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Re: Verizon Business - LTE?
From: Joel Jaeggli <joelja () bogus com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 15:44:40 -0700

On Aug 16, 2011, at 9:40 AM, Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:

On Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:53:24 EDT, Christopher Morrow said:

anyway, they do these donkey things because they can :( people have no
real option (except not to play the game, ala war games).

My brother recently tried to get a smartphone without a data plan (as the
phone he wanted was also Wifi-capable, and he was *quite* willing to be able
to do data-type stuff only when in range of an access point because he's in
range of one 95% of the time he'd want to use data features).  But at least
one vendor said they wouldn't activate a phone under those conditions.

Anybody got a good pairing of Android-based smartphone and vendor willing
to play that game?

Buy a stand-alone device.

Plug your t-mobile sim into it. 

The subsidy on a nominally $600 phone is predicated on you spending $80 or so a month on service. last lightly used 
nexus one I ebayed was ~$200, you can accumulate a whole stable of them for what you'd otherwise pay the carrier for 
the privledge.

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