2013-12-27 17:49:23 UTC
>> So, I may be "grandfathered" in, under the old no-data plan.
> Yes, I think somehow you got lucky, because it's been a long
> standing problem that people have been bitching about that
> the carriers will not let you use a smartphone on their networks
> without a data plan.
To be very clear, I had filed an FCC complaint about a year or two
ago, against AT&T for that very same reason.
I argued long and hard with the AT&T VP who called me in response
to my FCC complaint, all to no avail. In fact, the funny thing is,
that AT&T replied to the FCC that the "matter was resolved to the
customer's satisfaction". I dropped AT&T in favor of T-Mobile!
I was so tired of the fight, they had worn me down so much, that
I simply gave up on getting AT&T to reconsider. I had even filed
an FTC complaint of "Unfair Marketing Practices", since their
*stated reason* was to have a predictable bill - and - I argued
to the FTC that they also allowed a data block - so I could get
a predictable bill without a data plan.
In the end, I simply gave up. The exhausted even me. And that's
not easy to do. I simply moved to T-Mobile, who was happy to
take my money without me having to have a data plan.
So, there's no doubt that I have a T-Mobile plan that doesn't
have any data!