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Fallacious assumption: you assume that just because I choose to have my data ported to my ipad that I will use more data - wrong. You also assume (perhaps not) that it costs more to tether (it doesn't, and only uses a bit more battery life from the tethering device, so I'm told). I use MyWi tethering exclusively to get weather nexrad images just before flights. I can get the same weather updates on my iphone4 that I do on my ipad2, but it is more convenient to use the ipad, due to the larger display. On those occasional times when I want it to display on the ipad, why should I pay more than I do on the iphone for data that is merely re-routed from the iphone to the ipad? Now, if I was downloading movies or a data hog on the larger format device (a valid point), it would make sense, and that supposedly is why ATT and Verizon want separate contracts on each device.

However, ATT does not provide a pay-as-you-go option for tethering. It is a capped monthly plan that is too expensive for the occasional user like myself, and too expensive for the intensive data downloader, who would easily exceed the plan limits, so its only reason for being it to extract as much money from as many folks as possible). Really...who is nickel and diming here.

It is really no trouble to jailbreak your phone and use MyWi (the only reason I need to jailbreak it), so why criticize those who do it for a legitimate reason, primarly based on principal and convenience. Don't get me started on how ATT has tried to screw us over time and time again over the years. No contest here, I have spent many hours on the phone getting fraudulent charges reversed from ATT over the years to shed a tear over my inconsequential tethering.

I'm not making any assumptions about what you do with tethering. OTOH, I can tell you with high probability that the overall data usage across all users is going to be higher as you add devices to a plan which, in aggragate, is happening when tethering is enabled. Short of a true pay-per-megabyte plan (there have been huge outcries in this forum over such an idea), I can tell you AT&T isn't going to make you or anyone else a custom plan.

Most important, you identified the major reason why this unlimited tethering in a plan would raise rates.... people are much more likely to watch data-intense movies on an iPad as opposed to an iPhone. Ultimately, more data costs more.
post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by Bagman View Post

Fallacious assumption: you assume that just because I choose to have my data ported to my ipad that I will use more data - wrong. You also assume (perhaps not) that it costs more to tether (it doesn't, and only uses a bit more battery life from the tethering device, so I'm told). I use MyWi tethering exclusively to get weather nexrad images just before flights.


I can feel your blood pressure rising so I don't want to get you even more upset but I think there is a direct correlation between the amount of data that is used and the type of device using it. For example most people would not enjoy watching feature length movies on an iPhone however a tethered iPad or notebook might be quite pleasant to view the movie on. Therefore, AT&T has verified that indeed tethered devices tend to use more data. Another example is that finger input is clumsy on the tiny screen of a phone so users aren't likely to use it for prolonged periods. Quite the contrary for larger, faster devices, they will typically use much more data because it is easier to do. I'm not saying these examples match your browsing style but it is true for the majority of AT&T customers.

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post #43 of 45
Sprint can allow Unlimited Plans....they keep losing customers each month...plenty of capacity over there.
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Unlimited for $99pm? What?
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Unlimited for $99pm? What?

I'm confused at why you're confused.

Unlimited [insert content type here] for ninety-nine dollars per month.

Normally you'd see it written "$99/month" or just written out as "$99 per month", but whatever; pretending to be able to use a time suffix as an acronym works, too.

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