AT&T says adios to its data & messaging requirement for its quick messaging devices

AT&T says adios to its data & messaging requirement for its quick messaging devices
Remember the days when you could pick up any of AT&T’s QWERTY based phones and simply walk out stores without having to add any specific data or messaging add-ons to your plan?

Well, the good times are apparently here once again seeing that we can all rejoice now that AT&T has killed off its stringent requirements on messaging devices. Previously, customers picking up "quick messaging" devices were required to add on data or texting plans that amounted to $20 per month. However, they’ve suddenly out of the blue changed their stance and no longer require customers to do this anymore.

Definitely a nice change of heart, this move will naturally be seen by customers as a wonderful thing. Rather than having to pick up some sort of chintzy basic flip handset, you can once again feast your eyes on some messaging phone without the worry of any additional plan changes.

source: AT&T via Mobileburn

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13 Comments

1. tmoney83

Posts: 37; Member since: May 08, 2009

so its pay per use. then the bill will look like what or for the people that dont text maybe

2. Androidluv

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

I thought the requirement was ridiculous. Why would you force people to have a text and data plan when all they want is a good phone? The other phones that were not smartphones were very poor quality and were just plain ugly and the reasonable ones that did not have the requirement usually had the $50 MIR. Glad to see that they woke up or whatever it was that happened...

3. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

This is great for ATT. When I first bought my ipone I didnt want the data plan because I would never use it. Almost every where I went I had access to WiFi. Even now I turn off the 3g and data services on the phone.

5. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

You do know that this is just for QMDs right? Smartphones still have the data requirement.

11. andrewdreams unregistered

why would you want an iphone if you arent going to use the data feature? isnt that kinda what an iphone is for? arent all smart phones just so you can use the internet more efficiently? why not just get like a samsung solstice, its an all touch phone but with no data requirement.

4. box unregistered

This is old news. They got rid of that requirement some time ago. It essentially allows folks who don't want to utilize the phone's capbilities to have the device without paying for something they won't use, and also gives the ability to customize the account setup based on usage, i.e. raising or lowering data/texting packages as needed

6. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I think I like phone arena because of their phone reviews, because they are so slow when it comes to news.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Agree with everyones points- I had a feature phone (or messaging, or dumb phone, or whatever they all called this month) for a long time, and while I was happy with the data plans before I moved on, the number of people that wanted a phone like I had (Motorola Karma, Pantech Impact, few others) but didn't want the data plan as they were strickly texters/phone users were customers AT&T missed out on. Smart to release that requirement as more and more data users just move to smartphones. As for Phone Arena, they always are a little late in news and updates, ain't they? But decent phone reviews, and I enjoy and learn a ton from the comments of the postings in response to the articles, so I keep coming back.

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

this is old news, sprint music plus is old news, virtually everything they report is old news.

9. Rick unregistered

"However, they’ve suddenly out of the blue changed their stance and no longer require customers to do this anymore." suddenly out of the blue over a month ago. you've got your finger on the pulse, guys.

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I could understand At&t getting rid of the data requirements for messaging phones, but messaging requirements as well? I guess they want the phones to appeal to more people than those who just use the phones for messaging. I would also assume that the option for data and messaging is still available, but not required.

12. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Technically the requirement was for "messaging and data" and the services had to total at least $20. And this was before they changed the messaging/data structure for dumb phones. So you could do the following: Messaging Unlimited - $20 Data Unlinted - $15 and Messaging 200 $5 Messaging and Data Unlimited - $30 and so on.

13. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Ugh, I remember when Verizon required that stupid $9.99 data plan for multimedia phones that only gave you 25 MB. But they never required any messaging plans.

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