AT&T Puts a Stake in the Heart of Unlimited iPhone Data, Tethering Announced

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Sacrifice

Face it, if everyone in the world was lining up around the block, opening their wallets and saying "Here, take whatever you want", would YOU change anything for the betterment of those customers? The small decrease in monthly plan pricing is a slap in the face. How much data do you think it's going to cost to send this new HD video in the iPhone 4? And then you add this iAd stuff. How much extra data is involved in that? Oh yeah, let's not forget the FaceTime video calls. Data, Data, Data. Download a file from my computer at home, change it, and send it back? Pay for it both ways, buddy.

I will give AT&T one kudo: they've done a BRILLIANT job of sugar-coating this for the masses.

The deal between AT&T and Apple is a prime example of why this should be illegal. The concepts introduced by Apple through the iPhone and iPad are leading society into the next chapter of how the human brain interacts with the digital realm. They are also the best available examples of those concepts. It makes them "special". It makes them "desirable". AT&T then turns them into "status symbols". Why do they feel the need to keep the average Joe from affording to take part in the "revolution" that Apple has provided to the world?

The way that AT&T is conducting themselves is not only hurting the "Have Nots", but is quietly supported by, even though being irrelevant to, the "Haves".

But the ultimate irony is that it's doing nothing more than hurting the HUMAN RACE'S EVOLUTION.

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xzanthan

I have been in love with apple for years. Now they have forgot me as well as others as they get into bed with AT&T. Slave labor from apple,prison labor for AT&T and they still want to rip off there customers? I'm finished enough is enough.

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Rohardi

if you upgrade to the new Iphone, You WILL keep your current unlimited plan.

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jiubreyn

Just don't ask to switch your data plan because once you do, that's it! There is no going back.

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nicole0406

If we upgrade to the new, upcoming iPhone 4th generation, will we be allowed to keep our $30 unlimited plans?

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nicole0406

Does this apply to iPad data plans as well?
Or are unlimited data plans still going to be available for any of us who have yet to buy an iPad?

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nicole0406

Does this apply to iPad data plans as well?
Or are unlimited data plans still going to be available for any of us who have yet to buy an iPad?

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jiubreyn

Yes, this data plan will affect both iPhone and iPad owners.

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oharamj@mac.com

Big Brother announces new ratioining to support our glorious victories in the telecom wars.

1. Before tossed down the memory hole:
"Unlimited data" (let's say 5 GB @ $30) = $0.006 / MB
One year of 5 GB / month = $360

2. Under Big Brother's new version of events:

2a. "Cheapo" plan ($15 per 200 MB) = $0.075 / MB
One year of 5 GB / month = $4,500

2b. "Pro" plan ($25 for 2 GB + $10 / added GB) = $0.011 / MB
One year of 5 GB / month = $660

So, if I switch plans to 2b, my data costs double.

PLUS, then add in tethering!!!

2a is simply unbelievable.

Q - If I upgrade to a 4G will I be able to stay on my current "unlimited" plan?

Verizon looks better all the time.

BTW, took an hour to post this via my iPhone 3G because of sub-edge service and four dropped connections.

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seano1

What is you want to upgrade from an old iPhone to a new one this summer. Will they make you get a new data plan?

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jiubreyn

From my understanding of the terms and conditions as described by Engadget, existing AT&T iPhone owners who are on the unlimited data plan may continue using this plan, however, if they want to use tethering will be required to switch to the $15 or $25 data plan.

So if you don't make any changes to your bill, you should be fine. If you want to change your data plan, you do not have the option to switch back to $30/month.

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ilikeimac

Data point: I'm on day 28 of this 31-day billing cycle and I've used 553.89 MB of data according to AT&T, and I hardly ever watch video on my phone, especially not when its on 3G.

Feels like a rip off to pay per-megabyte (or GB) and then have to pay extra for the privilege of sending those bytes to a laptop instead of the phone. Unlimited data plus a tethering fee makes sense by comparison. At least it looks like I can drop $5 off my bill will no ill effects.

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