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AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Data for TV Customers

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what a scam

smerits

Jan 12, 2016, 8:29 AM
The catch is, it locks you into your contract with Directv. If you ever decide to leave Directv, you lose the phone plan. Also, it clearly states on their website that you will be throttled after 22GB of data. That is not unlimited. Misleading advertising wins again. Should be advertised as a 22GB plan for $100 along with a continuous Directv contract. NOTHING is ever in the consumers favor.....NOTHING! Please read the fine print and between the lines people.
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SkyeWint

Jan 12, 2016, 10:54 AM
While I agree that's a catch, it should also be noted that t-mobile and sprint do the same with their "unlimited" data and nobody says much of anything. Most people don't use over that 22GB amount either. (most. Not all.)
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JoelMikel

Jan 12, 2016, 4:38 PM
That's 22gb of data per line on the account not 22gb per account and ALL lines have to fall under that
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Zpike

Jan 12, 2016, 5:44 PM
I agree it's a big time scam, especially considering that phone subsidies are a thing of the past. For two lines they are going to charge you $140, plus your leased payments on two devices will likely be $60/mo or more. That's over $200/mo plus the mandatory DirectTv contract. This a far worse deal than the unlimited data packages of 5 years ago. So much for the bullshit theory that getting away from phone subsidies was a benefit to the consumer. I'd love to see some of the AT&T mouthpieces who regularly post on this site try to defend this one.
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dilofam

Jan 13, 2016, 12:38 PM
I won't defend it, but I'll give you some numbers that make things seem better than what you described. Unlimited talk for 2 lines years ago was 70.00 + 49.99. Unlimited text was 30.00. And unlimited data was 30.00 apiece. That's 210/month. Old family plans may have given different numbers buts lets compare the same thing. If you get your phones off lease that gets rid of 60.00. So if I provide my own phones, have Directv, then it's a much better deal than what came before it. It's not going to work for everybody, but there is a good percentage where it will. Can't please all of the people all of the time.
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smerits

Jan 15, 2016, 8:31 AM
Now I'll throw some numbers at you. Years ago you could get the new iPhone on contract for $200, maybe $300 tops with a 24 month contract. Now, either you pay $900 up front or "lease" the phone for up to 30 months with AT&T, and pay $900 for the phone. But somehow, these phone companies have ditched contracts and its better for the consumer. Yay! Please explain how this is better for the consumer and how these "Next" plans are NOT a contract. The phone companies have paid off every single tech article writer who claims that getting rid of subsidized phones is good for the consumer. Fact. And they succeeded in extending the contract to 30 months from 24!!!!!
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Zpike

Feb 2, 2016, 6:57 PM
>>Unlimited talk for 2 lines years ago was 70.00 + 49.99. Unlimited text was 30.00.

First, that was years ago. Furthermore, it was all WAAAAAAY overpriced years ago. Also, once data really took off, people quit caring about text altogether. So, scratch that $30. What we're left with is $119.99 for unlimited talk on 2 lines... ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. Just because their plan is better than THAT horse **** doesn't mean it's not ****.

>>Old family plans may have given different numbers buts lets compare the same thing.

No, let's not. The whole point is that the old family plans (spelled C-O-N-T-R-A-C-T) were better. So, let's do compare them to AT&T's current bullcrap please.

>> If you get your phones off lease that gets rid of 60.0...
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jinx7676

Jan 14, 2016, 9:06 AM
but the 22GB "throttle cap" is ONLY if the tower you are on is congested.
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smerits

Jan 15, 2016, 8:24 AM
ANY throttling is not unlimited, PERIOD. Completely misleading advertising. I live in Phoenix, 6th most populated city in the U.S., please tell me the times when a "tower I'm on is NOT congested".
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Zpike

Feb 2, 2016, 7:13 PM
I got an idea. How about AT&T take some of those tax dollars they received for building out their network and use them to build more towers with less congestion so that data caps and throttling become a thing of the past. They have the money to do it. But why should they when they can make obscene profits while providing paltry services?
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