Verizon smartphone advice needed

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  1. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff Member

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    Right now, we have the 700 minute family plan with unlimited texting. We're looking to upgrade to smartphones but it appears they tag $29.99 onto the bill for each phone. That's quite a chunk.

    Anyone know the scoop here?

    Also, does Verizon have any wi-fi phones which don't require a data plan?
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  2. Hard Hitter 53

    Hard Hitter 53 Camp Fodder

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    All Verizon smartphones require a dataplan.
    I've got a Droid X, the wife has LG Ally, the wifi is ok, but has trouble using an N router, works fine on G though. Uses a lot of battery.
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  3. TitanJeff

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    I was afraid of that.

    I see some data plans which are less expensive for 25 MB, etc. If you are accessing the internet by a wi-fi connection, does it count against you data plan?
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    Not that I am aware of since you wouldn't be accessing the VZW network. I just tapped into the wifi here at work. The 3G icon disappears when it is on WIFI.
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  5. TitanJeff

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    Any way to turn off the 3G via the setting on the phone?
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    Without disabling the radio for the phone, no. I was able to put it in Airplane Mode and use wifi....
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  7. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff Member

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    From what I get from the Verizon folks, the data can't be turned off.
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    of course they're going to tell you that. they don't want you bypassing their network and using a wi-fi connection for skype
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