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Can a Blackberry be used without data plan?

by 20002621 / October 9, 2011 11:26 AM PDT

Hi all,
I am trying to find a way to buy a blackberry (or any other smartphone) without the annoying data plan. Is their anyway around this, e.g. Craigslist,eBay,ect.?
Any answers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2011 11:32 AM PDT

Here they offer a BLACKBERRY PLAN. Would you call that a data plan?

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Blackberry plan is a data plan
by 20002621 / October 9, 2011 11:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Here.

Yes. Anything that costs extra I consider a data plan. I don't need the Internet connection with all the wifi. All I want really is the phone.

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by Cola56 / December 25, 2011 7:08 PM PST

It is strange about it,if you want to download stuff via your blackberry from the internet,it is sure it need data plan.

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I would like to ask the same,,,
by Legutis / January 10, 2012 12:51 PM PST

Nothing strange ,,,I use WiFi to download stuff,,,I have smartphone (Nokia N97 mini) and it works without date plan, my Q is are there some phones made not to work w/o data plan or companies just try to make us buy more services from them. Am thinking get unlocked BB storm 2 for my DH (we have Tmobile) but all notifications that it may not work wo data plane got me confused,,,so if someone could answer original question it would be great!

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This area is beat to death.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 2:32 AM PST

There is no clear answer because as ATT and others change the rules then any answer given today may be wrong tomorrow. For example, some found they could pop the ATT sim into said units and later get a nasty automatic upgrade to the plan. covers other angles.

The carriers do not want smart phones with no plans and they are working hard to discover anyone that has such and IN THEIR AGREEMENTS is some clause about this.

I hope this helps you understand why it's a minefield area. The moment someone finds a workaround, the carriers seem to know about it.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 11, 2012 3:01 AM PST

My daughter uses a Blackberry without data plan without any issues. But we don't live in the USA. I don't think, however, this is the decisive argument for you to move to the Netherlands.

So it depends on the policy of the providers where you happen to live. Not on the phone.


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Yes you can.
by kosai19 / April 17, 2012 9:14 AM PDT


I work for a telecom provider in Canada and do the support for these devices. Blackberry devices do not need any type of data plan in order to work. Most modern phones are designed to have two capabilities: data and voice - so they are always split into two separate functions. For Blackberry devices you can launch the "Manage Connections" icon, select "Mobile Network Options" and turn the data feature on or off. The "mobile network" check box is what turns the phone's radio on/off. The radio is used to establish communication with your wireless carrier.

As far as what plans your carrier has, I have no idea but the phones themselves don't need a data plan to work.

One other thing... very often with voice plans you will get a slow pay-per use data access for older web pages (called WAP pages). There is a pay-per use charge (usually per kilobyte) however most carriers let you browse their home portal page for free since it links to pay products. You can turn the data feature of the phone off in the options i mentioned above to disable this. Turning this feature off still keeps your wifi working by the way.

One last point... lets you download apps to your computer and install them over a USB cable to your device. So you can do full upgrades and app installations from Blackberry App World Online. So you don't need a data plan if you want to add apps to the phone.

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Don't need data
by salmanpasta / August 23, 2012 9:36 AM PDT

Yup! Any of those above should work. It really depends on which carrier you are with. I know the ones in Canada don't care if you use a Blackberry without data as long as you didn't buy it from a contract price with them

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