Metered pricing is coming soon says AT&T's CEO Stephenson

Metered pricing is coming soon says AT&T's CEO Stephenson
Here we go again. It seems every few weeks, AT&T opens its mouth and verbally chastises heavy users of its data network by promising to make them pay more for service. This time, during an investor's conference, the carrier's CEO Randall Stephenson, said that AT&T will be using metered pricing in the future. The executive didn't say when any changes would be made, but he did say that those who use the network for data the most, will pay more for the service than those who use the data networks infrequently. The CEO also said that the Apple iPhone would be a important part of AT&T's lineup for "quite some time" which seems to eliminate the possibility that the exclusivity agreement between AT&T and Apple in reference to the touchscreen handset will soon expire. Stephenson also added that his firm is working hard to sure up its 3G network and he adds that HSPA will serve its role for a few years yet. "We're not in a tremendous hurry on LTE.", he says.

source: Marketwatch via Phonescoop

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30 Comments

1. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

knowing at&t you'll still be paying an arm and a leg. even for the people who barely use internet on there phone but i guess if it doesnt cost much i'll have to take a look at it because i myself hardly use my phone without it on wifi.

11. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

I used to feel sorry for ATT bandwidth, now I feel sorry for ATT customer wallets.

2. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Quote: "We're not in a tremendous hurry on LTE.", he says. ...well that sucks if you're an iPhone user looking forward to 4G capabilities to escape the unreliable 3G wonderland that AT&T can sometimes be.

3. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

..or maybe the iPhone is just an unreliable 3G phone, kinda like the Nexus One..

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

There is no tremendous rush. LTE phones won't be available until 2011 or 2012. Should AT&T rush out the network just so that you, the consumer, can simply have an internet dongle? I don't care about LTE until there are handsets made for the network. Until then, I've got cable internet at home...

10. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Now they really need to improve their 3G. Looks like VZW is going to dominate the next generation also.

4. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

seeing how they didn't mention any examples of pricing, I won't hate... The only way I think this would bode well w/ consumers is if they keep the $30 add on for unlimited use, and then different teirs below that. Ex: $30 Unlimited, $20 500MB-1GB, $15 for 250MB...

12. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Wishful thinking Artz.

5. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

hmm, I wonder what exactly qualifies you as a heavy data user. I guess monthly use more than 10gbs per month. Anybody have an idea on "reasonable"?

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I know when I went to training on the LaptopConnect cards, they said an average user for the internet cards is 2GB a month.

13. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

10GB? ATT isnt that generous.

7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

You know, I think that would be fine as long as they lower my data plan for not using much of their 3G network. Although I am almost glued to my iPhone, most places I use my iPhone, I have Wifi. Over the month, I use maybe 250MB on the network. Can my data plan be $10 for that? $5? While we are there...can we get rid of calling plans? Make calling $.07 a minute...I mean since we are tiering based on usage, I don't use my phone as much. About 80 minutes a month. So they can stop charging me for 450 any time minutes a month that I don't use...

18. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

hahah i get your point but keep dreaming..and you fall into a very few category your not the majority of i phone or phone users.. so i would say if you dont want to use the data and your mins get a basic phone on their lowest calling plan and buy an ipod touch. just a suggestion...

19. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Trust me...I know. It was all sarcasm...I just think if you are going to charge heavy users more, you should charge lite users less...especially if they are following your instructions of using Wifi when available. But that would be the right thing to do...

9. scottmbolt unregistered

All I have to say is ... Gay-T&T.

25. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

...you're a riot, thanks for stopping by, feel free to pick up a life on your way out.

27. scottmbolt unregistered

You're probably one of the brainwashed zombies who will end up paying extra for his "great AT&T 3G coverage". You would probably get on your knees for Luke Wilson if you could.

30. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

I'm actually a VZW customer, have been all my life, don't plan on changing anytime soon. So suck on that.

14. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Luke Wilson is going to have a lot of trouble explaining this on TV while remaining "funny and cool!"

16. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

funny and cool? Most people have no idea who luke wilson is... hes more like corny, and a tool!!

17. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

haha

23. scottmbolt unregistered

LMFAO! Exactly... what is that total douche bag going to say about this? Having that total tool as a spokes person makes me hate AT&T and Apple even more! AT&T FTL!

15. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

"Apple iPhone would be a important part of AT&T's lineup for "quite some time" which seems to eliminate the possibility that the exclusivity agreement between AT&T and Apple in reference to the touchscreen handset will soon expire." All that means is ATT is going to keep selling the iPhone. Of course it is going to be an important part of their lineup. It IS their lineup. Just because ATT will lose exclusivity and other carriers will offer the phone doesn't mean ATT will stop selling the phone. Apple isn't going to go exclusive with another carrier after ATT. Have they don't that anywhere else? I don't think they have. Maybe I'm wrong, but regardless. They aren't going to just drop ATT. It just means multiple carriers will offer the handset. Damn, it's not that complicated.

22. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

finally someone with common sense!!! +50

20. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

well, guess there won't be a iphone 4g in the next year. Att will really be behind now. By the time they have a decent 3g network in place, verizon and sprint will have a popular lte network. 2011 will be a bad year for att

21. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

I think Apple is going to release an OS upgrade this summer to 4.0 and then sometime in 2011 (possibly something new for them, release the next iPhone around Christmas 2010 or early 2011) release the iPhone 4g that runs on LTE. It doesn't make sense for Apple to release a new phone this year that isn't LTE capable and then next year release another phone that is. I'm sure it would anger a lot of iPhone customers as well. And if they want to stick with ATT (which I doubt) and release an LTE iPhone in 2012 or 2013 that would be silly. LTE will be out running this year on other networks and a lot more in 2011. Why would Apple wait so long to bring out LTE?

24. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Metered data is ridiculous. . .I will switch carriers!!!

26. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

how is it ridiculous?

28. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

Please say it ain't so. I hope it is a smoke screen (No rush for LTE that is) If metered data is going to in fact come into play, I want a further reduction in my voice plan or like JeffDaBeat said, eliminate the plans and go $.07 /minute. I can't tell you how many rollover minutes I waste...

29. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/posttech/2010/01/chat_with_verizon_wireless_cto.html this is a link to an article from the washington post where they are talking to verizon's CTO Dick Lynch, they plan to do the same thing to their "network hogs" as well. So it's not just an AT&T thing it.

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