Originally Posted by Aurchon In Canada, Rogers has issues but no where near the issues that AT&T struggles with. 6GB was unlimited when the iPhone first came out in Canada. And to +90% iPhone users that is unlimited/overkill. They then now have packages like mine where I spend $80 CND a month with my "extras" (voicemail, caller ID etc) and I have a 500MB a month data plan included. I have more than I need and if you need the 6GB or more you can pay more.
AT&T needs to start charging those who use /abuse the network accordingly and those who don't less. This will allow them to gain more revenue and continue to upgrade their network.
AT&T needs to stop getting people to make excuses for them and smarten up already. You have had iPhones for how long? Why is Canada flourishing in the iPhone market (All major carriers now can have iPhones) and AT&T is killing the US market?
Rogers had the benefit of knowing what the average data consumption was after nearly a year's usage by AT&T iPhone customers. Based on that, Rogers' first published data plan was $30 for 400 MB. Only after a some screaming did Rogers offer the 6 GB limit as part of the iPhone introduction and only in the first 3 months. It should be noted that Rogers attempted to suggest that the 400 MBs was more than sufficient, but virtually only a handful would accept their reasoning because of AT&T's unlimited offering.
As such, most countries have limited data plans and basically let you use it however you wish. Want to tether. Go for it. It comes off your data plan. Go over, pay extra. Do it too many times, update your contract. AT&T however, got hit the most. They and neither did anybody else have any idea what the iPhone was capable of doing or the effect that it would eventually have on the network. Perhaps Jobs did, but nobody, accept us fanboys, would believe him.
In Canada, Rogers' competitors realized that without GSM/3G systems they could just as well forget it. However, unlike the US, their systems were easier, if possible, to change/update, and they readily did so.
Is AT&T killing the market? Well without AT&T agreeing with Jobs, i.e., significantly upgrade their network and reduce their existing data plan charges, there would be no US market to kill.
What everybody has forgotten, was that Jobs' biggest issue with cell phones in the beginning was that they didn't work well, if at all, as a viable 'telephone. Talk about dropped calls, poor connections or no connections. It was the norm.
Back in the 80's/90's and even after the turn of the century, it was easy to tell your spouse that you couldn't call to say that you were late because of a business meeting or that unfortunately you got disconnected going under a bridge. Today, of course, she can go online and see exactly where you are. And unless the name of your meeting place is 'Under the Bridge', you best stop for roses on the way home.