Tierd Pricing for Everyone in 2011

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Wicked1, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I was in the AT&T store and speaking to the manager about the tierd pricing for next year and the year after, so it looks like those who were granfathered this time will no longer have that option going forward. It seems that AT&T and Verizon are not really trying to save people money, however get those who use a ton od data per month to cough up the extra bucks for it because 5 Billion dollars is going into AT&T's network.

    It will be interesting to see where the data plans are heading and voice plans are heading in the next 1-2 years.:rolleyes:
  2. DjPiLL macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2009
    the day ATT and Verizon switch to tiered only plans is the day i switch back to Sprint.
  3. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    and also the day you can do it without a ETF
  4. DjPiLL macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2009

    ETFs don't bother me. My ETF is still $175 I believe, and isn't it prorated?

    Sell iPhone for $400. Pay $175 ETF. I come out ahead of the game.
  5. samstod macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    My GUESS is that this is why AT&T let people keep their current data plans...forcing all users to switch data plans would have let millions of 3GS users the ability to opt out of their contracts without the ETF, and let them back door their ways into a subsidized iPhone 4.

    I'd expect AT&T to be very careful in the future in making all changes to terms, rates, etc apply only to new/renewed contracts instead of existing ones, especially for iPhone users.
  6. DjPiLL macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Also Sprint plans are way cheaper than AT&T. A $109 AT&T plan after you add in everything needed like text and data, costs about $79 on Sprint.

    So the ETF breaks even after about 6 months or so. Win.

    Sprint network > AT&T network
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    As long as sprint has coverage in your area. They're desperate for customers so they'll be the last carrier to implement tiered pricing but make no mistake, tier pricing is here to stay and will be the norm, not the exception.
  8. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    That's just crazy talk, of course they have our best interests in mind and want to save us money!!!
  9. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Well those that just resigned a 2 year contract for a subsidized phone won't have their plans changed until that contract is up or ATT will have a lot of problems on their hands. So for many - this isn't an issue (yet) until June of 2012.
  10. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    Sprint is great, at least for me. If they had the iPhone, or something like the incredible on their network, I would probably go back. I just don't like the phones they offer now, except for the evo, but I couldn't deal with that battery life.
  11. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    i actually got put back onto the unlimited data plan last night when I activated my iphone 4 from the datapro+tether plan. say what you want to say, but I haven't even gone anywhere near 1GB in the last several months of heavy 3G usage and the ability to tether is far more valuable to me than any "unlimited" data plan.
  12. fuseone macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    So what was the point of grandfathering people in if they were going to force you to change it next contract
  13. Syk macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Right now I'm unlimited and fine with paying $30.

    If I'm forced to go tier base when my contract is up or buy the next smartphone. I'm either a) going back to a dumbphone, probably StraighTalk. Web content is growing, not shrinking. Hulu plus, netflix,etc unless they are upping the dataplan from 2gb or cutting the price

    b)buy a smartphone without the subsidy and put the out of contract sim card in.
  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002

    I do not understand why people believe unannounced top level executive decisions they hear first from store managers, store clerks, phone reps, etc. It's ludicrous. They know nothing until the mothership thinks they need to know -- and many times not even then.

    Now the manager is correct that all new services are going to be tiered b/c they are tiered right now. However the 3G grandfather provision will last as long as there is a 3G network and you own a 3G phone w/ no 4G compatibility, i.e., LTE.

    Obviously, when you buy a 2012 iPhone w/ LTE the 3G unlimited plan will not follow you.
  15. dbell macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2007
    I wish all the retards who speak to Managers or Supervisors would go away. They don't know ****, they are the bottom of the information totem pole and get business critical information the same day as the general public.
  16. Syk macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    2gb and tethering on a laptop may be fine if you don't plan on using online video, music etc. I watched two flash based tv shows on my laptop via wifi and they were over 300mb a piece, so just with that i've used 600mb in one day. So I have no doubt I could run over 2gb easy via tethering. It's $20 more and no extra data.

    As far as 2gb using 3G. With the new iPhone and new web based apps from hulu, netflix and I'm sure others are on the herizon, maybe even online gaming. You could potentially wind up using more data than you did with your previous devic
  17. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I spoke to an ATT rep who said they could beat up your ATT rep.
  18. JonB3Z macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009

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