I'm curious if I can bypass paying a provider for their data package, by using a WiFi connection in a cafe, for example. Or is it that I have to have this data pack to enable a WiFi connection on my phone?
I just want to occasionally use a phone to search the web. Thanks for any help.
You don't need a data plan for the phone to function. But many service providers will not activate a smartphone as a phone even without a data plan. So you'll basically have a handheld wifi web browser.
iPod Touch will act as a decent wifi only device. Or any of the Android tablets.