AT&T standing firm on current pricing of data plans

AT&T standing firm on current pricing of data plans
We've heard rumors prior to the unveiling of the iPhone 3G S that AT&T was considering lowering the price of data plans. The case is not so anymore, seeing that AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said that there are no plans to alter the company's data prices when the iPhone 3G S goes on sale next Friday. Such a bummer for all during tough economic times, but the reason is heavily justified. AT&T is already heavily subsidizing the cost of the phone while iPhone users are among the highest in terms of data consumption. Even with all the new software features coming out, like MMS and tethering, it will strain AT&T's network to its highest. And lowering the cost of the data plan by $10 won't alleviate the burden it already has – most likely increase it. It's not saying that AT&T is greedy and not thinking about their customers. Instead they are investing a lot of money into upgrading their network to double the speed of it. One scenario to come to light is the possibility of having tiered pricing plans – customers using the data network more than others would be expected to pay more. Additionally, customers that sparingly use it won't be charged as much. It might not be the finalized solution, but at least it's a reasonable starting point.

via mocoNews

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5 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i somewhat agree. if you don't use much internet or email, you shouldn't really be paying the full data plan.

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

what kind of differance does it make to att that money goes right to apple so I bet that was a joint decision

3. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

AtT and Apple have a contract, so there has to be some kind of split in profits...

4. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Why is everyone hating on AT&T for making the data plan required for the iPhone?? The data plan is required on all those bogo blackberrys that VZW has been selling. T-Mobile required data for the G1 and just made the data plan a requirement for all smart phones, except the pearl flip. As consumers we should be taking on all companies (At&t, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) for making these requirements especially for light users. Vote with your dollars! Id sell a lot more smartphones if there was break data on family plans with smartphones or if there was a lighter plan like for a broadband card. Live within your means and get a device that fits all your needs. . .there are great alternatives to the iPhone!

5. Sufcc

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 28, 2008

RIM runs your Blackery Internet Service for email, which is part of the agreement in data plans and they get some of that money. I do agree there should be say...for $100 you can get a blackberry or smartphone without data activated. There are a lot of people that want the phone for all of its features other than having constant internet connection and instant email. Games, the appointment are a world of differenence to nonsmartphones, along with the ability to sync with your computer (tho the more tech savvy know to use Bitpim for nonsmartphone access). But that is probably the minority and they do not wish to open up that access. Or think that to many consumers are buying iPhones because of the cool factor and it is what is "In" at the moment, they can make them pay more montly for the phone they really want, but features they will rarely use.

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