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AshlynM's avatar

What does 'enable data service' mean on a cell phone?

Asked by AshlynM (6657 points ) July 9th, 2011

I already have an unlimited data plan in place.

Why is it asking me to enable data service? I have the option of canceling or enabling.

I just got this phone a few days ago and it’s already been activated and I can use it just fine.

Has anyone else experienced this?

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jaytkay's avatar

Without data service, you are limited to phone calls and text messaging.

Data service is needed for web browsing, maps, email, etc.

Maybe you are paying for it but it is not activated?

patg7590's avatar

The phone doesn’t inherently know that you have a data plan. Others with that phone may not. The option you are bing presented with would be useful if you were charged per usage or were in another country and trying to avoid overage charges. If you have an unlimited data plan than just enable it.

silky1's avatar

If you want to use web services you have to enable the data plan which means activate it.

AshlynM's avatar

Nevermind, I think I inadvertently turned data services off, which was why it was asking me to enable. Thanks!

perspicacious's avatar

You are authorizing charges that will appear on your bill. Reject it and call your service provider to block further requests.

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