Starting September 6th, AT&T will require smartphone data plans

Starting September 6th, AT&T will require smartphone data plans
In order to make sure that AT&T smartphone users have a similarly priced bill every month with no surprises, the carrier is requiring that anyone purchasing a new smartphone on or after September 6th, must also spring for a smartphone data plan. Those who bought such a device prior to the 6th and currently owns a non-smartphone data plan will be grandfathered in and will not have to update their service plan. On the other hand, if you currently use a featurephone with a data plan and you upgrade to a smartphone on or after September 6th, you will not be able to keep your current MediaNet plan. This total package of rules applies to those who purchased their smartphone from AT&T or an authorized dealer. A copy of an internal e-mail sent to reps can be viewed at the source link. And let's face it, a vast majority of those who buy a smartphone do sign up for a smartphone data plan, so you should not be able to notice any changes.

source: BGR

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17 Comments

1. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

not really im a rep and many people dont and does cause alot of overage

2. guitarguy0124

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2008

not to mention your an idiot if you try and get a smart phone without data. that's the whole point of a smart phone.

3. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

dude no, didnt you know that a cell phone is a status thing now? I have people who come in ALL the time saying that they NEED a blackberry Storm or Tour. When I tell them about the required data plan they reply with "Well, I dont need the internet or email. Cant I just get the phone?" >.< If you dont need those two key features, then this phone isnt for you........ Glad to see AT&T do this....less of a headache for their reps......I was soooooo happy with VZW did this a couple of years ago.....

4. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

You'll for sure notice a difference. I have talked to T-Mobile corporate rep.'s that didn't have the internet on their blackberries. How lame is that?

5. chack_fu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2009

It's like buying a tralier in a mobile home park telling people you bought a house!! I laugh at people that want a blackberry and dont "plan" on using the service.

6. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

Or its like leasing a car. You want to have that nice car so bad even though you cant truly afford it...so you lease. HAHA

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

technically, vzw didnt require all phones to do that until nov of last year :)

7. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 2009

it will make at&t data arpu rise.

8. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I don't see why anybody would be against this. After all, wouldn't you get a smartphone for the Internet and email? If not, then get a dumbphone instead of a smartphone. Nobody should be mad at AT&T for requiring this.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they are late to the party. i dont understand why every company doesnt require it by now. u must like paying more in overages or just want to be "cool" to your friends by having a smartphone though you have no need.

11. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

good for att! i hate it when people try to do this wtf do u want the phone for if your not gonna use the features. and im always amazed how many people try to do it especially with a wifi enabled phone "oh ill just use the wifi if i need to go online or something" what do u live in the stock room of a starbucks...numbnuts

12. blue

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Lot of simple mindedness in here. I don't know why everyone seems to be in favor of taking away options from the consumer. Whether it's something people should have or not, forcing them into a contractual obligation vs letting them decide seems like a bad thing to me. It's great that all of you have no problem paying the extra money to have internet and email all the time. I (and I'm not the only one) on the other hand don't have the money to allow me to have that. What I want is a phone that will also function as a PDA and allow me to use and develop applications for it. @insider I don't know what backwards hick town you live in but here in a developed city there is in fact wifi everywhere.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Then maybe you shouldn't have a smartphone if you're not going to use it for Internet and email. Seriously, smartphones are meant for business people anyway.

14. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Wow, blue....you must live in a HUGE starbucks stock room then since in the developed city I live in, there isnt wifi access everywhere. In the few places I can pull wifi, its locked down with a password.

15. blue

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

A) Smartphones are not meant for just business people. Some are designed more specifically for business oriented people like blackberrys, but I think you're sorely confused if you think mobile applications, A/V, and internet/email are only being used by suits. B)You're neglecting all the other features smartphones are capable of. Phones aren't running GHz processors for internet and email. C)I don't know why you think starbucks is the only place with wifi but again I live in a REAL developed area, the sticks don't count just because you don't live in the swamps. And passwords are hardly a problem. It's discouraging to hear this kind of crap from readers here because I would assume they'd have a better understanding of technologies and how they can be used. Further that they would want as many options as possible to use that technology. Sounds like a bunch of lazy cell phones sales people in here.

16. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Better to have a data plan just in case. They're like only $30 at the most and if you can't afford a regular plan, plus a data plan, then maybe you shouldn't have a smartphone at all. Cause really, regular phones can do what most smartphones can, but they just don't use the Windows Mobile OS and the other smartphone OSes.

17. dbb10001

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

I wanted to respond by simply saying that for those people who are tired of constantly being overcharged by cell companies via surcharges and gimmicks, there can be relief. I work for the consumer advocacy division of the company Validas, where we electronically audit and subsequently reduce the average cell bill by 22 percent through our website,http://www.fixmycellbill.com. Put simply, Validas guards against frivolous and unnecessary charges that inflate your cell bill more than it should be for your usage. You can find out for free if fixmycellbill.com can modify your plan to better suit your needs by going to the website. For more info, check out Validas in the media, most recently on Fox News athttp://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/consumer/conlaw/lower_cell_phone_bills_072409 . Good luck to everyone reading on cutting your wireless costs. Dylan Consumer Advocacy, fixmycellbill.com

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