AT&T's Stupid CEO.
I cannot believe that this guy opened his mouth like this. Awesome move **** off your current subscribers and make new subscribers rethink of they should sign up with Greedy *** AT&T. Maybe they are putting to much hope in the Lumia 900 that it will be there new bread winner over the iPhone cause them bashing on Apple about iMessage stealing revenue from this is suicide.
@9to5mac: AT&T CEO: iMessage disrupts our messaging revenue stream, unlimited data was a mistake http://t.co/cAb61r4d
- 05-04-2012, 06:44 PM #2
- 05-06-2012, 10:15 PM #3
I dont see why we are mad over these comments...
Is our allegiance to Apple THAT strong? The iPhone is a VERY costly device for the carriers between the prices per phone AND the iMessage platform (Which is no different than BBM when you think about it but still...). There is NO carrier that is in love with Apple. But they understand the iPhone is a very critical component to their success as the demand for it is still high. Besides...Apple is NO less greedy than AT&T or any of the other carriers for that matter. In fact, you could argue they are greedier. Yet nobody speaks on that.
- 05-07-2012, 08:30 AM #4
iMessage is stealing revenue. It's a fact. He's understandably sorry about that fact.
If you ok'd something that ate into your profits, would you be happy about it? If you admitted you were sorry would you expect people to be ugly to you?
How is he pissing anyone off by what he said? Good grief!
- 05-07-2012, 09:04 AM #5
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- 05-07-2012, 12:14 PM #8
Not sure why it was **** off customers who understand AT&T's problem.
AT&T gave customers unlimited data and then Apple brings out iMessage that you don't even need to download, but instead automatically sends over the network. That's why most messengers aren't doing as well as they should... you and the other party have to download the app. With iMessage, poof, you have it and don't even know. I have customers who have asked why some of their messages are blue and show "d", not knowing it's iMessage vs. a normal SMS.
AT&T got rid of all messaging options, except for unlimited because customers got the lowest plan for those they would sms that didn't have iMessage. Now it's all or nothing.
So no, I'm not mad at AT&T for feeling that way.
- 05-07-2012, 12:15 PM #9
I don't see the big deal. His delivery could've been better, but the fact is that AT&T is a business and needs to make money. People say spend spend spend spend on infrastructure. However they don't have a blank check. There is a thing called budgets. There is also red tape, not in my backyard idiots and I am sure a few more things. The texting plan at most is 20 bucks a month. 20 bucks. That is nothing. If you can't afford 20 bucks a month, then what are you doing with a smartphone and the high rates associated with it?
- 05-07-2012, 12:17 PM #10
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- 05-07-2012, 02:48 PM #12
I don't think a lot of people are pissed off. Just that he shouldn't have said anything about it or at least not wine about it. Basically he's saying "gee, I wish Apple hadn't done this so we could still stick it to our customers". Which is fair enough after all nobody has to buy their plans.
I would imagine some companies are upset at Microsoft for giving away 25GB of free online storage and cutting into their revenue stream as well, but I don't hear them crying.
- 05-07-2012, 03:00 PM #13
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- 05-07-2012, 09:13 PM #15
I can't say enough bad things about whiny, greedy CEO's like this who feel they are entitled to screw people out of their money. For all the talk about improving their network and "spending capitol", AT$T hasn't done either, every dead zone in so Cal that was around back when I first got an iPhone in 2008 is still there.
Even though I now have iMessage, I still pay 20 bucks a month for unlimited texting, so iMessage is really saving his crooked *** money, not the other way around. There is no reason texts shouldn't be a part of data, so really, I'm paying 50 bucks a month for 3 gigs of data, **** him, he should be sent to prison for robbing millions of people. I hope AT$T goes under because of this sickening leech.
- 05-07-2012, 09:18 PM #16
- 05-08-2012, 01:14 AM #17
You may still have an SMS plan, but there lots of others who don't any more. One of my good friends being one of them. My friend had the 1000 msg plan and now does a per pay message plan; 95% of their messages going through iMessage or some text app downloaded from the store (I forget what its called).
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- 05-08-2012, 09:14 AM #21iMore Specialist
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The last comment is so 2003 when smartphones were super expensive and only few people had them, people using flip phones today either dont care for smartphones or they're just need to make phone calls, no such thing as " high costs associated with smartphones"... I now pay 133.00 a month for two iphones ( family plan), in 2002 I used to pay 140 for two lines in sprint.
20 a month is about 262 dollars a year ( with taxes) . 262 dollars is something to me, it pays 3 months of gas, almost 3 months of electricity and so on...
It it not the price at the end, it's the principle behind increasing prices or removing texting plans to push people to unlimited messaging... I'm personally glad they're losing revenue because of iMessage..
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