Well AT&T, what do you have to say for yourself?
For those of you just tuning in, AT&T has announced their new tiered data plans just in time for the new iPhone. Other carriers have talked about it (Verizon) but AT&T was the first one brave enough to do it.
The new plans seem to cater to the mass of AT&T customers that don’t use their data quite that much and don’t want to pay as much for 200 MB as a person using 2GB. (Descriptions after the break)
These plans (effective June 7th) are as follows: DataPlus has a 200MB cap for $15 a month and 7.5 cents for extra MBs – DataPro has a 2GB cap for $25 a month and 1.25 cents for extra MBs – DataPro + Tethering has a 2GB cap and for $45 a month and 2.25 cents for extra MBs. If you look at the numbers it does seem that AT&T is making you pay more for less. AT&T also says that if you go over your 200MB you can upgrade to the 2GB plan without any trouble and if you go over your 2GB you’ll get another 1GB for $10 for every 1GB you go over. If you are smarter than AT&T seems to think you are that means that for the same 5GB of data you are getting right now you would be paying $55.
Not only are the new prices a little bit of a snag but AT&T is also charging you more based on how you use your data($20 more just to tether)
There are some rays of sunshine on this dark day. If you are already an AT&T customer then DON’T CHANGE YOUR DATA PLAN. By keeping your data plan the same you will be grandfathered in and you can stick it to AT&T every chance you get.
It seems (me having a blackberry) that this is good news for RIM due to the fact that their phones use less data than other smartphones on the market, however, this could ruin the iPad on AT&T. My opinion is that AT&T wanted to keep the exclusivity on the iPhone and apple said no. Then, just to spite, AT&T decided to make money in any way they could while their main cash cow jumped the fence.
Being geeks, what do all of you think? Will you stay with AT&T and a grandfathered plan then stick it to them or will you jump ship and go to a better (or at least more open) network. Verizon might be following suite with AT&T if they hold to their current plan (will they if they get the iPhone) so our choices are Sprint or T-Mobile. I, for one, am exploring my options on other networks but will be using as much of AT&T’s data as I can until I switch.
So that being said, I reiterate; what do you have to say for yourself AT&T?