Could AT&T Change Terms of iPads Unlimited Data Plan.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by RetroGamer360, May 5, 2010.

  1. RetroGamer360 macrumors member

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    How long does AT&T have to offer iPad owners the $29.99 unlimited 3G data plan? The reason I ask is because it is month to month without a locked in contract. What would prevent AT&T from updating the terms with a 5GB cap or increase the monthly fee?

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    nothing

    And expect them to do it eventually.

    Hard to time it.
     
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    30 days from the day you paid. It's no-contract so they could jack up the price or meter it anyway they want after that.
     
  4. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    Nothing prevents them from changing terms of any plan at any time. They can and most likely will change it at some time, but it could improve just as easily as get worse.....although, given corporate greed, don't count on improvements without some serious competitive reasons for doing so.

    I suspect, however, that Apple has likely struck a deal with AT&T to keep the data plan 'really unlimited' for some unspecified period of time, either via a revenue sharing model, exclusivity or some other business agreement. With any luck, you'll see this carried over to other Apple products as well.

    But historically, every single 'unlimited' plan in existence has become capped at some time. Given that Apple can reinforce 'soft caps' by forcing app vendors to build in bandwidth-conserving versions of their video/audio apps, this one may have a chance of staying REALLY unlimited.
     
  5. RetroGamer360 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you to everone for your feedback. I guess this uncertainty is the downside of having a no contract option. Let's just hope Apple worked out a customer friendly arrangment with AT&T.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  6. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502

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    I agree. I can almost guarantee that Apple has some sort of timeframe in place for the current terms that AT&T must abide to. How silly would Apple look if a few months after the release AT&T decided to jack up the price and screw everyone over on what was one of Apple's biggest selling points for the 3G model?
     

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