AT&T CEO's "Only Regret" is Offering Unlimited Data Packages

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Speaking at a conference this week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson noted that he only had one regret about AT&T being the first cellular carrier to support the iPhone. As reported by the New York Times:
    Since then, AT&T has discontinued offering unlimited data plans to new customers, as well as throttling users who have been grandfathered in from older plans.

    Stephenson is also concerned about services like Apple's iMessage texting service and Skype affecting AT&T's existing business models.
    All those concerns aside, AT&T has been extraordinarily successful attracting and keeping profitable iPhone users. In the last quarter, AT&T made $3.58 billion in profit on $29 billion in sales. The iPhone accounted for 60% of the carrier's total phone sales to postpaid customers in that quarter.

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  2. doobybiggs macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2012
  3. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Dear Apple,

    Please just buy one of these jokers, sale the iphone on your own carrier and push the current cell communications model into extinction.

  4. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    Well, he's right.
    Would you think different if it was your company?
  5. raymondthimmes macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    Mr. Stephenson,

    All I can say is you have confirmed my switch to Sprint when my contract is up in July. Hell, I might switch right now and just not pay the bill you send me for $375.

    **** you, sir.
  6. segfaultdotorg macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2007
    What a pompous ass. I will pee on their stock certificates if they ever go bankrupt.
  7. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    Aww poor baby. Go step down and collect your millions.

    Your only regret should be GETTING RID of the unlimited data.
  8. tjanuranus macrumors member

    May 25, 2004
    If i didn't have three phones i would need to replace... i would leave ATT in a heart beat after reading this. This reducing your speed bs has really pissed me off lately too.
  9. leroypants macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2010
  10. AxeluteZero macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    After living with the crappy smart phone world I'm in now, yes, I would change things.

    Texting is the most ludicrous charge on a smartphone bill. Costs nothing to text from phone to phone.

    Hurrah iMessage!
  11. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    i wouldn't doubt if AT&T wanted to figure out a way to double charge customers for using iMessages over 3g
  12. lostngone macrumors demi-god


    Aug 11, 2003
  13. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Apple has FaceTime for video, iMessage for text. They need to Add Talktime making it free between iOS and OS X users. How's that's gonna cut into your revenue stream AT&T? :D
  14. bwlucas macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Right, because it's data in the first place. It should already be FREE.
  15. SkydiveGuy macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    Sorry.... but I remember a day in the mid 90s when we paid for capped dial-up data and as competition grew (along with broadband), they did away with "limited" data plans and went with an unlimited model.

    This too shall pass.
  16. Tones2 macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    Love you fanboy guys. Apple making huge profit margin = GREAT. ATT&T making small profit margin = EVIL. :rolleyes:
  17. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
  18. doobybiggs macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2012
    lol the balls of this guy ... he ***** on his customer base and people just take it. I would riot, but this is why I am with sprint
  19. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    We regret it too, ATT. It should've been only $20 for unlimited data. :p

    C'mon Verizon, TMo, etc., introduce a rollover data plan!
  20. supmango macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2008
    If they hadn't offered unlimited data, there would still be limited adoption of smart phones. It jump started widespread adoption.
  21. lostngone macrumors demi-god


    Aug 11, 2003
    Define "small profit margin"
  22. q64ceo macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    One would think that his biggest regret should be not foreseeing the increasing of demand that should have facilitated an upgrade with their network
  23. Qfic macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2011
  24. Saikkou macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    I have AT&T and have never had a problem, I've even pleasant experience with customer service, but things like this just make me want to leave them. I understand a business needs to make money, but as new technologies emerge people are not going to pay to use the old ones. A company has to be fluid and innovate if they want to keep making money, not harping on progression.

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