What is a Data Plan?

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  1. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502

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    What is a Data Plan and what does it do
    does it affect web browsing ?

    I'm planing to buy an iPhone very so i need to know these things
     
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    Recommend that you sit down with an AT&T rep and discuss options/plans.

    Regarding the Data Plan, this is the plan that covers data transfers to and from your iPhone such as browsing the Internet or sending/receiving e-mail messages.
     
  3. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

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    A data plan is what you monthly pay for:
    • Certain amount of calling minutes.
    • Certain amount of texts.
    • Certain amount of data/MBs.
    And yes, it affects web browsing. Without a data plan you'll have no connection to the internet.. well, unless you're on Wi-Fi.
     
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    Uh, the Data Plan does not cover calling (talking) minutes.

    OP, that is why you should contact your local AT&T/SoftBank/etc. office since they will have the correct information concerning what plans are available for you location.
     
  5. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

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    A normal plan does? But that also covers the data..
     
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    It's something that AT&T forces you to get. No exceptions. Bwahaha.
     
  7. AppleTecFan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I live in Canada so I need info about Fido and Rogers
    also I looked at Fido's plan's they don't have a data plan is that a problem?
     
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    When you buy an iPhone and get service with AT&T, you will be required to get minutes (for talking on the phone), and data (accessing the network for any number of reasons, including visual voicemail, e-mail, many many many apps, Google, iTunes, YouTube, weather, web browsing, etc. Any time you do any of those things, you need a network connection. That can either be wifi or AT&T's data plan.).

    You may decide to get a text plan, which will include MMS starting September 25th, but that is optional. Voice and data are not optional.


    Oops, just saw you're in Canada. I know they do things differently up there (including having MMS since 3.0), but I'll defer to our Canadian posters to help you.
     
  9. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't know about Fido, nor Rogers. But you could always check out their sites for details on plans and packages.
     
  10. AppleTecFan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't find the data plans from fido and I'm buying a 3GS
     
  11. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

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    Here are the plans for Fido. And I think they're out of iPhone 3Gs stock.
     
  12. AppleTecFan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok guys thanks for the help:D
     
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I believe that most cell companies that are supporting the iPhone bill based upon a combined data and calling plan, both of which can vary.

    In addition, there may be options or other fees such as tax. An example option service might be a voice message service.

    On a side note, definitely want to turn off roaming as it can be expensive. Just saw someone that had to pay a $3,000 plus phone bill at my local SoftBank store. Yikes!
     

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