Our AT&T source just sent me an email about a new requirement that will be going into effect September 6th. The first few lines read :
Starting 9/6/09 all new activations, upgrades and equipment swaps (moving SIM cards between a non-Smartphone and a Smartphone) will now require the customer add the $30 PDA/BlackBerry Connect Data Feature attached to that line.
So after the 6th of September if you plan on switching over to AT&T and think you can use a wifi enabled device and not have to pay for a data plan, you may want to reconsider this. I know there are a lot of you guys out there who are already doing this but you guys don't need to worry because you are grandfathered in.
Smartphones activated/upgraded PRIOR to 9/6/09 that do not have the appropriate Smartphone data plan will be grandfathered and not required to add the $30 feature for as long as they continue using that device.
AT&T will perform monthly sweeps of each account who shows having a smartphone. If your account does not show you have a data plan (if purchased after 9/6) then they will automatically put the data plan on your account.
Also, starting 11/1, you can not remove a data plan unless you switch your phone to a non smartphone.