Your Take on AT&T's Pricing Shift

By  |  Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

AT&T announced this morning that it’s moving away from unlimited data on smartphones. I’m mainly concerned about the implications once 4G is here. Engadget’s Chris Ziegler is guardedly upbeat. Jeff Jarvis is nothing less than outraged, at least when it comes to the iPad.

And here’s a silly little poll for you to take:



2 Comments For This Post

  1. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    The 2GB cap is insulting, especially to long-term users who suffered through very, very limited unlimited data while AT&T built out their network. To bring in a 5GB cap is one thing, but 2? A user who is using 3-4GB a month is not being a pig, they are an engaged user you will keep signing up again and again. Someone who leads other people to get a smartphone by showing them Pandora or something.

    And $20 for tethering when you’re drawing from the same 2GB pool of data is a crime. That’s $240 per year just to expose the switch in iPhone settings and enable you to use more and buy more data. It is free on Rogers in Canada because they add no data.

    I am grandfathered in on iPhone for a year and iPad for 2, which gets me into 4G when there will be competition between AT&T and Verizon since Verizon is standardizing. If you asked me yesterday I would have told you I would likely stay with AT&T but now they have totally lost my loyalty. If they had capped at 5GB with $10/GB overage and free tethering I would have been fine with that, but 2GB is just insulting. It’s not even the money, it’s the insult. It’s like a coffee shop canceling the bottomless cup of coffee and instead of replacing it with a single refill they bring you a half a cup for the same price. It’s like I get that some were drinking 10 cups but we still need to get a cup of coffee!

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