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Thread: Definitive list: feature phones that do/do not require data plans

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    Quote Originally Posted by jansenj
    The Rival does not require a data plan...yet.
    Yes that's true. The table I put together was based upon the leaked information provided, in which the Rival was listed as requiring a data plan. As of now that requirement hasn't materialized. I'd like to update the table but I don't have access to it anymore. Sorry.

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    As most of you know, VZW is putting out new data plan requirements for new activations starting on Monday, Jan. 18 2010. Most 3G feature phones will require either a $9.99 (25mb w/ mobile email) or $29.99 (unlimited w/ mobile email) data plan. There are no exceptions to this rule whether it be you purchased a phone at full retail or purchased the phone through ebay/craigslist. There is no pay-as-you-go (PAYG) or data block feature available for these phones.

    Below is the definitive list of feature phones that if activated on or after Jan. 18, 2010 will/will not require the data plans mentioned above. Please note that I've only listed phones that are currently sold by VZW. As of now, certain end-of-life 3g phones (such as the Chocolate 3) and older 3g phones (such as the Dare) are not subject to the new data plan requirement and therefore may be on a PAYG plan or have a data block put in place. Also, please note that push-to-talk phones (PTT) such as the Casio Rock, Motorola Barrage, and the Samsung Convoy are currently exempt from the data plan requirement.

    Feature phones that DO NOT require a data plan (no matter when activated)

    1) Nokia Shade (2705)
    2) Samsung Intensity (SCH-U450)
    3) Verizon Escapade
    4) LG Glance (VX7100)
    5) Verizon Razzle
    6) Samsung Trance (SCH-U490)
    7) Samsung Smooth (SCH-U350)
    8) LG VX5500
    9) Motorola VU204
    10) Samsung Sway (SCH-U650)
    11) Samsung Knack (SCH-U310)
    12) Samsung SCH-U410
    13) Samsung Snap (SCH-U340)
    14) Motorola Rival (A455)
    15) Casio Rock (C731)
    16) Samsung Convoy (SCH-U640)
    17) Motorola Barrage (V860)

    3G feature phones that DO NOT require a data plan (but may in the future)
    1) LG Chocolate 3 (VX8560)
    2) Samsung Renown (SCH-U810)
    3) Verizon Wireless CDM8950
    4) Nokia 6205

    3G Feature phones that DO require a data plan (activated on/post Jan. 18, 2010)
    1) LG Chocolate Touch (VX8575)
    2) LG enV3 (VX9200)
    3) LG enV Touch (VX11000)
    4) LG VX8360
    5) Motorola Entice (W766)
    6) Samsung Rogue (SCH-U960)
    7) Samsung Alias2 (SCH-U750)
    8) Nokia Twist (7705)

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    Would you be required to purchase a data plan for a refurb swap on a Feature phone originally activated pre Jan. 18, 2010?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaostheorem
    Would you be required to purchase a data plan for a refurb swap on a Feature phone originally activated pre Jan. 18, 2010?
    No, you shouldn't have to.

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    I think the Samsung Reality u820 requires a data plan ?
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    Digging up an old thread here, but since I came looking here for an answer a couple of weeks ago when shopping for a used phone for my daughter, I figure someone else might benefit from an update.

    Currently (11/2011) NO Verizon *feature phones* absolutely require a data plan. Some feature phones list the 9.99 plan as required, but customer service can get rid of it if you put a data block on the line. I confirmed this with CS on the phone while I was shopping, and had a corp store rep do it for the enV Touch I ended up buying when I activated it with no hassle at all. Both the phone person and the agent in the store confirmed that if you put a data block on a line with a feature phone they will remove the 9.99 data plan. Note that this applies to ALL feature phones, but does NOT apply to ANY smartphones.

    To the poster above, I did ask specifically about the Samsung Reality, and the phone rep confirmed that it qualified as a feature phone and thus could be activated with a data block and NO data plan.

    Note that, as it was explained to me, any phone which lists the 9.99 plan as required will absolutely need a data block on the line to bypass this requirement, so you do have to completely give up data on that line.

    Hope this helps someone.

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    do you guys watch Alaska State Troppers?? Those guys use motorola feature phone. I don't know which carriers. I bet motorola is good reception phone. Which I got pull over, the tropper use motorola too.

    well too bad motorola stop making feature phones. My motorola v860 have 2 months to live. Then I will upgrade to iphone 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moto94536 View Post
    do you guys watch Alaska State Troppers?? Those guys use motorola feature phone. I don't know which carriers. I bet motorola is good reception phone. Which I got pull over, the tropper use motorola too.

    well too bad motorola stop making feature phones. My motorola v860 have 2 months to live. Then I will upgrade to iphone 5.
    What's a tropper? Do they sell pull over sweaters at Old Navy in Anchorage?


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    I really don't think they would retroactively enact such a policy, but you never know.

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    Is there an updated Definitive List?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wait View Post
    Is there an updated Definitive List?
    I would also be interested in this.

    Will be switching to Verizon when my Sprint contract ends in November, and have no interest in a smartphone or data plan.

    Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moto94536 View Post
    do you guys watch Alaska State Troppers?? Those guys use motorola feature phone. I don't know which carriers. I bet motorola is good reception phone. Which I got pull over, the tropper use motorola too.

    well too bad motorola stop making feature phones. My motorola v860 have 2 months to live. Then I will upgrade to iphone 5.

    Yes indeed. Motorola is the best on reception and connection. A Moto will work when the rest won't. of course , you can always get a lemon , but Motorola has a great reputation for connectivity and reception.

    You can Google for Motorola feature phones and whatever carrier you use and it will take you to several results. I Google this : Motorola feature phones for Verizon on Amazon. Or you can leave off Amazon from your search . When you find the phone you want , Just call your carrier and see if this phone can be activated , if so , then order it. You won't be under contract either , because you will have a paid phone.
    Last edited by Jillxz; 06-19-2013 at 07:33 PM.

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    Still rocking:

    LG VX8350
    Samsung SCH-U430
    Samsung Convoy

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    I kept piecing together VX8350's until my last hinge cable broke.

    Now I've upgraded to:

    LG VX8360 (weekdays)
    Microsoft (Sharp) Kin TwoM (weekends)

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    yeah already they are sold out so i don't never add them!
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