Thanks for your answer. It does a bit lame that a company(or so the saleman would make you think) would require that.
I will say this though...Verizon wireless REQUIRES you to buy some sort of Data plan with their "smartphones". The cheapest one being a "pay as you go" where there is no montly fee, just the fact that you pay as you use the data network. Why would they require this? I asked the salesman and he sorta said the same thing...even the phones with Microsoft OS(this was a different salesman, different day) need to access their system for something. Does this seem right?