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said by Bill Neilson:Actually, it does. The rest of us are tired of listening to the lot of you iPhone users whining about how much you pay to use your iToy. If you are not backing up the complaints with action you sound like a spoiled six year old.
I don't think complaining about either something with the iPhone OR something with AT&T always warrants a "Shut up and stop using it then!" comment which seems like the norm
Re: hmm I use the iphone, I bought it for the data features and I don't like paying $100/month to AT&T but I know I paid for that premium to have all those features plus unlimited data.
But the point of this article is that we are premium customers, we pay a lot for our phones and per month already in order to get all these features, the phone companies want to have it both ways, they want to treat smartphone users as premium users and charge us 30/month just to have data, but at the same time they want to be able to whine and complain anytime we use more than the average amount of data.
If you are going to require everyone to have an expensive data plan, that's fine, I don't complain about my $30/month, but they are at the same time arguing that they should move to per byte billing, which is what pay-as-you-go data is, a rather expensive per byte billing model. One verizon I had a lg voyager and all I ever did with it was check my gmail through there app, I'd use maybe 2-3mb a month and pay $4-$6 which seemed ok.
What they want is obvious they want to mandate we have a data plan, charge us $30 a month to have it and then put a rediculous cap of say 100mb on it and charge us for overages.
that is there version of per byte billing and it has nothing to do with fairness, only extra profit.
btw. I don't abuse my iphone data plan, at least not in my eyes I use maybe 300mb/month. I don't think it's unreasonable to have a 5gb limit on a 3G plan at this stage, the problem is if they move to per byte billing it won't be 5gb it'll be 100mb - 250mb if even that, whatever the average user uses at the moment. the second issue is that as capacity increases and the average data usage increases they won't ever increase those caps, because the overages just equal more profit for them.
Smart Phone users should pay more, I agreee, but we also have a lot of complain about with the bs stuff the major carriers are trying to pull.