There's been a lot of news about all the recent plan changes. While many AT&T cell phones are beginning to require some sort of data plan in addition to a calling plan, there are still quite a few feature rich cell phones that don't. This is great news especially if you're someone who really just wants to make calls and have a few extra features like a music player or decent digital camera. For example, two feature rich AT&T cell phones that don't require a data plan are the Sony Ericsson C905a, which has a built-in 8.1-megapixel Sony CyberShot digital camera (if you plan on snapping a ton of pics and sending them to friends you might consider a messaging plan, but it's not needed) and the Sony Ericsson w518a, which has a built-in MP3 player a good choice for people who like to bring along a cell phone and MP3 player on long workouts.
The other two AT&T cell phones that stand out to me are the LG Shine II and the Motorola Krzr, which are both stylish compact cell phones that are ideal for people who just want a phone that makes a call. Want a cell phone without a required data plan, but not interested in any of those models, here are a few more from which to choose:
The Samsung Zeal does not require a data plan and does have a QWERTY keyboard.
Many of us would like a nice phone but can't justify the data plan. When will the phone companies understand this? Or are they all run by teenagers who play all day.
Does the sharp fx STX-2 have to have a data plan.
I love Sony Ericsson phones....except for one major flaw, their connector. Their connector for the headset simply is not good. It is two little plastic prongs that wedge into holes to hold the electrical contacts together. It is a very poor design. This may be a non-issue to some, but for someone who listens to audio books it is a very big deal, especially when you have gone through several headsets because the connector simply wears out and no longer makes a good connection. I had my eye on the C905a for a long time, but it still has that same type of connector which is the sole reason i won't be buying it. Personally my second choice would be either an LG or Samsung. If I were going Smartphone, definitely Samsung, but LG seems to make great stylish non-smart phones with lots of features. So until data becomes affordable or AT&T introduces shared family data, I simply won't be spending the extra $30 a month per smartphone.