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Chinese or Offbrand Android Phone on at&t and Data plan.

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http://forum.xda-developers.com – If I get a cheap Chinese Android phone, say a Galaxy clone, will AT&T force me into a data plan like it does with American Android phones? I understand it has to do with AT&T recognizing the IMEI and forcing data plans for IMEIs of known smartphones. Will AT&T recognize the IMEI of a Chinese knock-off handset as a smartphone and require a data plan? Also does anyone have any recommendations for Chinese Android phone that supports LTE? (I have another line with data plan I want to get a good Chinese phone for) (HowTos)