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samsung brightside- wifi capability?

by superpenguin8 / March 11, 2012 10:34 AM PDT
Happy Hi there,
I am a new owner of the samsung brightside, with the verizon provider. I was wondering if there was any way for me to use the internet and e-mail functions of this phone in wifi spots without having a data plan or having to purchasing such features from verizon. If this is possible, I would appreciate it if you could help me go about it.

Your help is very much obliged!
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by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 11, 2012 11:09 AM PDT

...use a smart phone, you have to have a data plan, even if you only want to use a wifi connection. Been this way for over 2 years. No exceptions.

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by superpenguin8 / March 11, 2012 11:39 AM PDT

Can you explain why I would need a dataplan? Would it be possible to jailbreak my phone so I could use it as one would use an ipod touch, for example?

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It's a feature phone, not a smartphone
by Pepe7 / March 11, 2012 2:16 PM PDT
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Verizon did not include a wifi radio for use on wifi hotspots, only 3G for use on their data networks. Yes, you could buy the phone outright (from Amazon, etc.), but you wouldn't be able to activate it on Verizon's voice service w/o the required data plan.

The iPod touch is a different beast with more capabilities. Buy that, along with a cheap Verizon flip phone and you'll be a happier person ;).

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Hey man...
by sweetreactionkid / September 24, 2012 4:52 AM PDT

Hey these ppl lie... i did it... I works ...

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There's no wifi chip in the brightside
by Pepe7 / September 25, 2012 1:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Hey man...

Thanks for playing though.

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My error...
by birdmantd Forum moderator / September 25, 2012 6:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Hey man...

After further research, the Brightside is not considered a "smartphone", it is considered a "messaging" phone aka a "feature" phone. It does not require a data feature is I previously suggested. Sorry for my mistake. I did not attempt to mislead the OP since I thought it was a "smartphone".

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(NT) hey
by anhlove72 / March 31, 2013 12:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Hey man...
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this is to answeryou question
by treywright / February 5, 2013 7:26 AM PST

you first call *611 and put in your acount password and ask to put on internet and data chargers may apply

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That doesn't answer what the OP was asking
by Pepe7 / February 6, 2013 2:39 AM PST

LOL Wink

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i have this phone too
by goproguy / October 20, 2013 10:50 PM PDT

hi superpenguin8,
no you can't use wifi on the samsung brightside. its not a smartphone.

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Thanks for this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 21, 2013 2:34 AM PDT
In reply to: i have this phone too

Great answer that explains so much.

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