Legality of AT&T?

xGrill

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Aug 27, 2008
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Hi, I was wondering what the legality of AT&T automatically adding a data plan without your knowledge or consent. I got an iPhone 4 on day 1 and gave my old iPhone 3G to my mom, who does not have a data plan since she had a crappy nokia phone, so I turned Cellular data off and put her sim inside my old 3G and since she did not want to pay the extra 15 dollars a month (There is free WiFi everywhere here)

About a month later, she received a text message saying that a data plan has been automatically added (the 25 dollar one), and I confirmed it online. Has anyone ever had this problem? Technically, she never signed a contract with AT&T for an iPhone, and they just added the data plan.
 

bbplayer5

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Hi, I was wondering what the legality of AT&T automatically adding a data plan without your knowledge or consent. I got an iPhone 4 on day 1 and gave my old iPhone 3G to my mom, who does not have a data plan since she had a crappy nokia phone, so I turned Cellular data off and put her sim inside my old 3G and since she did not want to pay the extra 15 dollars a month (There is free WiFi everywhere here)

About a month later, she received a text message saying that a data plan has been automatically added (the 25 dollar one), and I confirmed it online. Has anyone ever had this problem? Technically, she never signed a contract with AT&T for an iPhone, and they just added the data plan.
You cant use an iPhone on their network without a data plan I dont think.
 

labman

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Jun 9, 2009
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it's clearly in att agreement that require a data plan with iphone doesn't matter if it a 4 3gs or 4g i think the original is now excluded. I not going to argue if they should or shouldn't just that is in your agreement as well as your mothers. just get the smallest data program I think $15. also with out a Data plan she can't get or send SMS/MMS
 

douflag

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Apr 6, 2010
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Hi, I was wondering what the legality of AT&T automatically adding a data plan without your knowledge or consent. I got an iPhone 4 on day 1 and gave my old iPhone 3G to my mom, who does not have a data plan since she had a crappy nokia phone, so I turned Cellular data off and put her sim inside my old 3G and since she did not want to pay the extra 15 dollars a month (There is free WiFi everywhere here)

About a month later, she received a text message saying that a data plan has been automatically added (the 25 dollar one), and I confirmed it online. Has anyone ever had this problem? Technically, she never signed a contract with AT&T for an iPhone, and they just added the data plan.
I believe you have to have a data plan with all smartphones, regardless if you use data or not. As soon as they pick up the IMEI, they will add that plan. I'm on T-Mobile USA and this is what they do, so I assume AT&T does the same.
 

thelatinist

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Aug 15, 2009
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Technically, she never signed a contract with AT&T for an iPhone, and they just added the data plan.
She signed an AT&T contract. Every AT&T contract, whether for an iPhone or not, incorporates the same language requiring a data plan if using an iPhone. Surely your mom read the contract she signed and could have told you that?