Looking for a keyboard phone with no internet access

I am looking for a basic phone with a keyboard for my kid in middle school. I would like to get one WITHOUT internet access (data or wifi). Does anyone have any recommendations? Kyocera Milano, Rumor2, Samsung Tansform perhaps, but I assume those all can access the internet?

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  • With Ting, you can turn off Internet data access to any individual phone. I doubt you will find a keyboard phone today without Wi-Fi access unless it has a broken Wi-Fi radio.

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  • Is there a way I could connect it to a computer, browse the phones files, and rename the browser executable?

    I also see apps which can disable wifi, but I assume they could simply be uninstalled.

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  • You would likely need to develop (or "cook") your own ROM for the phone

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  • I suspect Bruce is correct and you will not be able to find a keyboard phone without Wi-Fi.  There are parental control apps available that require passwords.  Not sure how easily they could be circumvented by smart kids.  As Bruce said, you can definitely disable mobile data at the account level and you can monitor the data usage usage on the phone from the account level which would give you a heads up if any Wi-Fi block you set up had been circumvented.  One issue with turning off mobile data is that the phone will be unable to send or receive picture mail or group texts (MMS).  You might visit the XDA Developers site and inquire there about phones you are interested in as to how to block internet use while still allowing MMS texting.  These are the guys that create custom Roms and hacks for various phones.  Here's the link  - http://forum.xda-developers.com/

    DC

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  • I haven't tried it, but XDA also has some ROM frameworks called "ROM Kitchens" that let you "cook" or customize a ROM. You likely need to select a specific model of phone before you could try that, though.

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  • The Samsung Seek is a slider keyboard phone with no Wi-Fi, and you can use the dashboard to disable data. I can guarantee it to work as I used that model to try out Ting before my S III left Sprint.

    If you want to load a few games on there, you can format a MicroSD card with the FAT file system and put the JAD and JAR files for the apps in the APPS folder of the card, and you can then put the card in the phone. Under Fun > My Stuff > APPS, you'll see the JAD files for the games, and it'll install without using data.

    Here's an eBay link -- it seems to be about $20-30. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=samsung+m350

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  • Thanks the Samsung Seek looks promising. I haven't found a nice mint one yet, but I am looking. I am also looking at the Motorola Admiral, which has a tiny keyboard at the bottom. Some of the listings for this say it does not have a Sim card. Do I need to purchase one of these to activate from Ting? If so, where is the easiest place to get one?

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  • I think the Motorola Admiral was a PTT phone. It may not be on the BYOD whitelist. Sprint does not generally allow PTT phones for BYOD. Palm devices cannot come either.

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  • The Admiral is also on the whitelist. It doesn't appear to be a Push-to-Talk and it has Android Gingerbread. However, it does have Wi-Fi, so there's that issue.

    The Seek and Admiral do not need SIM cards. They come from a time when Sprint didn't use them... they use them now only because 4G LTE uses them. But you can get them in the Ting shop. They've changed it in the last few weeks since I got my phone -- you put in your model and it'll direct you to the right page.

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  • Sorry,

    I guess I misremembered. Old age can do that.

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  • I am selling a Ting phone with a keyboard and no data.  Works great on Ting!

     

    https://help.ting.com/entries/98487273-Sanyo-PLS-2700-Juno-Black-Phone-clean-ESN-Perfect-for-Ting-Used-15

     

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  • It won't work. It's a GSM phone, which works on the T-Mobile network. Given that this is a Sprint MVNO... it kinda won't work at all. So that at least solves the data problem! :)

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  • .< Silly Bing. It found the Nokia 2700 instead! Disregard that last message.

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  • It looks like my phone before my Seek, so it should work on Ting. The only problem I see is that it is the PLS-2700, not the SCP-2700 listed on the whitelist. However the post implies it'll activate.

    The phone is inferior to the Seek in that it can't receive media messages. But if you don't want to use data at all (MMS uses the data plan), that should be fine. Your son just wouldn't be able to send and receive group text messages, which use MMS.

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  • Let me know.  We had it on Ting for about 6 months and it worked great!  Normal txt messages worked and calls. We just switched to a different phone about two weeks ago.  If you have any trouble activating it I will give a full refund.

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  • It should activate, especially with you previously activating it here. I just didn't notice that Bing found information on a phone of a completely different manufacturer, so I based that message on information on the Nokia 2700.

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  • Thanks everyone. I ended up getting a new Motorola Admiral from Ebay for around $30. I blocked the MAC address in my router config, so I can control when he is on the net at home.

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