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Weekend Open Forum: Fair price for unlimited wireless data?

By Jos
Jan 4, 2013
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  1. My provider is Vodafone Egypt and I pay 8.5$ per month to get 1.5 Gigabytes with 7.2 mbps internet speed and when I finish the 1.5 Gigabytes up my internet speed turns to be 64 kbps and that is really slow sometimes it takes 60 seconds to open The Google
     
  2. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Booster Posts: 283   +40

    Erm, I pay £15 a month for unlimited texts and data, speed is crap but I barely use the internet, I think it's capped at 1GB/month.
     
  3. Must be nice to be stuffed with cash!!
     
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +389

    This is one of the saddest yet funniest things I have read in a long time. its so true.
     
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,524   +324

    I Managed to get a decent deal recently in the UK:

    T-Mobile (EE, Orange) is doing a deal called "The Full Monty" Which is:

    iPhone 4s 16GB for £70

    Unlimited calls to anyone on the same network or 2000 Minutes to any other network
    Unlimited Texts
    Unlimited data (up to 8GB full speed, after then half speed)

    All this for £26 a month. Pretty good to be honest compared to what the normal prices are here.

    If you purchase this from EE itself its almost £50 a month!
     
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Once upon a time, I went out to get an unlimited data plan for my smartphone, but on my way, I stopped to have some cappuccino and during that 'more saner' moment decided that I'm better off paying 10$ a month for a 2GB* plan + 15$ month for postpaid line rent, giving me about 5K+ free minutes ........ :).

    * Basically need to have the ability to send/receive my work emails.
     
  7. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 850   +11

    I go through Cellular One currently and pay $37 ish a month for 300 daytime / 1000 Night & weekend starting @ 6pm, and unlimited txt. My plan is an old one I signed up for back in Oct of 2005 and have never changed. I was fairly happy with them until about a year ago when my Razr (yes the old original one) started acting up. It still had a warranty on it so I sent it in on the manufactures warranty, and it came back just as screwed up. It came back right as my warranty expired so they wont let me warranty repair it a second now.....
    Customer service was absolutely no help. They basically said I am SOL.
    So I gimp it along for the remaining year on my contract and now I am shopping around for a new cell provider - thinking of doing the Straight Talk / Net10 $85/mo for 2 phones "unlimited" everything plan for me and my wife.
    I really don't need unlimited talk or text, I don't use them a whole lot, but it seems "unlimited" is the new base plan :p

    Sadly because I live in a rural area I have crap for cell options. I notice a lot of these "new" cell providers run off the Sprint/Nextel network.....of which the closest tower is over a state away.
    So I have the option of the semi-local Cellular One, Verizon, or Alltel .... or Straight Talk which runs off of Verizon's towers in this area.

    As for what I think is fair - somewhere in the area of $45 - $55 /mo, for the final bill (includes all fees and taxes) and true unlimited EVERYTHING.
     
  8. ntoren

    ntoren TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Switched to Republic Wireless and my wife and I both pay around $23/month for unlimited data, calling and texting. Sick of VZ so we dumped them and haven't looked back! So glad to be away from the big companies who don't care about customer service. I know I sound like an advertisement but I deal with Verizon at work for the office phones and any billing issue is handled by a third party that is completely inept. I have come to loathe the whole organization. Granted my Republic Wireless phone is not as fast or fancy as some phones but is totally fine for me and my middle-of-the-road needs. If I watched a lot of video while out and about or if I needed space on the phone for a ton of apps it wouldn't be ideal. But since that's not the case for either of us, $46/month is a welcome price for two phones' service.
     
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,254   +1,550

    The only reason you had access to unlimited in the past was so that the cellphone companies could hook you into wanting more later. Cellphone carriers knew if they raised the celling to unlimited, some would increase their usage and eventually that would become a normality. A normality that they could eventually charge for. This normality is now a reality and cellphone companies are more than happy to be charging for it. I know everyone here has heard the term nothing is for free. With unlimited there is a usage point (regardless of contract prices) where the company starts to loose money. Companies don't like to loose money, so I believe you will never see unlimited again unless they want to increase usage statistics.
     


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