You can if you don't activate it. I'm not sure that's what you mean, though.
So, if you buy it and activate it as a smartphone with Verizon, you WILL have to get the data package with it. If you buy it and just intend to use it as a smart device, like an iPod Touch or something like that, then that would be ok to use with WiFi wherever you can get it.
I hope that helps/answers your question.
that's what I needed to know, thanks!