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WiFi on mobile device instead of data pack

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March 7, 2012 1:28:32 PM

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.
March 8, 2012 4:23:40 PM

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.
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March 8, 2012 6:55:11 PM

thankyou so much. I'm getting a little more knowledge about these gadgets now :)  hmmm... an iPod touch or a tablet is probably what I need.. thanks again!
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March 8, 2012 8:39:04 PM

p_spaz said:
thankyou so much. I'm getting a little more knowledge about these gadgets now :)  hmmm... an iPod touch or a tablet is probably what I need.. thanks again!


You're welcome, take a look at this http://www.archos.com/products/ta/index.html?country=us... the lower models will be just like a smartphone size, and I think they are around $100-200 which is about what an iPod Touch would be, or a phone. This is pretty nice https://store.archos.com/archos-internet-tablet-p-5028.... although at 7" may be a bit too bulky to carry as a phone, but a great size for use without feeling like you are looking at a peephole.
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