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cellphone w/ gsm sim card

by majtom18 / September 6, 2013 8:01 AM PDT

i bought an unlocked phone w/ the intent of being able to change providers if i wanted to. i intend on only accessing the internet w/ my phone via the wifi function(i have wifi @ work, my parents home, & every hotel i stay in). i rarely send more than 100 texts a month, and almost never talk on my phone more than 20 min per month. i'm seeing a lot of providers only offer certain plans for the phone that i own which are WAY MORE EXPANSIVE/EXPENSIVE than what i EVER intend on using my phone for. if i bought a sim card activation kit, as long as it is compatible(w/ regard to gsm networks) w/ the service provider, do i actually NEED to buy a specific plan for my phone to work on that network? are there specific providers that this maneuver would/wouldn't work with?

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Clarification Request
Have you looked into ....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / September 6, 2013 10:27 AM PDT

.....prepaid service ? If you are using a smartphone all 4 of the major postpaid carriers (At&t, T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon) require data plans even if you only intend to use Wifi only.

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i've been looking @ prepaid specifically
by majtom18 / September 6, 2013 8:49 PM PDT

i was considering postpaid as a plan B; thanks for informing me on the plans of the major networks.

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had my last phone for 3 yrs, so i'm dumb about smartphones
by majtom18 / September 6, 2013 8:56 PM PDT

i'm pretty sure it's not a smartphone(blu dash 3.5); but i don't really know what defines a smartphone though. it has android 2.2 browser & 1ghz processor.

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data plan
by birdmantd Forum moderator / September 6, 2013 8:59 PM PDT

I am not familiar with that device. Is it GSM or CDMA technology? If a postpaid cellular carrier doesn't recognize the make/model, they probably won't require a data plan. However, being that it is Android-based, they might. Best wishes.

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ATT likely won't worry about this one
by Pepe7 / September 7, 2013 11:31 AM PDT
In reply to: data plan
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