Do You Have To Pay For 3G Network?

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  1. trevpimp macrumors regular

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    I was at bestbuy. Employee told me if youre going to purchase an iPhone you must purchase the 3G access which is an extra $30. But I have wi-fi at my house.

    You really have to buy 3g even if you have Wi-Fi at home?

    If yes do you know why.
     
  2. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    You have to pay for the data plan. This allows your phone to surf the net when you are not on WiFi...
     
  3. question fear macrumors 68020

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    Yes you need a data plan.

    Because AT&T wants a nice, high, steady stream of income from each user, and forcing you into a data plan even when you aren't drawing on the network is a nice annuity for them.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    it is silly how they make you buy the data plan
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Most of the reason is for the carrier to recoup part of the money they use to discount the phone to make it affordable for you.

    AT&T sells the iPhone to you for $199, but they buy it from Apple for a lot more -- regular retail is $599. So even if you never use their data network, they lost a lot of money when they sold you the device for $199.

    Verizon requires a data plan when you buy a smart phone, and T-Mobile just started requiring data plans for smart phones too.
     
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    So does this mean for every smart phone you're required to pay for a data plan?
     

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