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Do I need a data plan?

by soccerguy2 / March 26, 2011 11:56 AM PDT

So I am with T-Mobile and I have passed my 2 year agreement with my razor. If I buy, say a blackberry or a tmobile G1 from a friend, will the phone still work with basic features such as calling, texting, and picture mailing?

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Re: basic functions
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 26, 2011 8:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Do I need a data plan?

Calling and texting are basic functions, for which you don't need a data plan. But pictures are data, so to mail pictures you need a data plan.
The alternative is to copy them to your PC (nice to have them there so you can make a backup and never lose them!) and e-mail them as an attachment. The e-mail on your PC includes a free data plan, so to say.


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Are you sure about that?
by Pepe7 / March 27, 2011 6:10 AM PDT
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Is it unlocked?
by fondy / March 31, 2011 2:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Do I need a data plan?

The first thing to do is find out if T-Mobile still offers voice/SMS-only plans if you provide your own phone. They allowed me to use a jailbroken iPhone without requiring a data plan but that was almost two years ago.
The next thing would be to make sure the used phone you're planning to buy is (or can be) unlocked. Just because a phone is out of contract doesn't guarantee that it's unlocked. If the phone was originally used with T-Mobile service you may be OK, but if it came from another carrier it may or may not be unlockable.
Keep in mind that AT&T and T-Mobile's 3G data networks are incompatible. If you are able to activate an old AT&T smartphone on T-Mobile - and later decide that you do want a 3G data plan - you'll need a different phone.

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You read too much into the OP's post
by Pepe7 / April 1, 2011 12:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Is it unlocked?

He doesn't mention switching carriers and only wants to know if a used T-Mobile phone would work with his current service after the contract is up. In this case he would simply be month-to-month and the current features would not change on his T-Mobile service. Unlocked & ATT do not factor into the discussion.

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And you're making assumptions...
by fondy / April 1, 2011 2:41 AM PDT

Where did he say that it was a T-mobile Blackberry?

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by Pepe7 / April 1, 2011 2:49 AM PDT

We'll both have to wait until the OP responds to learn that, I suppose.

FWIW, T-Mobile still is the best large carrier to choose if your goal is to bring along your own phone.

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