pathetic. Samsung is too stupid to even put a standard headphone jack on these things.

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