Originally Posted by Zuriel
So I save $5 out of $30 for less than half the amount of usage? Why can't they charge us less than half the price?? i.e. $12....now that would be a deal! It's the principle that ATT can charge much less than they are...that's why everyone should be pissed off about.
So 2 GB is 1/2 of unlimited? If you can't even get the math right, why should anyone listen to you?
Originally Posted by Zuriel
ATT is doing a preemptive strike on its users....once the tech (iphone 4th gen) requires more usage (video chatting, multi tasking, NETFLIX!!) they will offer higher GB at higher prices....I can see a future "unlimited" ATT plan running for $40.
No, AT&T is doing a preemptive strike on the pigs who are clogging the network with their data demands - a very, very tiny percentage of users.
Originally Posted by cmf2
In Canada I pay $30 a month for 6 GB of data and have free tethering. Tethering isn't an additional service provided when the data plan is already capped, the iPhone does all the work..
That's nice. OTOH, you could live in Europe and pay much more than the new AT&T rates. In case no one ever explained it to you, countries are different and your experience in Canada has no meaning for US customers.
Originally Posted by desarc
i use my iPhone ALL THE TIME.
let me repeat that, ALL THE TIME.
i just checked and last month i used 146 megs of 3G data.
[i'm on wifi at work, at home, at all of my friends / family homes]
and now my wife can get an iphone - she didn't like the idea of paying $30 a month when all she wants is an iPod and phone all in one - occasionally using google maps.
My situation is about the same. I just checked - my iPhone is 23 months old (new one this month, I hope!) and has 133 MB upload and 2.6 GB download over that entire period.
Of course, I'm careful to use WiFi when it's available, but mostly for speed reasons rather than cost.
I'm in the same boat - my daughter wants my old iPhone when I upgrade, but I didn't want to spend the money on the data plan. With the new, lower cost plans, it might make sense.
Originally Posted by Tulkas
That's what I find distasteful about these plans. If you have a cap, why also put restrictions on how you can use the data? My analogy would be you have paid for a dessert at Dairy Queen, you get a single cone for a price. But if you want to share it with your son you have to pay an additional 80%. You don't get any more ice cream but you get to share it.
That's one of the most strained analogies I've ever seen. Hint: cell phone data plans are not Dairy Queen ice cream.
Originally Posted by Stevie
Agreed. A buddy of mine just got a Palm Pre Plus on Verizon. He can make a free WiFi Hot Spot with his phone and tether several devices at once. For free.
Not worth it. I wouldn't use a Palm Pre if they paid me. But if you're willing to use a crappy phone to save a couple of bucks, go ahead.
Originally Posted by pmz
I'm not sure you
understand how this works. For 3 straight years AT&T has only offered and required Unlimited data, for 20, then $30/mon. This was prohibitive to many potential customers. What AT&T wants is more subscribers
, not more dollars per user. The $15 option is supposed to lure the person who wants an iPhone, but isn't a power user. It's a good idea, but I do not think it's aggressive enough. Maybe not 200 mb, but at least 50 or 100 mb should be FREE.
You're on the right track. I think I may sign my daughter up for a low usage plan (as explained above) but never would have with the old plan.
Originally Posted by AppDev
Exactly. These new plans won't work for heavy data users.
They also just gave their competition an excellent marketing advantage.
Sure. "If you're a heavy porn downloader who spends 12 hours per day downloading porn, we'll give you a cheaper plan. Meanwhile, the rest of our customers will suffer because you're clogging up our pipelines".
Sounds like a great promotion.