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I just picked up my new shift from and so far I love it. I had a tough time getting cell data service set up with out signing a contract so I thought I would share my experiences obtaining service w/o selling your soul for two years.

I think it is ridiculous to be required to sign a two year contract for a service without some sort of subsidized equipment. But, that's exactly what AT&T and T-Mobile will claim is necessary if you call their phone sales line. T-mobile will, however, be happy to set you up with a "pay us you go" plan and then add an unlimited data package for 19.99 a month with no contract. You will have to go to the store, but that's completely worth it. I found this out on my own, but it has been discussed in other boards and I haven't seen it here yet.

Apparently there is a similar trick that works on AT&T, which others might like better because T-Mobile's new 3g network isn't compatible with the Shift and you are stuck in EDGE. I will say however that T-Mobile's EDGE network on my shift has been much faster then AT&T's 3G service on my iphone. I also like T-Mobile's customer service better, although neither are great.

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You don't have to sign up for a contract with AT&T if you don't purchase a device when you get your SIM - I've done this several times (and in some cases killed the account after a few months with no penalty)
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I have pay as you go with att for data, cost $20 per 30 days. I live in Canada and travel to US every 6 weeks, the pay as you go is a good deal, get the $100 card, good for 365 days

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