questionscan at&t disable my wi-fi on my iphone if i don't…

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No. Paying for the data plan is REQUIRED for the iphone through AT&T. Don't intend on having one? Don't get the iphone. If you don't intend on using data, get the cheap 200mb option instead of the 2 GB one. Saves money.

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If you don't get one through at&t then there is a way around that if your current phone doesn't have a data plan.
My uncle got an iphone from a friend but is a cheapskate so he didn't want a data plan. He took the sim out of his old phone and started to use the iphone and the just the wifi. after a day when he checked his account he noticed that his phone changed to the iphone and that they added the data plan. He took the sim and put it back in his old phone and called them up and told them he didn't have an iphone to which they noticed he wasn't calling from an iphone. This continued weekly for about a month with him threatening not cancel his service which he would have no termination fee so they didn't want to loose him. After that month and them promising it wouldn't happen again he switched back to the iphone for good and no data plan. He still uses it though he is getting ready to leave at&t anyways but he has been able to use his iphone without a data plan for about 7 months.

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@duckcake: does at&t require the data plan for all amartphones?

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No, they cannot disable your WiFi. If you are planning on having an iPhone without a data plan then prepare yourself for many phone calls to AT&T arguing with them. They are Nazis when it comes to trying to get everyone to pay for a data plan.
My mother had a cellphone for years that had a very simplified Internet browser that is laughable by today's standards. Out of nowhere AT&T decided to automatically add a data plan. According to them it was considered a smart phone and all smart phones require a data plan. The only way we could get them to not charge us was to disable all data or get another phone. The problem with that is that then you can no longer send picture messages.
So in your case- you cannot buy an iPhone from them or ever let them know that you own an iPhone. If you get your iPhone from somewhere else, turn off cellular data and never turn it back on. You can only use it for phone calls and text messages. When on wifi, you can send pictures by email or iMessage.

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No. I disconnected my iphone years ago, and I still use it like an ipod touch. Not a damn thing they can do about it. :) but if you want a new phone and to continue service, they will require you to have a contract. Not much you can do about it.

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@adawg16: Yes. But getting an absolute basic cell phone that can ONLY call people do not need a data plan.

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They are capable of disabling it, but unless your phone was grandfathered in, they will not do it. I talked with an AT&T stupidvisor about this for a good 30 minutes a few days ago. So essentially if you want a smart phone, but no data plan, AT&T is not the network for you. I do know however that T-Mobile will allow you to put a smart phone on their network and will even disable data on the sim card if you request it. I'll likely be going to T-Mobile this spring.

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@woadwarrior: Are you sure you'll be going to Tmobile and not AT&T? last I checked, AT&T was buying Tmobile, and although the courts are trying to throw monkey wrenches into the whole thing, they're apparently still trying to plow forward with the sale.

Edit: nevermind, looks like it may be dead in the water.