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    Do I have to have a data plan with vx9900?

    I just picked up a new vx9900 from my local dealer tonight on my new every 2. He told me the 9900 is a smart phone and I have to have the $24.95 monthly data plan with it. Is this correct? I did notice I can run VZ Nav without it asking about a subscription, but I could do that for $9.95 or back it up, correct?

    Do I need this 'data plan' and what would I want it for?

    Thanks.

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    The 9900 is not a smart phone. You do not need the $24.95/mo plan to use it since the phone is not capable of the same things an actual smart phone is capable of.

    Maybe the dealer overheard someone saying "Man, this is a smart phone, it knows what words I am trying to type without typing the three key twice to get an 'E'."

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    That's what I was hoping. What would the data package actually do for me with the 9900? Unlimited VZ Nav use and I could connect the laptop and use it like an aircard?

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    I don't know of any $25 data plan.
    The 9900 is just a phone. There is the $5 mobile web plan, the $15 VCast plan (that includes mobile web and unlimited minutes), and then there is the $59 unlimited BroadBand Access data plan that is for tethering and using #777 DUN like an aircard.

    VZNav is not free - there is a 2 week trial available for any phone that is VZNav capable. The 9900 comes with the 2 week trial installed and only needs to be run to be activated. VZNav is $9.99 a month whether you have any sort of data plan or mobile web package or not.

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    There was a $24.95 smart phone plan, he showed it to me in the brochure.

    I was thinking he was wrong about the 9900 being a smart phone, but I didn't argue as much as I should have. I will stop in and get it corrected tomorrow.

    The VZ Nav never said anything about being a trial, etc. It simply downloaded some updates and then ran.. So, one would need to wait out the two week trial prior to purchasing the 9.99 monthly subscription for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bretthays
    There was a $24.95 smart phone plan, he showed it to me in the brochure.

    I was thinking he was wrong about the 9900 being a smart phone, but I didn't argue as much as I should have. I will stop in and get it corrected tomorrow.

    The VZ Nav never said anything about being a trial, etc. It simply downloaded some updates and then ran.. So, one would need to wait out the two week trial prior to purchasing the 9.99 monthly subscription for it?
    Right - there is no $25 data plan for a normal phone, which the 9900 is.

    You are also correct that you need to wait till the trial runs out before converting the trial into a subscription. And you are correct that with the 9900 you are never told that the VZNav is a trial, and you are not even told the expiration date of the trial. But you can see that in the properties/settings/details of VZNav - I forget the exact location, but go to your Get It Now menu that shows the VZNav app and click settings or options or whatever, and you can see the expiration.

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    I bet the "smart" rep, showed him the 25.00 10mb plan, then bundled Vcast and VZ nav. Thats shady as hell.
    *Insert clever and/or witty comment here*

    The opinions/statements contained herein are those of me, myself, and I only. They do not necessarily represent those of any wireless company. There..covered my ***.

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    exactly, u said it... u went to an agent and they are not educated, if they were they wouldve told you that its a vcast phone and the 9900 is a phone with a keyboard, its not a pda. a corp. store wouldve better educated u buddy.


    Quote Originally Posted by bretthays
    I just picked up a new vx9900 from my local dealer tonight on my new every 2. He told me the 9900 is a smart phone and I have to have the $24.95 monthly data plan with it. Is this correct? I did notice I can run VZ Nav without it asking about a subscription, but I could do that for $9.95 or back it up, correct?

    Do I need this 'data plan' and what would I want it for?

    Thanks.

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    I heard a VZW radio commerical for the 9900 and claimed it was a smartphone. I thought it was a tab bit interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvanrens
    exactly, u said it... u went to an agent and they are not educated, if they were they wouldve told you that its a vcast phone and the 9900 is a phone with a keyboard, its not a pda. a corp. store wouldve better educated u buddy.
    I know. This guy is the local dealer and I have used him for years. He's great to work with on things like loaner phones, etc. so you can excuse little screwups such as this. I will just stop by and tell him to take the data plan off today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvanrens
    exactly, u said it... u went to an agent and they are not educated, if they were they wouldve told you that its a vcast phone and the 9900 is a phone with a keyboard, its not a pda. a corp. store wouldve better educated u buddy.
    Are you in east or west towne madison?

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