The iPhone Is Not an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    I anticipate when they lose exclusivity in the U.S. that competitors will start offering cheaper set data plans.

    Honestly, I've used less than 4 gigs in 6 months of incoming data.
  3. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    4GB is a lot for 6 months! You are exactly the power-user the article is about.

    I liked the cheaper plan aspect as I have WiFi access 90% of the time.

    I liked the cap of $10 more than current data costs for virtually unlimited.

    It would encourage me to use the network if I had a $20-30 reduction per line.

    How would they handle notifications? Would you get a warning if data was nearing the next tier?

    Can't wait to cancel my contract without ETF when they implement the data caps, thats a violation of terms.
  4. GeekOFComedy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2008
    Really bad idea. People also need to remember that AT&T Modems could also be hogging the 850MHz network, People in the U.S have an advantage of unlimited usage. What happens when people also use it as their main source of internet? Do you say screw the 1,500 or more people. What about the economic crysis. People can cancel their bills for telephone and internet because they can do all that with their phones?
  5. sgntscrawn macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Adelaide, Australia
    I really can't believe that they thought having an unlimited plan and only an unlimited plan was a good idea!

    We've got a range of caps here in Australia - mind you, we've got three carriers offering the iphone (not counting subsidiary companies), so there's competition.

    The take-up of the iphone would be much higher with cheaper plans, too. I'm sure a lot of people can't afford or justify spending so much on a phone plan with unlimited downloads when all they generally do is check emails, news and listen to music (like myself)
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Sounds like a good idea actually, especially if it brought the price down to sensible levels. $10/month bands and $40/month if you use lots of data doesn't seem unreasonable.

    Its also worth pointing out that both London and Singapore's congestion charging runs all day - in Singapore it might increase at peak times, I can't remember.
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009

    London has no such thing! iPhones come with unlimited data on o2 from the cheapest contact level up. On pay as you go it's free for the first year then free if you top up a certain amount each month.
  8. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    If AT&T had a plan like this, my touch and Razr would be on eBay in a second.

    90% of the time I have wifi, either at home or at school. $30/month for a data plan is ridiculous for me.

    I'm uncertain, however, that this would solve AT&T's network problem. While people would be using less data, there would be more people (attracted by the lower price) to make up for it.
  9. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    A tiered pricing plan is a good idea, but $10/100MB is too high. In Canada, if you call and complain to Rogers (that is, they don't advertise it, but they do offer it), you can get 150MB for $5/month. If they simply sold data in "buckets" of 150MB for $5 each, that would be a great solution for normal users. :)
  10. aslucher macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Gotta say...

    This article is wrong.

    You say the iPhone is not an "all you can eat buffet" however when At&t and Apple both push for the Buffet style you cant take it out on the people taking advantage of said "Unlimited" data plans. If they slow the network down it's At&t's fault!
  11. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    LOL. Because that wouldn't fail or anything....That has got to be the dumbest idea in the world. How about this lets keep it simple like every other damn GSM carrier in the world except AT&T:
    500MB: $10
    1000MB: $15
    1500MB: $20
    And MAYBE Unlimited for 35-40 USD.
  12. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    This article is stupid.

    Go to Japan and China to see so how networks SHOULD be and how do they handle scalability properly.

    The solution is not to LIMIT what people can do, it is to, you know, have a decent network. It is 2009 for crying out loud. geez
  13. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Agreed. Japan has had UMTS networks running for almost 10 years now. They never had GSM...In my opion that is how networks should run, buy the damn phone you want without it being locked the carrier and have fun with blazing speeds. But something tells me the US will NEVER amount to those types of networks ever.
  14. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    A lot of people forget that these wonderful networks in Japan cover a landmass the size of California. The US is a much bigger area to cover, and trying to get the density to keep up with demand is virtually impossible. Could they be doing it better? Probably. Will the US ever have Japan-like coverage and speed? Probably not (until some game-changer comes along).


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