Can you have an iPhone on Verizon without a data plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by marc55, Oct 30, 2011.

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    marc55

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    Is there anyway to use an iphone on Verizon without a data plan? I would use mostly for calls, and access wifi when available. Like the features, just don't see a need for a data plan.

    Thank you
     
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    Applejuiced

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    No, the iPhone data is mandatory.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

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    Today? no.

    I could have when I got mine, but only if i had bought the phone outright. My contract was old enough that data was not required on smartphones, so they would have honored that for the iPhone.

    I had planned on buying my phone outright this fall and OT having data, but my other phone croaked and I didn't have $650 to do so....

    Anyway, I do wish you could get it without data...
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    When I went and ordered mine yesterday, they said you needed a data plan to use an iPhone on the network. I think it would add one if you didn't have one...
     
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    Pink∆Floyd

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    Yes!

    It's called an iPod touch
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    But it doesn't have phone capabilities.
     
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    rdowns

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    Yeah, that's it. :rolleyes:
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    No, every network (or at least Verizon, AT&T and Sprint) requires you purchase a data plan with a smartphone.
     
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    Applejuiced

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    Unless you go to tmobile or prepaid AT&T.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    T-Mobile requires a data plan for smartphones as well and you can't get a prepaid iPhone on AT&T.
     
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    Applejuiced

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    False on both.
    Tmobile will allow you to use an iPhone on their network without a data plan.
    And you can use any prepaid AT&T sim with an iPhone.
     
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    wordoflife

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    nope, you can't.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    I believe you "can" use any phone without a data plan. You just use it as a regular phone without data access.

    However, what you can not do is buy the iphone at $199 subsidized pricing without a dataplan. You will have to buy it unlocked without a plan at full price of $649 which basically more than if you got a plan.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    why would you want an iPhone without a data plan? Just buy a regular phone then.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    because they dont want to carry a regular phone + ipod-touch & people are financially strapped
     
  16. macrumors 65816

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    Not true. Verizon will require you to add a data plan upon activation, even if you bought it off contract. If you don't have one already, they'll either not allow you to activate the phone until you call them or they'll add the $30 data plan automatically. There is no way to get around it.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    The data plans are a rip off

    You buy unlimited minutes - $120 per month. You want unlimited texting - $30 per month. Oh, then there's a data plan - $20 monthly. Insurance...$10...

    So, if you're lucky, maybe you have a company discount, and get all this for $160, with the absolute assurance that all these prices will increase. This monopoly is out of control. What a friggin scam. I'm retiring my Smart phone cause its so dumb ass.
     
  18. macuser44, Apr 10, 2013
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    macrumors newbie

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    Maybe true for you, but I use my iPhone without a data plan, therefore, "Why would you want an iPhone without a data plan?" is faulty logic, no?
     
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    dictoresno

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    Why are newbies always bumping old, dead threads
     
  20. Guest

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    No you need a data plan.
     
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    Interstella5555

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    No, it's just a question.
     
  22. macrumors 68040

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    I used my iPhone 3gs without a data plan. I was always home at the time and on WiFi. The iPhone has so many things you can do without data.

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    On prepaid att and tmobile you can use any smartphone without a data plan. Also on the smaller carriers this is possible. On Verizon it's not possible.
     
  23. macrumors 68040

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    Data is the number source of profit growth for USA carriers. They give voice minutes away and texting also. (With the popularity of iMessage, whatsapp etc). Carriers knew their easy days of text plans rip off were coming to an end.
     
  24. macrumors 68040

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    They are still ripping people of with it. Att charges $20 for unlimited texts.
     
  25. macrumors 68040

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    I should have clarified. I meant verizon and att sharing plans. Att/verizon offer unlimited voice/text with share everything /mobile share.
     

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