Damn... check this news out. Verizon, as of Nov. 14, is now making ANY newly-activated smartphone require a data plan:
Oh, and it gets worse. They're also hitting up full-featured phones, those that have an HTML browser built in, to require at least the $15 / month V-cast data plan (new activations only).
Here's another story on it: http://gizmodo.com/5086655/more-information-on-verizons-alleged-mandatory-data-plan
Wow...this is pretty terrible. Now I'm not sure what to do about re-upping my phone. I was leaning toward that new Samsung Saga with it's Wi-Fi capability, but now even that will cost me an additional $29.99 a month for a data plan.
Now I'm seriously thinking about switching carriers, although at the moment I'm not sure what I'll do.