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AT&T Alters Pricing In Wake of Verizon Announcement

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I missed this the first time I read it..

Menno

Jan 17, 2010, 2:11 PM
But it seems that ATT is requiring texting on phones with full QWERTY keyboards.

Granted, this makes a lot more sense than Data on an 8360, I was just wondering if an ATT rep or someone else could clarify this for me?
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Caucasian

Jan 17, 2010, 3:12 PM
I don't know AT&Ts stance, but it's another fancy way of forcing stuff on customers. Sprint has been considering this too.

Essentially, "why buy a phone with a full keyboard and not text? Most people wouldn't own one unless they actually used text messaging often enough to have a QWERTY keyboard, right? So lets make everyone who buys one have this package/plan, yeah!"

But in the long run it's just like requiring data on a smartphone and the mentality of "Why have a smart phone without data?" Well there are *lots* of WIFI hotspots around now-a-days, much more than previously. Hell, I can't go into a bar without getting WIFI. So, though I am kind of biased since I work for a celltelco now, I know that you don't have to have a data packag...
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Azeron

Jan 17, 2010, 5:05 PM
This is what Jay was screaming about earlier wondering why the Unlimited plan for Qwerty phones was twenty dollars higher than for non-qwerty dumb ones. Yes, their unlimited offering for messaging phones requires text basically like a mandatory select unlimited.
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