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I have a Nexus 4 and a T-Mobile SIM card. I do not have a data plan currently. Before I put in the sim card, I could browse the internet when I was within wifi range of a known network.

Now that I have inserted the SIM card, whenever I try to access the internet, even within range of a wifi network, I am prompted to purchase a data plan from T-Mobile.

Short of buying a data plan or removing my SIM card whenever I want to use wifi, what are my options to connect to the internet?

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Won't the phone let you turn on wifi when the sim card is inserted? It should automatically connect to any known network then. –  jlordo Jan 10 '13 at 16:12
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Try turning off Mobile Data and only having WiFi on? Seems odd that it won't connect to WiFi though, it should do this by default and use the mobile data as a fall back. –  Peanut Jan 10 '13 at 16:13
    
Found out the real issue was that I was having trouble associating with the wifi access point (so it was defaulting to wifi, failing, and then going to data as its backup). Turning wifi off and back on fixed the problem. –  Raven Dreamer Jan 10 '13 at 20:57

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