Can You Buy A Verizon Galaxy Tab Without A Data Plan? Not online. UPDATE – Not in store either.

I chatted with a sales rep from Verizon after noticing that I could not order a Galaxy Tab from their website without a $20-35 data plan. This frustrated me because I was sure that a data plan was not required since the Tab is sold off contact. I was told by the rep that I was required to add a data plan in order to purchase the device online, but local stores likely will sell one without a data plan of any kind. Full conversation after the break.

Please hold for a Verizon Wireless sales representative to assist you with your order. Thank you for your patience.
A Verizon Wireless online pre-sales specialist has joined the chat. You are now chatting with [Verizon]
Kyle: Can I purchase the Galaxy Tab without a data plan?
[Verizon]: Hello. Thank you for visiting our chat service. May I help you with your order today?
Kyle: Can I purchase the Galaxy Tab without a data plan?
[Verizon]: Let me check this for you.
[Verizon]: In order to purchase the Tablet online you would have to also get a plan.
Kyle: So I could buy it in a store without one then?
[Verizon]: We do have a plan that is only $20 for 1 GB.
[Verizon]: I am sorry but I do not have access to in store polices and prices. The are usually different the what we offer here online.
Kyle: Ok thank you
[Verizon]: To be sure of this you can check with your local Verizon store.

I do plan on inquiring further at a local Verizon store to see if you can snake one of these bad boys out without having to hand over $20 extra for 1GB of data that you don’t need.

Update: I called a local store and received a flat out no. The associate told me I had to pay for the first month, but could cancel after that. Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab, where art thou?

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  • steve

    keep us posted, i'd like to know the same thing

    • Kyle

      Got a no from the store I called. :(

  • John

    You don't need to purchase this from any wireless network. You may just need to get the unlock version of the same device on GSM. you may as well use rooting to share connectivity with your cell phone.

  • Alyssagualtieri

    I bought my tab, as soon as I got it canceled the data package and made it an add a line for 9.99 a month. 

    • Luvreatta

      Please explain exactly how you did that? Did you buy the GT online with a data package and did you activate it? Was the GT added to an existing phone plan you already had with Verizon?
      Thanks!