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Pre-paid for light calling
Sure. If you don't use voice much you very well might be able to get by with Skype/Google Voice/etc. I have friends who stick to this routine for the most part instead of a traditional post-paid cellular service plan and/or landline. They add Skype out minutes to be able to stick to a single platform (=laptop). It's a great configuration if your broadband connection is reliable.
smart phone with data plan
try this get prepaid t mable 100 dollar card with 1000 mint for one year you will have the cell no for one year and take the data planfor sip call thanks
No data plan not available.
The problem with data plan only is the carriers don't want to provide the service. T-Mobile had a data-only plan for the Sidekick but they didn't extend it to other devices. I use a Nexus one with a prepaid SIM for voice and I depend on WiFi for data. On-the-go Voice calls are inexpensive and local voice and data is free over WiFi. It works well for me because I usually have WiFi available. You do lose some capabilities and a few useful apps, like navigation, when you're on the road.
Not many options
If you already have a wifi-capable smartphone, you could get a personal hotspot device like the Sprint Overdrive or Verizon/AT&T Mifi. One problem with this scenario is that the Overdrive/Mifi typically costs about $60/month. I think the average smartphone plan (even with the lowest number of minutes) runs about $70/month, so you wouldn't be saving a ton of cash. I think with the Verizon Mifi, you can opt for the $40 - 250MB plan, but I don't know if that would be enough data to get you through the month.
I don't know of any carriers who are willing to activate a smartphone for data-only. Even if they were willing, I doubt they would offer you the typical $30/month data plan rate when they can simply force you to pick one of the above options and pay twice as much.
I wonder if it would be possible to use the micro-SIM from an iPad 3G in an unlocked, GSM smartphone (either one that accepts micro-SIMs or by modifying the micro-SIM to fit into a standard size SIM tray? My gut feeling says the answer is probably No.
Thanks for all the responses, guys.
When I originally started looking at plans, it looked like Sprint was offering a data-only plan, but upon closer inspection, it was for something else. I see now that data-only is not an option. Sorry, I was confused.
Data only cell phone
I inquired about a data only smart phone plan through Verizon this past spring. They offered me unlimited data for $50 a month. $20mo more than normal since I didn't have a voice plan. I would still be able to use the phone for regular calls if I liked, I would just be charged a quarter per minute.
Ooh, so it does exist!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like the added expense of $20 would still be cheaper than getting a voice plan. So I guess my question is again, could I potentially make unlimited calls and texts through Skype/Google Voice or whatever other app is out there?
Question another spin on smartphone without calling
When I upgrade hdwe, can I use old VerizonDroid3 as a minitablet using only wi-fi connection. It would be a free android Web-access device for me if it worked.
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I see you created a new discussion so this old post is now closed.