AT&T ready to introduce shared data plans "soon"

By Matthew ยท 6 replies
May 9, 2012
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  1. In a chat with CNET, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega all but confirmed plans to introduce a shared data package soon. It's been known for some time that...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,877   +1,297

    Oh, I'm sure ol' Ralphie is "comfortable" with any plan that slams you into that "extra $10 per gb" wall faster. AT&T knows where it can put its ludicrous pricing, its joke of a network and its never-updated(tm) phones.
  3. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Actually this might not be a bad idea for the consuming public. Im pretty sure each device will have a gig number assigned to it. Smart phones and tablets maybe get a 3 gig per device rateing so if you and your partner both have a smartphone you would get 6 gigs to share between you. Yea this will prolly screw with the super users not grandfathered in to a unlimted data package.
    A buddy of mine "accidently" went over his data limit with AT&T, by about 60 gigs. He is still paying that bill off. So maybe this wont be a bad thing.
  4. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    Judgement is reserved for when real details come but skepticism is to be deserved. I have a hard time imagining that suddenly at&t will stop the pattern of charging more for less.
  5. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Hey, I'd be happy with sharing a single 2GB plan with my wife. As it is right now, we're both capped at 200MB, and it's pretty easy to go over when using maps for an extended period of time.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    It costs pennies to transmitt data over a wirless network... Pennies .... These prices are just astronomical in price to pay... thats why I do not do it...
    I pay 40 bucks a month for 250 gig a month on the broadband cable, and if I go over that oh wow, they won't charge me ...
    Transmitting data take very very very little money.... Believe me they are so over pricing the data plans... it is a fraking joke those prices... I will never pay that, knowing truely what it costs to transmitt data... fraking phone companies...
  7. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    You're definitely over simplifying the issue. Sorry but cellular wireless isn't the same as home broadband. Home broadband is a line all to yourself. A cell tower is one internet connection routed out to thousands of devices. The issue is bandwidth and not the literal cost to transmit a signal. They don't have enough to give it out unlimited to consumers demand. If you do, the network gets congested and no one is happy with their service.

    Not to mention, your data plans aren't just for paying for the data. They're for paying off your subsidized phones. Want lower plans? Need to outlaw subsidized phones. Which I think would be good. People pay down payments on houses and cars and its kinda like a gut check. Can you really afford to buy something if you can't afford the down payment? That should be phones. If you can't spend $600 on a phone, you shouldn't be opening a cell phone contract.

    Anyway, the situation is not simple, the solution is not simple, but that still doesn't justify the way these carriers all agree to treat their customers.

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