ATT has actually been doing this for several years. The only way around it I've found is using an unlocked phone. I have an unlocked Samsung Focus I gave my daughter, and they didn't add a data plan to it. If you use a phone that is still ATT locked and branded, they'll definitely get ya.
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We are actually finding a lot of problems with apple devices in the corporate environment, I imagine its even worse in schools.
I'm currently trying to sort out why Apple's recommended course for action for buying software for employees to use is to buy a code to give to the employee to redeem in their PERSONAL iTunes acct. So if the employee leaves, the software does too.
Straight up, Apple is moving farther and farther away from being functional in corporate/enterprise/educational environments, yet because they are trendy everyone wants them, and it is causing huge headaches for everyone.
It really sounds like a Kindle or a Nook would be awesome for you. I recommended a Kindle to my dad because he's been a voracious reader all his life, but his eyesight has been giving him more trouble over the years. With the e-readers, you change the font type and size to make it easier to read, and it's been fantastic for him. If you haven't already, go to Best Buy or something and play with one and see if it might help for you.
Sure works for movies too, bought Hunger Games blu-ray this weekend cause Amazon gave me an On-Demand version as well so I could watch it that way before it shipped. Normally the digital version is 15 bucks, the blu-ray was 20 with digital bundled. Got me to spend money I probably wouldn't have if I had to choose between them.