When will data plan rates come down?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by barnaby117, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. barnaby117 macrumors member


    Sep 5, 2007
    Do you think we will ever see a reduction in the $30/month iPhone rate plan? Apple's gotten aggressive on the handset pricing, but it would nice to see them and AT&T make iPhone really affordable for families on a budget. I'm sure it's coming, just a matter of when. Thoughts?
  2. ingenioso macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
  3. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    1st January, Never
  4. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    The iPhone 4G will come out next year, and the data plan for that one will be $50 a month. How you like them apples? ;)

    I ended up buying a iPhone 3G on EBay to get around the data plan (don't need it.) But I don't think prices are going to come down anytime soon, for most consumers the initial hardware cost is probably the biggest sales barrier- Sales of the 3G iPhone have been better than the 2G, and the hardware price went down and the data plan price went up.
  5. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
  6. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    When the majority of the population have smartphones and dataplans as opposed to the standard cellphones most have now. In about 5 years the market will be saturated and carriers will need to lower dataplan prices to compete.
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    My boss received his first iPhone bill a few weeks ago, and it was substantially into 4 figures. He's a very heavy phone user, and was previously on a high-end tariff with lots of call minutes included, so when he switched to one of the standard iPhone tariffs: massive bill.

    He went back to the store, explained his situation, and the guy in the store called the network and managed to get him onto a business tariff not advertised online, including a data roaming package which I'd never heard of before!

    I know this is a different network, but at least it shows the networks can be flexible on plans.
  8. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Remember about two years ago when unlimited smartphone data was $44.99/month on AT&T + Verizon?

    I agree with barkomatic. Rates will lower when smartphone growth starts to decline. Right now, even at $30/month, it seems like everyone is clamoring to get a smartphone.
  9. cWeems macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2008
    its only $30/month, a dollar a day!!!! if u cant afford that than stick w/ a razr.

    or stop eating out so much and just cook at home :p
  10. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    AT&T will hold these rates as long as they possibly can.

    Their whole business strategy on the 3G iPhone was to eat the cost of hardware subsidies but make it up through data rates over the next several years. Dropping rates now would be counter productive to that.
  11. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    stupid answer. The rates will not drop anytime soon. The data network is getting improved all the time and is yet to settle. The bettter the technology the more you'll pay. To can get data for $6 a month from Tmobile, I used to have that. It was too slow and you couldn't stream anything. Text messaging keeps going up so I will be suprised if data drops in price.
  12. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    When competition, with equally attractive but lower priced offerings, forces them to reduce it.

    I don't see anything that would attract a good percentage of current iPhone customers on the horizon for at least a couple years.

  13. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    well, i paid $45 a month for the blackberry curve data plan before switching to the iPhone. and that's without 3G speeds. so aren't you glad we're only paying $30 a month??

    if you really wanna save money, you can jailbreak your iphone, get the tethering software, and cancel your home internet subscription...
  14. aridon macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2007
    They've got you by the balls for 2 years so not unil that is over. In reality probably not until the PDA / Smart phone market is saturated and tower upgrades start to slow down as most people become connected. 5+ years would be my guess.

Share This Page