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Activating Blackberry w/ Verizon: Do I HAVE to buy Data plan

by ryanx27 / April 29, 2008 6:39 AM PDT

Verizon Wireless is offering me a free Blackberry Pearl 8130 to renew my contract with them for 2 years. Pretty sweet, because I was going to renew anyway and that seems to be a good phone. Here's what I'm wondering: The fine print says "Blackberry smartphone may only be activated with a Data plan, Data Feature, or Nationwide Email plan."

Is there any way around this? If not, can I sign up for the cheapest Data plan then cancel it later, or is the Data plan part of the 2 year contract?

I would like to know this stuff going into the negotiation so I don't get suckered into buying something I didn't have to...

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by ryanx27 / May 5, 2008 11:51 PM PDT


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by sellersce / May 6, 2008 12:42 AM PDT

Verizon requires a data plan with the BlackBerry. I just made the switch to Sprint because they had a much better deal with the BlackBerries. I have the Simply Everything plan and that includes unlimited texting, Sprint TV, Sprint Music, navigation, email, web, etc... Verizon's $40 data plan does not include all of that. The only problem with Sprint is that it's an individual plan. Switching to Sprint saves me $30 a month even with a 12% discount I had with Verizon. By no means am I saying you should switch to Sprint, but that's what I decided to do.

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