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May 11, 2012 2:27 PM Subscribe
What is the best Android phone for a cheapskate without a data plan?
posted by LiteOpera to technology (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My cheapie LG flip-phone, that has served me valiantly for several years, is dying. So is my beloved Walkman mp3 player. I think an Android phone will be sufficient to replace both. I don't want to add a data plan to my phone right now, because I would lose the sweetheart grandfathered-in plan that lets me talk relatively cheaply with my overseas fiance. I would also have to pay a contract-breaking penalty.
So, my questions:
1) If I buy an unlocked phone, will I be able to simply swap the T-mobile SIM into it and use it without a data plan, for just talking and texting?
2) Is it possible to "accidentally" use data without having a plan for it, and rack up a multi-kilodollar bill? Can I prevent this by locking down the phone somehow?
3) Barring the above scenario, will it be possible to use it as a low-rent iPod Touch without service? How? Just don't put in a SIM?
4) Will I be sorry if I cheap out and get a phone without Ice Cream Sandwich support, planned or actual?