At&t Pulls The Plug On Its Unlimited Data Plans
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:03 AM
.....Anyway it's not my problem (yet) because I have an unlimited Verizon plan. Good luck to all my i friends out there
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:05 AM
200mb is a lot less than 2gb.
1gb = 1024 mb..
Not sure how this makes any sense in relation to my comment. If you have their 200MB per month plan and go over they are going to charge you by the MB. On the 2GB plan they will charge you $10 for ever GB that you go over. Like everything else 90% of their customers will be confused about this so they'll head to a store where the rep will convince them that they only need the 200MB/month plan. Let the overage charges begin. Plus I am a CS major so I know how many MBs are in a GB. Point is if you truly need the 2GB plan odds are you're already using more than 2GB. It sounds like a lot but when you watch videos, surf the web, and send emails with large attachments (think 3GS videos) it adds up fast. As the data calculator on their site points out, just 50 minutes of streaming video per day, alone, will easily exceed 2GB. That's probably excessive for the average user but if you're tethering and downloading large files it's an easy target. For customers with no other means of high speed internet access (my parents included) tethering is a must. Unfortunately your access to fast internet is now being hampered by AT&T's ridiculous new data usage plans.
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:07 AM
I was actually looking into finally getting a smartphone, I couldn't decide if I should get the new apple 4g, or go with an android phone of some sort, thanks for making my choice a little easier there AT&T
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:12 AM
Control freaks on both ends of the deal - Jobs/Apple controlling all aspects of the hardware, software and apps....AT&T hammering you from the other end with monopolistic rates and plans The arrogance of these two is just astounding!
Android just keeps looking better and better!
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:16 AM
I am very upset with AT&T.
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:18 AM
I have a Nexus One on T-mobile, and the Froyo update gives me both USB tethering and WiFi hotspot capability at no extra charge. My unlimited data plan costs a little more per month than AT&T's, but I can use my phone for anything I want. Including watching Flash video.
I am positive that I would have loved the iPhone. But the two A's just never got their act together on it, and it always seemed like their contract was very much stacked against me, so I never bothered to buy an iPhone. It's Android for me from here on out.
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:25 AM
You should be upset and only the most cultish of Apple fanboy will spin this ripoff as something good. The people who just purchased the iPad 3Gs with the happy promises of unlimited data plan are now finding out that Jobs & AT&T have essentially lied through their teeth. Mass returns, class action lawsuits, FTC, you name it.
Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:38 AM
I might switch over if I don't get 3G soon, but I hate the idea of not being able to get unlimited back.
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 05:52 AM
Note: I am including wifi as whenever possible I try to use wifi. Its not that fast but it is faster and usually more consistent than 3G data.
3G data - ranges from 0.3gb to 2.4gb
WiFi data - ranges from 0.7gb to 3.1gb
This means my average monthly data download ranges from 1.0gb to 5.5gb
If I add tethering to that... ouch!
I also looked at my sons use - he has a Samsung Propel - and his use entails almost all 3G as he is always on the go. He is also a fairly big You Tube viewer.
3G data - 0.2gb to 1.4gb
Based on my usage, and can only see it increasing as the devices bcome more sophisticated and then next gen networks roll out, I forsee a serious data issue.
This will nake me think long and hard on my options and likely push me away from upgrading or adding new devices to my account.
And at the time when ATT and others are supposedly upgrading their networks to allow greater data access and speeds.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!
And where is the "you are about to exceed your limit" notices?
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Posted 02 June 2010 - 06:32 AM
For anyone that would actually like to READ what ATT themselves have to say, here is a link to the new data plan explanations on their facebook page
Posted 02 June 2010 - 06:38 AM
I think when verizon gets hold of the iPhone, I give them a year (or less) before they cap service, or increase prices, or both. The iPhone, and now other smartphones, are now capable of clogging the towers, so when you take on too many subscribers, this is what happens. By the way, the 5gb limits hit once tethering takes effect.
This has nothing to do with greed. It has to do with supply and demand. It is a competitive. Caveat emptier, all mobile companies eventually have a catch. Always read the fine print, and most importantly, be willing to live with it, whether you read it or not.
This post has been edited by JoelTomaneng: 02 June 2010 - 06:46 AM