My friend got a Blackberry Curve from Sprint (without data plan) which I didn't know was possible.
Yeah it can be done but doesn't mean it's a good idea. Anybody who's even remotely familiar with these devices would know without a data plan it's, well...just a phone. Nowadays the amount of information and services available at your fingertips is astounding, and BlackBerries are at their very best when used as such. I realize it's your friend and not you but perhaps you should encourage him to try out a data plan for a bit, I'm sure he'd be surprised to see his new BB come alive.
Some have tried to circumvent data by trying to go through Mobile Browser plans meant for regular phones. Make sure your carrier doesn't charge pay-per-use data charges when they detect your friend is using a BlackBerry for data purposes with no data plan. Otherwise, your friend could end up with a nasty phone bill.
Aside from that, having a BB without data isn't really a bad thing. I had that with my old 7290. It makes a great organizer and texting powerhouse.
That's why I don't mind what Verizon does: forces you to get a data plan if you get a BB. I DO mind that they lock the GPS, but that's another story. They have the best coverage and CS and everyone I know uses Verizon (and free mobile-to-mobile) so I make do.
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