iPhone Texting Plan

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by emanaydin, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. emanaydin macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Cingular just recently released a plan that includes unlimited text messages to any provider in any form including IM. This would come up HUGE if apple hopefully includes iChat in the phone. But do you think this plan will be available with the iPhone? I don't think i'll be getting the data plan cuz i can really care less about the internet.
  2. rayward macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2007
    Houston, TX

    You may not have a choice...
  3. Troyte83 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    yea chances are they will make you get a data plan which sucks, but if i had the choice i would get it because what good is a 500 phone with all those features if you cant use them
  4. emanaydin thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    I highly doub't they'll require it.. theres not a fone out there where the provider requires you to have the data plan. By adding the text messaging plan instead of the data, all i really lose is the internet browsing and email. That's not a big deal to me, i still have all the rest of the features.
  5. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    this does not stop you from using WIFI right?
  6. laidbackliam macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2006
    it shouldn't stop you.

    can't guarantee it though, cause i don't have the phone
  7. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Providers have been known to artificially cripple phones--like disabling Bluetooth to force you into using their network to synch data across 7 inches :p So I can see AT&T wanting WiFI disabled unless you buy their data plan.

    But in this case the manufacturer is Apple, and probably won't put up with that nonsense.
  8. Troyte83 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    a couple months back i asked a cingular sales rep about plans and i asked him if you needed a data plan with it and he said most likely you will be required to have one
  9. imacdaddy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2006
    It will be a "bundle" plan

    It will be fierce competition between mobile carriers and phone makers come iPhone's release. iPhone aside, the plan should be cheap enough to attract customers to sign a 2 year plan. That's 2 years of customer "stickiness" for AT&T and possibility of a high customer churn rate for other mobile carriers. The competitors will definitely come out with competitive mobile plans to de-rail the iPhone's success.

    No doubt, AT&T will offer a "bundled" plan and hopefully an "unlimited" plan attactive enough for people to switch and buy the iPhone. Without data, the iPhone loses one of its features - Internet Communicator.

    Apple wants to "revolutionize" the mobile industry, "unlimited data/text or everything" mobile plans could be one of the items they're trying to "revolutionize" with the iPhone. iPhone or no iPhone, this is great news for consumers. Wishful thinking - maybe.
  10. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I really hope the only difference in the plans are the amount of minutes. Everything else should be unlimited, including data, SMS, Picture/Video MMS, etc.
  11. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2006
    don't delude yourself. Apple will be right in the pocket of all that "nonsense" because it benefits manufacturers too. Expect an all-inclusive plan only, and expect it to not be cheap.
  12. Troyte83 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    yea i figured the plan would be pricey, but i am ok with that considering all that it will do for me.
  13. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    I hate the mobile phone industry with a passion... It's all marketing BS, bundles, hidden costs and all around crap :mad:
  14. emanaydin thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    i really don't see cingular REQUIRING to have the data plan though.. they don't do that with the blackberry, treo, or pocket PC.. Verizon doesn't even do that either.. or T-Mobile. They dont REQUIRE you to get the Sidekick plan when you buy a sidekick.
  15. Shanesan macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2006
    Don't delude yourself, but don't delude that Apple is willing to take it in the chin either. Apple knows what people want, and they know that they might have the best thing ever, but if it costs 100 bucks a month to use, nobody will use it.

    Apple is a company, they do want to make a profit, but they don't want to lose it because some other chump-ass mobile phone service provider wants to make a profit through what they have created.

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