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AT&T May Change Data Rate Plans

Is AT&T Going to Charge iPhone Customers Even More?

If you have an iPhone, you know how hard it is to resist consuming online content with every chance you get. It's the first thing I pull out of my bag when I have a long wait, whether it's my bus ride home or waiting on a friend to show up for our dinner plans. But, because four percent of AT&T users are consuming 40 percent of the network's bandwidth, you may soon pay more for your mobile Internet usage.

No official plans have been announced yet, but one executive said that the company was looking at ways to give high bandwidth users incentives to reduce their usage.

Does this mean people who use their iPhones for just about everything (like me) will be paying more each month? That's sure what it sounds like. I think that seems a bit unfair, especially to those of us who purchased iPhones because they are perfectly suited for Internet usage. AT&T has started to address reported problem areas via a new iPhone app and also acknowledged that the problems are worse in New York and San Francisco, where the market is heavily saturated with iPhones. Maybe I'm oversensitive to this matter because I'm a heavy iPhone user, but with this latest announcement it seems as though AT&T is punishing a core group of subscribers. iPhone users: would you reduce your data usage for a price break?

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esmerb esmerb 6 years
I need AT&T to get their stuff to work first before hiking up prices! First your DSL does not work and now your phone coverage sucks!
pinkified pinkified 6 years
I've had AT&T forever and one good thing about them is when you lock in a price, you have it for life. I signed up with 200 extra anytime minutes (on top of the minutes included in any plan) many years ago and it has followed me, even when I've upgraded/renewed contract. Before getting an iPhone, I had a $15 text msg/data plan, I think it had 200 texts and a decent amount of data for regularly checking email and occasionally browsing the web. Even when they discontinued the package, I was still locked in at that price, until I had to change to the iPhone plans. If they do charge more for unlimited data, I don't think they can change your existing plan. This won't be good news for people who sign up after the fact. I hope they don't charge more, I use so much data. Like TrulyLoved says, once Verizon gets a hold of iPhones, and they will, all the ex-Verizon customers and a lot of AT&T customers will leave.
TrulyLoved TrulyLoved 6 years
If AT&T raise prices for iPhone users I can see a lot of customers leaving the network. I know people who have unlocked their phone to work with t-mobile because their prices are significantly cheaper. Plus, they have a team that helps out iphone users even though iPhone is only for AT&T. T-mobile choses to keep their customers where as AT&T does not care and just want to raise prices. With out the iPhone AT&T would be nothing. I hope Apple expands their service and choses to work with T-mobile or Verizon in the very near future. I know that I can hardly deal with a bill over 100$ every month and we don't even get unlimited service. Customers over at T-Mobile are playing like 60$ for unlimited service, which includes unlimited calls, text, data plan. THE ONLY reason I stay with AT&T is because I love my iPhone and I love getting the new iPhone as soon as they come out. But I can only spend so much on crappy service.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
Agree with everyone here- I still have my trusty 1st gen to avoid having to pay for a higher data plan. If it wasn't for the iPhone, I'd switch carriers.
Countess827 Countess827 6 years
Boo to that. I have unlimited data, so I'm going to use it. They already charge us for text messages on top of that. I mean really, do you want to milk your customers for all they've got AT&T, you're doing a good job of it right now....
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I agree this is crap. AT&T already has the highest data plan across all of the services. The fact that I had to pay more when I switched from the Gen1 iPhone to the 3G already chapped my butt, not to mention I pay for things that they continuously take away from me. Hello roll-over minutes that do indeed expire, and don't switch your plan because all those roll over minutes you've already banked you could lose. AT&T should thank their lucky stars that they have the iPhone because I can tell you that without it they would have found themselves with a few million less customers. I'm a Mac geek, but I would seriously consider switching to the Droid if they do this. Hey Apple kill that deal with AT&T and you'll find your sales of the iPhone soar.
lauren lauren 6 years
I think this is completely outrageous especially since I have a contract and this is at&t problem (not the customers)-they need to have better service in those areas especially since I am in SF!
zzleigh zzleigh 6 years
This is absurd. AT&T, why don't you focus on creating better coverage in those two major cities instead of hiking up rates on an already ridiculously expensive plan. I'm here in SF and the coverage DOES totally suck.
JeanninePC99 JeanninePC99 6 years
I've actually liked the service I've gotten from AT&T and have never had a problem with them. I guess I need to know what heavy usage is. The last time I was in the store, the staffer taking care of my looked at my usage and told me that in the last 18 months, I had sent more than 300 texts in any month, so I should bump down in my plan (I email more than I text). He wound up saving me a few dollars each month with that one suggestion, which made me happier than before. I email and Tweet constantly when I'm away from my desk, so it might be time to get my company to kick in for some of my bill. :)
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 6 years
100% agree with everyone. I would LOVE an iphone but never, EVER go to at&t. Give it to me on sprint and I'm in!
mek123 mek123 6 years
If AT&T raise the data plan pricing for "unlimited" usage I will be out the door when my contract expires.
mcjx3 mcjx3 6 years
I'm a college student and this would not be an incentive for me to lower my internet usage. I love my iPhone and would use it exactly as I normally would but it's just not economical for me to pay such high rates along with the data plan. If anything this would force me to find a less expensive smartphone. iPhone's arn't alone anymore!
janebntl janebntl 6 years
This is ridiculous! I pay for data, I'm going to use my data. I hate At&T
Xosa Xosa 6 years
I agree 100% with Baby Girl. There is absolutely no way I would pay more for my iPhone, I'm already choked that I have to pay for "unlimited text messages" when I already pay for "unlimited" data every month. AT&T only has me as a customer because of the iPhone, and with the Droid available, I'm on the fence anyways. Would I reduce my data usage for a price break? Sure would! I'd reduce it right to 0 and go somewhere else.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 6 years
I use my iPhone whenever I'm bored too. If they raise the price for data because I use an internet friendly device then I'm leaving AT&T. I already pay 100% more for monthly usage than I did at T-Mobile where I was contract free. Isn't that enough? I refuse to change the way I use a phone because the network is garbage and they couldn't improve it when people started taking the leap to iPhones when the Wal-Mart started selling them, when the price of the 3G dropped and when tons of refurbished iPhones were purchased by consumers wanting an internet device. This will be a bad move for AT&T if they start charging extra for data.
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