Why pay for a data plan for the iPad AND the iPhone

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SoCalRich, May 11, 2010.

  1. SoCalRich macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    In Spain they have a shared data plan... Why not here??? This is from Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com/5535297/hey-att-and-apple-you-are-doing-it-wrong

    Why do I have to pay $30 for a data plan on my iPhone AND $30 for my iPad. I can only use 1 device at a time.

    Just doesn't seem right...!!! Technically it would be easy to do... We need more competition in the marketplace. That would solve the problem...
  2. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
  3. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    Nothing wrong with giving people options...

    I posted this in another thread on the same topic:

    I've been saying it all along, I'd just be happy if AT&T would let me put the iPad on my current family plan at a reduced rate. Give me a microSIM to use on my iPad and bill me $10 more a month on my existing family plan -- where I'm already paying for TWO unlimited data plans -- and I'd be happy as a clam.

    They SHOULD offer discounts for multiple devices, and there's no reason they COULDN'T give you a microSIM to use.
  4. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    I honestly think that for most people who want 3g on their iPads (which not everyone does), you'll be a lot happier if you just pay the $30.

    But I'm probably more forgiving on this point since my phone is on a T-Mobile plan that includes unlimited data for a total of $80/month (including voice) and has no contract. AT&T sort of gouges for iPhone data plans IMO.

    As far as quality of service, I'm in the suburbs of Washington DC and AT&T usually works great for me. I have five bars at home and five bars at work. I got 1.29Mbps when I tested my 3g speed at home this morning and I just got 1.54Mbps when I tested from work.

    $30/month is a dollar a day, to state the obvious. I bought a bag of cookies today for $1.29. I bought a candy bar yesterday for $1.25. Just make your life easier.
  5. DunnMaui macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Maui, Hawaii
    ]I honestly think that for most people who want 3g on their iPads (which not everyone does), you'll be a lot happier if you just pay the $30.[
    I don't mind paying $30/month for unlimited 3G for ONE device but for two ? Come on ATT . . . there should be some better plan for more than one device on an account. I like the $10 additional idea :D
  6. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    I thought shared data plans for your Apple mobile devices was the natural solution with rollover megabytes each month.

    Not nearly as profitable though. Stinking. I really hate how seemingly everything you have these days has some sort of restriction backed up by some trumpted up corporate excuse.
  7. tomashi macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    one thought would be to... not pay? if you did you've already voted with your dollars
  8. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Dang, it sure would've been nice if the OP had written a few short lines like every other following poster. Too much to read. That being said, I have no problem with having a plan on the iPad and the iPhone.
  9. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    Thing is, you're talking about justice or something -

    I'm talking about, this is the option available to you, wouldn't you be happier if you just paid the 30 bucks? Setting aside any kind of crusades.
  10. nj-mac-user macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    Cellular plans have come a long way since they began. I believe one day sometime in the distant future we will see shared data plans.

    The thing is however we need more than just Verizon vs AT&T. It seems kind of wrong how they're both allowed to just buy up the little guys, eliminating competition. Soon Sprint will become part of Verizon and T-Mobile apart of AT&T here in the US. Then only 2 companies will be deciding our cellular fate.
  11. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Pretty fair trade-off, it seems to me.

    No shared data plan.

    No 30% unemployment.
  12. SoCalRich thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    :confused::confused::confused: So you're happy paying for 2 data plans for 2 devices instead of 1 data plan for 2 devices??? $30 p/mp for 2 devices vs $60 p/mo for 2 devices??? :confused::confused::confused: What am I missing here??? :confused::confused::confused:
  13. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    It's not so much the $30/mo, it's that I like many folks spend time in areas where AT&T has poor service. I find verizon service a bit slower but much more consistent, reliable, and much better coverage in many areas I frequent. Obviously this varies by location but in my case things are bad enough that My future wireless devices won't be with AT&T even if it means leaving apple devices.
  14. SoCalRich thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    You're right... I edited the original post. I already had posted the link to the original site. No need to cut & paste as well... :cool:
  15. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Do you guys feel that all the cell phones in your household should all be able to use the same plan for talk + data? Wouldn't that be the same thing?

    Now I know that they do allow you to add a line and share minutes which is probably what they should do with the iPad if you are already an ATT customer.

    Then again, even with the add a line...its $10 to the extra line PLUS $30 for the iPhone data plan, so you pay twice for 2 iPhones in the same household...why would the iPad be any different?
  16. SoCalRich thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] So you're happy paying for 2 data plans for 2 devices instead of 1 data plan for 2 devices??? $30 p/mp for 2 devices vs $60 p/mo for 2 devices??? [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] What am I missing here??? [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  17. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  18. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I can see arguments for both sides for this issue. First, ATT's argument would be that there are two separate devices with separate SIM cards that are accessing their network. Which would lead to more data usage than just using an iPhone alone. (If tethering were supported, read the following) It inherently differs from tethering because it is not using the iPhone to access the network, but the device itself is accessing the network which should be charged separately.

    The argument for having one data plan for both would be the following. The devices are accessing the same network and are used by the same person. The person can only be one one device at a time and thus will not use any more data than they would otherwise. Having one data plan for both might cause more users to get iPhones and thus have more profit for ATT through plans.
  19. PorterRocks macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2010
    That is exactly why I decided to get the wifi model today. I figured the next iPhone is coming out next month and I really don't want to pay for two data plans. I'm just gonna use my iPad for mobility around the house and my iPhone for everywhere else.

    First post with my new iPad!
  20. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    If AT&T did have a one plan, two devices option, what is to prevent people from signing up for this plan, then give the two devices to two separate people to use? How does this work in Spain with the cloned SIMS, can only one device be online at a time?
  21. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    You are 100% correct. But if at&t did what you're suggesting, they would only make half the money off people like you. So what exactly is their incentive to give you what you're asking, or to enable tethering, etc?

    Yes, we can only truly wish there was a bit more competition here.
  22. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    The argument is simple... When you're at home using your broadband connection you pay for through cable or dsl, you don't have to pay for each separate computer that connects to it, do you? The answer is a resounding NO. it shouldn't be any different for your data plan from your cellphone provider. I Pay for an unlimited plan, that should include all devices on the plan.

    Now i conceded that AT&T may have higher overhead costs for things like cellphone towers all across the country... But to Charge for each device uniquely is just greedy. Give me a break for having a family plan. Instead of $30 x 3 prorate it for each device I add.
  23. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    It sure would be nice for a shared plan. If you can do it with phones and minutes, I don't know why two data devices can't be the same way. I'd consider an unlimited iPad add-on to my plan for $10 more. But the way it is now is a jack.
  24. EchoTheDolphin macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2010
    It's simple, I only possess an iphone, therefore I only use iphone service. Now I buy a 3g ipad, I use both devices, maybe not concurrently, but I am doing more, not the same.

    By that simple fact why should I pay the same as someone using two devices if I only own the one?

    Trying to be devil's advocate here :D
  25. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    So you're ok if you're charged for two Internet plans at home if you have more than one computer?

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