1. Xbox526's Avatar
    In January 2007, Cingular Wireless announced plans to change their name to AT&T Mobility, bringing back into prominence a name that had been around since 1885. That same month, Apple announced the planned release of the first iPhone. When the handset arrived that June, AT&T became the exclusive carrier for the device in the United States, a distinction that continued for nearly four years.

    During the interim, as Apple reinvented the smartphone market, AT&T raked in the dollars.*Then something strange happened: The carrier began biting the hand that fed them.

    AT&T versus Apple

    After being on friendly terms with Apple, AT&Ts focus seemed to switch.

    First, AT&T initially said no to Apples new hotspot feature, which came with iOS 4.*When they finally did allow it, AT&T began charging customers an extra fee. Plus, by adding hotspot, customers were told that they would have to give up their unlimited data plans, which were eliminated for new customers in 2010.

    To date, AT&T still doesnt support hotspot on an iPad. Verizon Wireless, the nations largest cellular provider, however, does offer this feature and always has.

    Next, the Dallas company decided to stop offering limited (and less expensive) SMS text packages. Instead, AT&T began offering only SMS as an *unlimited plan for a flat fee of $20.

    The reason?

    Apple introduced iMessage with iOS 5, which gave Apple customers free texting between iOS and Mac devices. AT&T made sure that they continued to make money despite Cupertinos new product. They did this by raising prices and hurting iPhone customers.

    The last strange move arose when AT&T announced plans to charge for FaceTime over cellular, a service which is set to arrive next week with iOS 6.

    To get this new feature, AT&T customers must subscribe to one of the companys newly created shared data plans, which are more expensive for some customers. As an added whack to customers, this means those with the previously mentioned unlimited data plans will have to switch to gain the FaceTime feature.

    The reason that AT&T has decided to charge extra for FaceTime is that they are convinced that the feature is an add-on. Because of this, they *have decided that they have the right to restrict use.

    Meanwhile, Verizon (and Sprint) has announced that they will offer the video-calling program on any data plan, and not for an added fee.

    Verizon: Apples New Favorite?

    Verizon has always had a far superior voice network compared to AT&T. In fact, Verizons 4G network covers 75 percent of the companys 375 markets, which is slightly more than what AT&T has to offer.

    Couple this with AT&Ts strange moves in recent years, and we may finally see Verizon become the preferred carrier for iPhone buyers. And if this happens, it would be the first time Verizon came out on top since they first received the iPhone 4 in February 2011.

    As a long-time AT&T customer, Ive become increasingly annoyed at the company that I once respected. Not only do I believe the companys latest moves are anti-consumer, but strangely they seem anti-Apple. And on this, Im *scratching my head. After all, if it hadnt been for Apple, AT&T almost certainly wouldnt have been as profitable as theyve been in recent years.

    The best thing for AT&T might be for customers to abandon them in droves, especially as the iPhone 5 begins hitting stores next week. By doing so, the company may finally realize just how stupid they have become and shift accordingly.



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    09-15-2012 11:26 AM
  2. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    TL;DR...also, quit pretending like the other sides of the fence are any better than AT&T, they're all the same dog squeeze, they all treat their customer base like we owe them something, and in the end, no amount of exodus from one carrier to another is going to amount to jack squat.
    BLiNK, Fausty82 and Premium1 like this.
    09-15-2012 11:53 AM
  3. salscott's Avatar
    Pick your poison, they all have their warts.
    09-15-2012 12:05 PM
  4. sting7k's Avatar
    In January 2007, Cingular Wireless announced plans to change their name to AT&T Mobility, bringing back into prominence a name that had been around since 1885. That same month, Apple announced the planned release of the first iPhone. When the handset arrived that June, AT&T became the exclusive carrier for the device in the United States, a distinction that continued for nearly four years.

    During the interim, as Apple reinvented the smartphone market, AT&T raked in the dollars.*Then something strange happened: The carrier began biting the hand that fed them.

    AT&T versus Apple

    After being on friendly terms with Apple, AT&Ts focus seemed to switch.

    First, AT&T initially said no to Apples new hotspot feature, which came with iOS 4.*When they finally did allow it, AT&T began charging customers an extra fee. Plus, by adding hotspot, customers were told that they would have to give up their unlimited data plans, which were eliminated for new customers in 2010.

    To date, AT&T still doesnt support hotspot on an iPad. Verizon Wireless, the nations largest cellular provider, however, does offer this feature and always has.

    Next, the Dallas company decided to stop offering limited (and less expensive) SMS text packages. Instead, AT&T began offering only SMS as an *unlimited plan for a flat fee of $20.

    The reason?

    Apple introduced iMessage with iOS 5, which gave Apple customers free texting between iOS and Mac devices. AT&T made sure that they continued to make money despite Cupertinos new product. They did this by raising prices and hurting iPhone customers.

    The last strange move arose when AT&T announced plans to charge for FaceTime over cellular, a service which is set to arrive next week with iOS 6.

    To get this new feature, AT&T customers must subscribe to one of the companys newly created shared data plans, which are more expensive for some customers. As an added whack to customers, this means those with the previously mentioned unlimited data plans will have to switch to gain the FaceTime feature.

    The reason that AT&T has decided to charge extra for FaceTime is that they are convinced that the feature is an add-on. Because of this, they *have decided that they have the right to restrict use.

    Meanwhile, Verizon (and Sprint) has announced that they will offer the video-calling program on any data plan, and not for an added fee.

    Verizon: Apples New Favorite?

    Verizon has always had a far superior voice network compared to AT&T. In fact, Verizons 4G network covers 75 percent of the companys 375 markets, which is slightly more than what AT&T has to offer.

    Couple this with AT&Ts strange moves in recent years, and we may finally see Verizon become the preferred carrier for iPhone buyers. And if this happens, it would be the first time Verizon came out on top since they first received the iPhone 4 in February 2011.

    As a long-time AT&T customer, Ive become increasingly annoyed at the company that I once respected. Not only do I believe the companys latest moves are anti-consumer, but strangely they seem anti-Apple. And on this, Im *scratching my head. After all, if it hadnt been for Apple, AT&T almost certainly wouldnt have been as profitable as theyve been in recent years.

    The best thing for AT&T might be for customers to abandon them in droves, especially as the iPhone 5 begins hitting stores next week. By doing so, the company may finally realize just how stupid they have become and shift accordingly.



    AT&T Could Face Mass Exodus Of iPhone Customers is a story by AppAdvice.com

    AppAdvice - iPhone, iPad, iPod, App Reviews + News
    Go ahead and switch. The more that switch the less jammed up the network is and more capacity for me.
    09-15-2012 01:04 PM
  5. willthetech's Avatar
    Sorry dude but all of this venting about AT&T will get you no where...I was a Cingular-sprint-Verizon back to AT&T customer and trust me they all have their issues. Now i will have the iPhone 5 on AT&T and also a Galaxy s3 on Verizon (work phone)...at the end of the day I prefer AT&T in my area just a personal preference.
    09-15-2012 04:00 PM
  6. Fausty82's Avatar
    Relax guys... this was a "drive by" trolling...
    09-15-2012 04:17 PM
  7. EvilJack's Avatar
    Relax guys... this was a "drive by" trolling....
    ...........
    09-15-2012 04:29 PM
  8. Peligro911's Avatar
    I have come to realize even thou I'm a long time Verizon user since air touch .. Every major carrier is basically doing what they want because they can and they know there is nothing really better out there that doesn't have the same or similar tactics .. Look
    Verizon is trying every way possible to kick unlimited data closing all loop hopes etc.
    Recently charging a 30 buck upgrade fee
    So all carriers no matter who you go with have pro or cons
    If you want the newest and best you will pay for it plain and simple
    09-15-2012 05:15 PM
  9. Premium1's Avatar
    Where are they going to go? Verizon? They are even worse than att I mean they don't let you keep your unlimited when upgrading. Sprint and tmo dont have the coverage att does. I am on verizon but will be switching when my contract is up. Att is *better* than verizon and will save some money for me. You have to pick your poison or the lesser of two evils.
    09-15-2012 06:36 PM
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