- 06-02-2010, 09:57 AM #26
- 06-02-2010, 10:06 AM #27
- 06-02-2010, 10:12 AM #28
- 06-02-2010, 10:20 AM #29
What I find funny is why even bother offering the 200MB plan? if you go over you pay another $15 for 200MB so for $30 the same you would have paid for unlimited and less than the $25 you would have paid for 2GB you just got 400MB?? not even half a GB that math does not compute. If you know your usage and once you hit your limit you would not be able to use data until the next month it kinda makes a bit of sense. I guess that's just me
- 06-02-2010, 10:46 AM #30
- 06-02-2010, 10:53 AM #31
- 06-02-2010, 10:54 AM #32
Data is not really my problem, voice is. $25- for 2G suits me fine. I have rarely exceeded 1G and my usage on the iPhone is going down as my usage on the iPad goes up. When tethering kicks in, I will drop data on the iPad and use the iPhone to connect the iPad, as I do now with my Verizon Mifi. [I have data on the iPad only because one day I could not register on WiFi and Verizon was slow. That's right, in lower Manhattan, at least on that day, AT&T beat hell out of Verizon.]
My problem is with voice. 450 minutes, without A-list, is not near enough, and 900 with A-List is way too much.
- 06-02-2010, 10:56 AM #33
- 06-02-2010, 10:57 AM #34
- 06-02-2010, 11:01 AM #35
I think that being able to change plans without resetting your contract is a big deal. I think that e-mail notices as one approaches one's max usage is also a big deal.
While AT&T has shut down accounts that were running up hundreds of dollars in data roaming charges, they have often sand-bagged.
- 06-02-2010, 11:06 AM #36
With an unlimited data plan, paying for tethering makes sense. You will use more data, and since you aren't paying extra for that data, you pay extra for the option to use it in that fashion.
But with a limited data plan, tethering should be free. I get 2GB - period. Why does AT&T care if I use that 2GB streaming video, sending email, or tethering to my computer?
Yes, I know it is just so they can make more money...but still.
- 06-02-2010, 11:06 AM #37
Those who follow this forum know that I have been a consistent critic of AT&T's pricing and business practices. It is funny to find myself being one of the few to defend this change. I find this change very un-AT&T-like. It is far less defensive, more consistent with real use, and far more consumer tolerant, not to say, friendly.
- 06-02-2010, 11:21 AM #38
As I said on the TiPb blog post, 2 out of 3 AT&T reps said the iPad 3G plan is NOT changing. They were unmoved by quotes from website articles that do not link to direct AT&T webpage content confirmation. I could find not such corroboration (but, to be fair, I couldn't find it regarding ANY change in their 3G plans for iPhones, even).
Unless I am missing something, even the article in the first post of this thread lacks a link to the AT&T site or even to the source of the article the op reprinted in it's entirety.
This is some sorry *** journalism, communication, or whatever you want to call it. If I am missing something, feel free to call me on it, but I have combed th TiPb, PC World, and Mac Rumors sites in search of an AT&T link but I came up with nothing but a series of links to their own articles (or NO links) that only spoke to the past, not the rumored changes.
AT&T's not much better, though, because I have received conflicting information from their reps on multiple occasions, including this one. He'll, they even told me they had nothing to do with the iPad and that I should call Apple.
No one should have to go through all this to find out if they are being screwed over. (And yes, even those of us who are "grandfathered" are being screwed over if we can't cancel our plans and then retrieve exactly as described at the time the device launched.)
- 06-02-2010, 11:26 AM #39
I think that this is a defensive move on AT&T's part. They are trying to protect the revenue from the broadband cards that they have been pushing so hard for the last few years. In my case, it is Verizon that loses revenue when I start to tether. However, for many customers, it will be AT&T that loses.
This is just one more case of punish the iPhone users. AT&T loves the iPhone subscribers but hates their use.
Last edited by whmurray; 06-02-2010 at 11:55 AM.
- 06-02-2010, 11:45 AM #41
- 06-02-2010, 11:46 AM #42
I like the new plans .. My wife doesn't come close to 200 megs so I get to save $15 on her plan, I use my iPhone all the time, always stream pandora on my way to work every day (30 min drive) and never come close to 2 gigs ... So I can save $5 there ... Now when the new iPhone comes out we can give my wives 3G to the daughter and I can give my wife my 3GS and not pay anymore than what we are paying now .. And my daughter get's a iPhone! Very cool if you ask me.
- 06-02-2010, 11:46 AM #43
- 06-02-2010, 11:51 AM #44
- 06-02-2010, 12:05 PM #45
- 06-02-2010, 12:05 PM #46
- 06-02-2010, 12:07 PM #47
I just spoke to a 4th rep who said that he'd heard nothing about the rate change, but after putting me on hold, he said that it is true and thAt it applies to iPad users. He knew nothing of the grandfathering or the rest, from what I could tell.
While on the phine with him, the previous rep called me back to say that after consulting with more managers, she has confirmed that the change is coming and will apply to iPad users.
I told them both that this is the kind of thing that is likely to keep me from buying Apple or AT&T products in the future. I think some kind of organized boycott is in-order.
- 06-02-2010, 12:10 PM #48
- 06-02-2010, 12:10 PM #49
- 06-02-2010, 12:11 PM #50
The only competitive functionality would be like PDANet on a broken iPhone or on a Palm Pre, or a MiFi. These look to the tethered device just like any wireless access point and can serve more than one device at a time.