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Top message:  Verizon Price Increase RIPOFF!! by Mduke222   Feb 13, 2010, 11:06 AM

Replying to:  Re: I call forced data plans "artificial profit" by Menno   Feb 23, 2010, 2:22 PM

Re: I call forced data plans "artificial profit"

by epik    Feb 23, 2010, 5:44 PM

IMO, I think they should've just stopped making non "enhanced media devices" and let the current devices sell out. Then replace with more enhanced media devices, or basic phones. Oh, and keep the option for family data too. But I don't run the company, so it's not my rules.

And really, I think this would have been the best prescription for transition. Phase out all the old models and replace them with simple and/or 3G phone models. The biggest miss in all this was having phones that didn't need data one day be the phones that DID need data the next.

And as far as family data is concerned, I've maintained for more than a month now that the problem with Connect and Premium not attracting enough customers was simply that no one could fit with the rigidity of it. The primary line HAD TO HAVE data, while the average user of the primary line would likely not be the person needing data, or would have been the "heavy hitter" using a smartphone. Without the primary line using it, a secondary line was too expensive. Plus, when someone wanted a Blackberry or smartphone, those models didn't fit with those programs, and little effort was made to make that point in pricing models online or in brochures.

I applaud the nod to simplicity with the new system, even while I disagree with the pricing structure. I have to give kudos to AT&T for some flexibility in their data requirements.

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