This is not NEW We have been "discussing" this topic for about a week already. Personally, I think it's Terrible.
I know many people, myself included with my SPARE phone, who have smart phones without any data at all. I don't want or need it. It really irks me that AT&T will FORCE it upon me.
As for blocking Data, I think most people don't know you can. I didn't even know it until about a year into my contract.....
Mom and Crockett...... I miss you both!