AT&T to Officially Mandate Data Plans for All Smartphones
AT&T has officially confirmed that starting on September 6, any customer using a smartphone will need to subscribe to a data plan. AT&T said in a statement, "Smartphone users tend to consume a higher amount of data services, like advanced e-mail, mobile Web, applications and more. Being able to take full advantage of these features without having to worry about a fluctuating or unusually high bill generally leads to greater customer satisfaction, so effective Sept. 6, smartphone customers will need to subscribe to a data plan, as the vast majority of customers already do." This change will apply to new lines and any renewed contracts after September 6. Existing customers who already have smartphones without data plans will be able to stay with their current plan. The data plan costs $30 per month and applies to iPhone, BlackBerries, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Palm devices.
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People are just ignorant sometimes...
But why would you get a data phone with no data. it's pointless. It's like buying a porshe, but your not going to push it to 6th gear, or get an XBOX 360... but have no ha...
Forget all that, I am Ign...
It's like buying a porshe, but your not going to push it to 6th gear, or get an XBOX 360... but have no hard drive.
Your examples are flawed; If I get a Porsche, I don't have to pay an extra mon...
I think AT&T is following the CDMA carriers as of doing this.
Yup. While irritating for smartphone owners who don't want the data plan, it's AT&T's right.
But why would you get a...
More than fair:
-All data has to be blocked, or if PPU is chosen, the customer has no availability for disputing the incurred PPU charges.
-No subsidized pricing on handsets bought from carrier stores/3rd party sellers.
Of course, the outcry would be just as bad when the "I don't use data" crowd found out they had to pay full price for their handset, and then a month later, realized that they were screwed by all those nifty applications they wanted to try cost them hundreds of dollars. (Obviously wouldn't be everyone, but there would be a lot of people that did this.)
There's good reason for locking data plans. For example - I had a ne...
I agree that people buying unlocked phones from outside sources should have the choice. With the stipulations:
-All data has to be blocked, or if PPU is chosen, the customer has no availability for disputing the i
to all the wi-fi abusers out there....
You do know that on all the newer wi-fi capable smartphones, that at&t has crippled the wi-fi to only work if you have a data plan...it's something verizon has been doing for some time, and I wouldn't be suprised to see GPS crippled in the near future unless you subscribe to the navigator plan...hahaha
If you want the features, pay the money...if you want to sync your contacts and calendar, buy a RAZR and moto mobile phone tools....
i got wifi on my tilt a few months ago and i had no data plan
I wouldn't be suprised to see GPS crippled in the near future unless you subscribe to the navigator plan...hahaha
Yup, it's locked out in many AT&T phones.
What irks me, is that a cell data-based GP...
1st September 6th and Now the 13th
lol! I knew this would happen. Expect everyone else to follow suit and make this the new policy. For all those who said "You dont like it, go somewhere else", you will soon have nowhere to go. Thanks for speaking up. Peace!
what is worse
smart phones dont work with out data plans
im glad they are doing this because im sick of every gansta buying one to look cool when he knows he has no use for a blackberry or treo
you have to buy a new car with tires on it
smart phones dont work with out data plans
im glad they are doing this because im sick of every gansta buying one to look cool when he knows he has no use for a blac
smart phones dont work with out data plans
Actually, they work just fine. Even better in many cases.
without being mean
IF U DONT WANT DATA OR WANT TO PAY FOR IT, GET A DIFFERENT PHONE OTHER THAN A SMARTPHONE!
this isnt about choice. u have the choice on what phones to get but u dont control what terms and conditions u have to follow to get that phone. if the $30 is too much for u or if u think its not needed then u dont need that phone.
at&t has plenty of other phones that r just txt and call based for u to get instead and they r probly cheaper too.
if u try to say this is racist youre an idiot.
if u try to say this is unethical youre also an idiot. if u say this is at&t forcing data on u because u bought a phone designed for data youre an idiot.
sprint VZW and tmobile all do this so stfu and deal with it if u wa...
1. They want the status of having a glitzy expensive phone but do not feel the 30$ for data is worth it.
2. They want the ability to sync there calander and there address b...
Will I still have to get data?
This is complety bogus!
Seems like this is just a ploy to get more money out of its already expensive plans. Also to pay 4 the amount of data the iphone users will be using once they turn on the mms feature they are getting sued about.
It seems like att is trying to subsidies the iphone and lawsuits by putting the cost directly to the customers.
The Official You SHOULDNT Thread!
You shouldnt Buy a TV without a DVD player.
You shouldnt Buy a Car without Leather seats.
You shouldnt Buy a smartphone without Data.
You shouldnt Buy a Laptop without a Air Card.
You shouldnt Watch a Moive without Popcorn.
You shouldnt Carry a Wallet without Money.
You shouldnt Drink Coffee without Milk.
You shouldnt Read these forums without Posting.
You shouldnt . . .. ..... . . ... .. ... ..
Please add your own thoughts and continue.
Everyone thinks you Shouldnt own a smartphone without Data, so im curious, what Else do YOU! Think I (ME) or WE shouldnt do?
You shouldnt . . .. ..... . . ... .. ... ..
You shouldn't post opinions if you can't spell
You shouldn't eat pancakes at IHOP without subscribing to IHOP's "Pancake Weekly" publication, at the low, low price of only $10 a month!
You shouldn't wear sandles with socks (pet peave but not law )
You shouldnt Protest things you can Not Change.
You shouldnt Complain unless Everyone Agrees.
You shouldnt Care unless others express Care.
You shouldnt Be On T-Mobile without MyFave's.
Show your greed guys....
This will cost a lot of customer to migrate other places. alot of older people that dont care about price but care about service and freedom will pay the ETF and choose another carrier just to prove a point. sucks for AT&T.
@flipmode: On the other side of things... why own a smartphone if you have no intentions of using the full web browser? Just get a regular damn phone and save yourself the ...
Obviously there are too many kids with Iphones and fancy grown up phones and this is a great opportunity to generate revenue for AT&T.
I also understand that some adults want a smartphone or a blackbe...
Thats no different then McDonalds creating a new policy.... NOBODY Can Buy A Burger With Cheese WITHOUT French Fries as of Sept 6th. If you DO NOT want French Fries you will have to...
Here's the real deal.
Sprint's required it for a while, Verizon for about a year or so, and T-Mobile started a couple months back.
#2. What in the hell would you want a damn data phone for, unless to go on the internet. If you're one of the stupid sheep out there, that buys a phone for it's sole fact of "everyone else has one I want one too" you should be required to shoot a .12 gauge with your foot, through your brain.
#3. Data Phones, are VERY VERY expensive at retail costs. EVERY consumer wants data phones CHEAP. do you think the wireless carriers really pay NOTHING for the blackberry you got for free yesterday? NO. how do they recouperate costs for t...
but they tell you, "well you came in our...
#2. What in the hell would you want a damn data phone for, unless to go on the internet.
I't a tool, not a toy. It's got as many uses as I want, from reading e-books to running the software that...
stop comparing this to cars and xbox'es
It will not cost the company that sold it to them one dime.
Once it's sold, its the buyers property and is not using a service from the retailer. This is a HUGE difference. ATT (and the other carriers that have this requirement) Frequently has to eat large amounts of residual cost from these smartphones without data plans. The requirement of the plans helps to reduce that cost to the company. (And yea, puts some extra in their pocket)
Id bet you would see some changes if Porsche had to field hundreds of customer service calls a month, and credit hundreds of dollars to people just because they weren't ...
The rest is marketing talk, justifications, and trying to sweeten the pill, to make it seem like the change is somehow in the interests of the consumer...
Smartphones arn't just for data
I started a side business and I don't have a very good memory so a calender and detailed contacts were important to me. At the time there wasn't a phone out there, that wasn't a smartphone, with had a good calender. Still today I'm looking for a new phone and can't find one that fits my way of life more than my Windows Mobile phone. Yes, I have data now, but if I didn't I would still want a smartphone.
If you agree with this..............
not only is this stupid but they are giving their customers ultimatums that are a loose loose situation.
wow the world has some pretty greedy people living on it. and some pretty dumb people as well that agree with AT&T's actions. ahhh i guess the world cant be perfect.....
a little thing called CHOICE
some of you say well why buy a smartphone and not use it to its full potential. ok people, i believe someone used a car as an example. i shall do it the other way around. then why do people buy expensive ass cars and just store them all in a garage and never drive them? why dont th...
They made the decision because they are taking a massive hit by selling smartphones belo...
If you're not using data on a smartphone and still want to pay ...
some of you say well why buy a smartphone and not use it to its full potential.
The "full potential" of every device that I own is to do what its owner needs. ...
Wheres the FCC?
As long as they continue to offer Dumphones with a wide variety of features (that list increasing every quarter) there is no reason the FCC should care.
I think you've all forgotten something.....
If you owned stock in AT&T, would you want the company to provide all the choices in the world to its consumers even though you would lose the money you invested into this company?
They're going to do what they can to make money. Verizon and Sprint have done this for months before now, yet you're calling AT&T the devil because it decided to follow suit?
If AT&T listened to some of you who think it is wrong for them to enforce unpopular policies at times, they would soon go out of business. And then you would just go and complain about something else that isn't "fair".
It's called CAPITALISM!!!!
I'd rather use Wi-Fi
And yes, this does make sense for our situation. The main thing we need a BlackBerry for is a medical app that stores its data locally. It can update via Wi-Fi as needed.
Note to AT&T: you're not the only Internet provider. And no, you don't have to subsidize my phone. I'm happy to buy it up front. Just let me buy the plan I want.
"Being able to take full advantage of these features without having to worry about a fluctuating or unusually high bill generally leads to greater customer satisfaction, so effective Sept. 6, smartphone customers will n...