AT&T cuts $10 text messaging plan for new customers

By Shawn Knight · 17 replies
Aug 18, 2011
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  1. AT&T’s $10 text messaging plan will soon follow the company’s unlimited data plan to the grave. Engadget received an anonymous tip that the company was nixing their 1,000 message bundle,…

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  2. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    I think they could lose a lot of customers for this. I get 250 messages for $5 on Verizion. ATT wants to charge the same for 25 or make customers pay $20.
  3. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    Wow, AT&T must really hate their customers. Are they actively trying to lose all subscribers?
  4. AT&T sucks!!!!!
  5. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    And an AT&T customer would stay with them...why?

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    They really suck' now...
    good thing when i upgraded my phone i signed a new contract, but, i did not sign my real name.
    meaning contract is null and void, thank you Bugs Bunny..
    so looks like i am changing phone companies, soon....

  7. I stay because my plan is still good, i probably wouldn't if i had to actually pay these prices (i'm 30 bux unlimited)
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,747   +3,712

    I guess they figure the $10 bucks will cover their loses.

    Do we even still have a government?
  9. Verizon will follow. Just like they did with their data plan. When you only have two service providers to pick from you will pay top dollar for a technology that has been in use for 20+ years. And on a side note the governments in power will scan all your email, texts and more for subversiveness.
  10. Verizon's unlimited text messaging plan is $20, not sure how that's any different from AT&T:

    I am moving to US soon and right now in Canada with Rogers I get:

    350 Daytime minutes
    1st Incoming minute free
    400 Incoming daytime minutes
    Free unlimited calling after 6pm weekdays, unlimited calling weekends
    Unlimited texting
    Caller ID
    Total: $35 before taxes.

    450 Daytime minutes
    No incoming minutes
    Free unlimited calling after 9pm, unlimited calling weekends
    Unlimited texting
    Total: $59.99 before taxes

    ??? What am I missing here? Are US's plans THIS expensive? Or do I need to play hardball with the service rep?
  11. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I don't get the logic... that iMessage prograsm is not going to be the problem... it is already the growing number of messaging services that are free that do SMS... sure it is on the iPhone and other smart phones. They should not be charging so much for the stupid SMS when there are no significan options. You cannot block people from texting you, which includes junk texts. And they still have the nerve to charge for incoming text and at the same rate as out going. It is the craziest thing ever, and I have already told my contacts that I'm dropping my already ovber priced unlimited text plan. Text is data... I have a data plan... why am I being milked? Well my tits are soar... yes I'm talking to all the telecoms. To bad the customers don't stick together on this...
  12. petert

    petert TS Addict Posts: 220   +64

    Guest at 10:44 PM - you're not missing anything - US residents are ripped of. It is not only Canada but there are also third world country companies that provide much cheaper services with none the limits AT&T sets for its US customer. If I am not mistaken, the AT&T company offers cheaper services and with little limitations somewhere in the Central Europe.
  13. What the hell are "incoming minutes"? You get charged for someone calling you? Talk about getting spitroasted!
  14. Don't compare US cell providers with others around the world... the system is not necessarily the same.

    In parts of Southeast Asia, you pay top dollars for the phone/technology but their plans are ridiculously cheap. Why? because they don't have subsidies for the phones. The new smartphones cost $500+. This also creates a healthy used cell phone market and pushes for new phones and new technology faster. In the end though, their system is better, you pay more for your phone but you make it because your cell phone plans are that much cheaper... and you are not locked in for 2 years, giving you the choice to change cell carriers.
  15. I would use a friggin phone box before I got locked into a 2 year contract with any phone company. These guys are really taking the piss now. I bet the phone is still only guaranteed for a year too.
  16. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Yay, look at how much fun we're going to have with only two major providers!

    They don't, but every place they escape to gets gobbled back up by the death star.
  17. jafo818

    jafo818 TS Rookie

    This change primarily affects individuals or couples who don't text a lot. The family plan at $30 is attractive for 3 or more people, even if they don't text much. But for individuals or couples who text occasionally, this is a major ripoff.
  18. AT&T sucks!!!!!

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