AT&T CEO Confirms Cheaper iPhone Rate Plans Considered

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    AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega confirmed earlier reports that the company is considering discounted monthly data plans for the iPhone.
    The cheaper rates, however, would come with limits on the amount of data that can be transfered. The current iPhone plans provide unlimited bandwidth. While such a move may make some sense for the price conscious consumer, much of the iPhone's success as a mobile net device seems directly related to the unlimited nature of its data plan.

    De la Vega dismissed the possibility of an iPhone with no data plan as AT&T makes the bulk of its income from selling these add-on services.


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  2. Pandaboots macrumors regular

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    just get rid of the AT& T monopoly on the iPhone..then pricing will take care of itself.
     
  3. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    But then who will pay for the phones?
     
  4. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030

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    The same people who already do. The users.
     
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    Less $ for less bandwidth? You had me at hello.

    After all, I spend most of my time in NYC, where AT&T's Edge bandwidth is so OUTRAGEOUSLY poor, that I couldn't hit a monthly cap if I surfed the web all day, every day.

    (You may note that I don't know what the cap is. I contend it doesn't really matter. NYC is a giant AT&T iPhone stinkhole.)

    Cheers! :)
     
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    IIRC, AT&T paid for part of my iPhone, hence why I only had to pay $299.

    How much would pay if the phone company didn't pay for part of it?
     
  8. kennycheng93 macrumors member

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    new plans

    Can current customers change plans when the new plans are available?
     
  9. Doju macrumors 68000

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    In Canada the monthly bill is fine, but I guess in the states it's a bit unreasonable. Hopefully they'll offer plans to entice all kinds of budgets to jump on the iPhone raft.
     
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    I'd much rather have a $20 unlimited (truly unlimited, not this <5GB a month limited "unlimited") data plan with tethering, and a 30 minute a month phone plan. I don't even use the phone anymore.
     
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    Haha, no. You'll have paid that back by the end of your contract.
     
  13. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Yes, we know. We also know he was refering to up front cost. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    Point me in the direction of a plan with unlimited data that I can access anywhere where I don't pay $200 in 2 years and I'll be happy to switch.

    Not everyone is as smart as those of us who eat lots of hot dish and drink lots of pop :)
     
  15. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I don't mind the $30 for the unlimited data plan. Obviously, it would be nice if it was cheaper, but it's really not that bad.

    I do, however, think it would be smart if they added cheaper plans with limited data.

    500MB = $15
    1GB = $20
    2GB = $25
    Unlimited = $30

    No.
     
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    how about the early adopters?

    will I get to keep the $20 unlimited plus 200 txt if get the next gen iphone this summer? I highly doubt it.
     
  17. LagunaSol macrumors 601

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    Yes, because data plans on Verizon are such a bargain. :rolleyes:
     
  18. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    Here in Alaska we get 5kbps on EDGE, tops. I don't think I could go over 250MB if I tried. I'm all for a cheaper plan.
     
  19. LagunaSol macrumors 601

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    That extra $15 a month (including the ridiculous $5 upcharge for 200 texts) is what's kept me holding on to my 1st gen. There just wasn't a compelling enough reason to buy a new phone and double my monthly data cost.
     
  20. manu chao macrumors 603

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    Big deal. In most countries outside the U.S. iPhone plans include bandwidth caps. That is one way different carriers can compete with each other and carriers can offer multiple, differentiated offers. In some countries, you pay per KB above your quota, in others your speed gets reduced when you reach the cap. If you only use 100 MB per month why pay for a plan that includes 1 GB?
     
  21. czeluff macrumors 6502

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    Best idea and worst idea at the same time. Best idea, because texting has virtually no impact on their hardware. Worst idea, because it's a free $20/mo in their pocket.
     
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    Wait, I thought you didn't have an iPhone? :p
     
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    That's why it's best to use the AIM application. Especially now that push notifications will be here this summer.
     
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    I'm all for this; Most of the data that I use gets pushed over wifi. Its hard to push a cap over edge speeds.
     

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