is pay for data obigatory even using second hand iphone?

Aug 29, 2011 6:25AM PDT

I use a second hand iphone but strictly using it for phone services with AT&T with an AT&T sim card from my standard (not smart-phone) cell-phone.
AT&T wants me to pay for the data though I never use data and not signed a contract for data.
It is legal or just logic from AT&T.
Thank you.

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The phone uses the data link.
Aug 29, 2011 6:31AM PDT

You don't but the phone does for updates and more. It's a widely discussed topic but if you ever let ATT find you using that sim in the iPhone they want the data plan.

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Sep 12, 2011 2:15AM PDT

Thanks! I was thinking all the while that my pone needs to use a data link to get the most out of it.

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To be more precise
Aug 29, 2011 7:14AM PDT

Short answer is that they can require it and you have no choice.

In At&t's Terms on Conditions of Service it clearly states that all smart phones used on their network are required to have a smart phone data plan. It doesn't matter if you bought the device from At&t or not and it is perfectly legal. The T&C apply to all customers whether or not they are in contract. There are a few phone models (definitely not any iPhone) that may not be detected but that is a whole other discussion. Data is a feature and is not part of any contract.

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Switch to T-Mobile no data reqired
Sep 5, 2011 4:09PM PDT

I suggest you get your device unlocked and port your number over to the monthly 4G plans at T-Mobile. $50, no taxes or fees and unlimited everything. Since you do not use data, the slower speed most experience from having to use edge will not be a problem. Thing is, it's there for you to use in a pinch and you always have your WiFi too.

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Only problem is.....
Sep 5, 2011 11:27PM PDT

The iPhone will not work on T-mobile's 4G data network, it will be limited to EDGE data speeds because it lacks the required 1700 mhz frequency used by T-mobile. It will work with voice calls without problem on T-mobile and the OP will have to unlock the iPhone himself. Neither At&t or Apple will provide unlock codes for an At&t iPhone.

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Sep 26, 2011 6:08AM PDT

How do you know there are no taxes on the Monthly 4g? Just wondering, because I have been trying to find that info somewhere.

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Tax is usually money that is marked for city, state, union.
Sep 26, 2011 6:29AM PDT

And Cellular services are so far, without question "taxed."

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