Originally Posted by mountaingrub
These aren't knee-jerk reactions TenoBell. People put up with AT$T's garbage phone service so that they can get one positive thing, and that is unlimited data. Stop being an apologist. As someone who has spent tens of thousands or more on Apple products and media since the late 80's this sure does piss me off. I don't believe Apple thinks they can jerk around their customers like this. And yeah I do use way more than 2GB a month, I am sure of that, I download tons of stuff over 3G. It is bad enough that they are charging for tethering when it was free at one point in previous firmware, now they are tacking on all types of different fees, and of course this won't help with the multitude of dropped calls. Go ahead and defend Apple and ATT - you are alone on this one.
If you are a current customer, as you claim, you are not affected, You can still have your "unlimited" plan, as many pointed out -- if the others understood the AT&T announcement correctly. However, as also pointed out by a number of posters, they welcome the changes because most of them either belong to th 65% who wno use less than 200MB or the 98% who use less than 2GB
Many of the current iPhone users,, as posted, and as voiced by TenoBell would save money.
Personally, while I very much like the iPhone, until carriers would offer plans like the one offered for the iPad -- enroll when needed -- I have decided not to buy an iPhone, from the very beginning. I do not like paying high fixed rates monthly -- $65 for phone usage, then another $30 for data plan and now another $20 for tethering. That is a total of $1380 a year or $2760 every two years, plus taxes and fees.
I can I stick with my cheap, no frills Sprint phone, which I have as a long term customer for $30 per month plus fees -- which would cost me about $360 per year or $720 every two years.
From the potental savings alone between the current charges for an AT&T plan and my Sprint, I could buy each year a high end iPad 3G, or almost a basic MacBook Pro, definitely a MacBook or iMac, a Mac mini server; or buy a variety of them over time. Since most of my Mac devices last for years (my 1998 iMac and 2003 iBook are still working), I could instead re-allocate such potential savings to other whims -- maybe buy a higher end Nikon to replace my old D200 or buy those expensive F2.8 lenses that I covet, splurge more on those trips I used to do, etc.
I could then use the iPad for better internet viewing, reading, etc. than be content with a puny phone screen. I could do most of these though at home (see below) since I need more reliable high speed internet connection. Buy the iPad 3G plan when really out of town for trips.
These potential savings (or not spending them to begin with) and how I could re-allocate such unspent funds for other prioties are the reason why I never bought an iPhone, no matter how I like it.
There is no reason to spend a total of $1380 a year or $2760 every two years, plus taxes and fees, if one can find alternative solutions, simply by rescheduling how and when certain activities get done. For example, unless you are really a salesperson or have needs that are time-critical, is there really a reason to check your email every minute? My perspective is that if something is really very important, the other person would call me, or I would call them.
Obviously, what I stated is not applicable to everyone.
The Sprint plan is for 420 minutes day time, unlimited evenings after six PM and anytime weekends. [I happen to call or receive calls mostly abroad or West Coast and other time zones in the US, so the unlimited after 6 pm and anytime weekends come in handy.]
I am a high bandwidth user myself because I transfer photos and optimize them in bulk using my optimizer website over the internet. I also like to download Creative Commons Flickr images or from other sources. I also transfer a lot of files, download programs, articles, PDF versions, etc. I need reliable connections for this, so any internet connection that drops so often would not work, So, they are done usually where I have reliable connection -- at home or office.
I do not monitor exactly how many bandwidth I use each month, but it is a lot, considering that my Nikon camera storage is 8 GB and 4 GB. When I get carried away, sometimes I fill both of them in one outing.