Verizon Business - LTE?

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Aug 16 13:44:04 CDT 2011


On Aug 16, 2011, at 10:15 AM, Cameron Byrne wrote:

> On Aug 16, 2011 9:41 AM, <Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu> wrote:
>> 
>> On Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:53:24 EDT, Christopher Morrow said:
>> 
>>> anyway, they do these donkey things because they can :( people have no
>>> real option (except not to play the game, ala war games).
>> 
>> My brother recently tried to get a smartphone without a data plan (as the
>> phone he wanted was also Wifi-capable, and he was *quite* willing to be
> able
>> to do data-type stuff only when in range of an access point because he's
> in
>> range of one 95% of the time he'd want to use data features).  But at
> least
>> one vendor said they wouldn't activate a phone under those conditions.
>> 
>> Anybody got a good pairing of Android-based smartphone and vendor willing
>> to play that game?
>> 
> 
> If you pay full price for the phone, this should not be an issue. Many
> carriers price in data plans to offset the handset hardware subsidy.
> 
> I would recommend the unlocked nexus s with a prepaid sim for voice minutes
> ... and wifi for data only. Really, any phone you buy free and clear without
> subsidy and contract should work fine as a phone with a prepaid sim

This of course assumes you want your service from AT&T or T-Mobile.

If you want one of the other suppliers that use CDMA, this approach does
not work.

Owen

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