Data-only SIM for smartphones?
January 26, 2010 2:36 PM Subscribe
I'm sure I'm burning this week's question for a quick "no" answer, but just in case...is there any way to get a data-only (no voice plan) SIM for smartphone use in the US?
posted by middleclasstool to technology (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got the bug in me. Work issued me a Blackberry a year ago, and I'm hooked on having wireless data in my pocket. Trouble is that my job ends Friday, so the phone goes back, and I need a new phone. Boo.
When news broke that the Nexus One was coming, there was some speculation that with the unlocked phone, one could stick a data-only SIM card in it and use VOIP for phone calls. Speaking as someone trying to operate on a miser's budget (especially given that I'll be unemployed in four days), I can't justify any current smartphone plans I'm seeing. Too much dough. But a data-only phone plus VOIP just might be doable, if it indeed can be done.
Googling, I'm not finding any solutions. Evidently AT&T's Go Phone service used to have this as a possibility, but no more. Am I missing something? Do deaf people who need to stay in touch just get screwed into paying for a voice plan? Or is there a way to make this happen?