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

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Apr 2011, 09:13

Previously, customers picking up feature phones or 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...

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posted on 12 Apr 2011, 09:34

1. tmoney83 (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 May 2009)

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

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 10:04 1

2. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 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...

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 10:21 1

3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 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.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 12:18 1

5. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 19:57 2

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.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 10:32 3

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

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 12:20 4

6. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 13:07

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 15:01

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

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

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 17:59

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.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 19:16

10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 05 Nov 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.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 20:25

12. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 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.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 20:25

13. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 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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