Smartphone without a data plan

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Is there a way to use a smartphone without a data plan?  Like you can remote the text messaging option.  Can you remove the data plan? Tmobile carrier in this case.
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Thomas GrassiSystems Administrator
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Text messaging uses your cellular connection not the data plan

Data plan is used for Email Web Browsing and other apps you may use that accessing the web.

IE Face Book Twitter etc.

On your phone in setup you can find an option to turn off your data plan to test what works and what does not.

You can always use the wireless  access to do use the web access.

So yes you can use your smart phone without a data plan you just can use the wireless

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But does that mean the carrier wouldn't change me for the data plan? Only voice?
Thomas GrassiSystems Administrator
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You can call them up and tell them you do not want your data plan any longer.

I would test your wireless connection first before you make that change.

I have a Ipad that does not have a data plan and I only use wireless it works just fine.
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Ipad is different.  I understand with smartphones the carriers do detect your phone type automatically and turn your data plan on.  
I can call confirm with them though.
Thomas GrassiSystems Administrator
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YEs Ipads are different but it is the same principal.

Does your wireless work ok?

If so then you can cancel your data plan.

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Commented:
Yes wifi works fine.  
I'll call the tmobile and see what's the have to say.

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Chatting with rep.
>>> If you will get the phone for free or o discounted price, then you will be required to have a data plan on the account.
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I did some more research

It is not that the smart phone needs the data plan to work it is the phone carriers that require all smart phones to have a data plan.

It would be too costly to have plans that were based on useage only.

So they just make all smart phones have data plans.

It is a catch 22 you dont need it but you have to have it.

I spoke with Verizon Sprint TMobile and AT&T all said the say thing.

Sorry but your stuck with a data plan.

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