Originally Posted by anantksundaram
I realize one can't believe everything one reads on the internetz, but this post from the NYT Bits Blog (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) caught my attention:----
March 12th, 2010
Nick W -
I have it in writing from AT&T that they will NOT be charging an activation fee to turn on 3G. I'm not a big AT&T fan, but I think they did a very good job with the pricing model on this 3G service, i.e. no contract, no activation fee.
Now, if we could just get tethering for our iPhones...
That's excellent. The ability to casually toggle 3G access month to month for as little as $15 makes the 3G model much more appealing, in my opinion.
The buy-in for the hardware is a little steep, but having the capacity there in no-hassle form is huge.
Compare that to Verizon's recently adopted policy of charging a mandatory $10 monthly data fee for "multimedia phones", including some basic clamshells such as the LG VX8360.
So for just a little more than I would pay for the privilege using a phone only slightly more sophisticated than the average dumbphone, I can have ubiquitous data access on my iPad--but with no commitment. There actually are some upsides to the exclusive AT&T deal.