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fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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A significant sum?

$25 per month for a 2GB smartphone data plan is a significant sum?



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said by fifty nine:

$25 per month for a 2GB smartphone data plan is a significant sum?

Data is data is data is data is data is data is data is data is data...

This is just pure straight up greed by the phone carriers for a service that does not cost them one dime more. It doesn't matter where the data gets used it's all the same damn data from the same damn transport.
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fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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But years ago I paid $45 for a data plan that I could do what I want with. We were forced to get a regularly priced data plan if we wanted a smartphone. I didn't need that. I just need one to use on my smartphone because I rarely ever need to use a laptop on a cellular connection.

Now I'm paying $25 for a data plan that I can use on my smartphone only, which is fine for me because the only thing I need data for is my smartphone.

Seems to me like the price went down but if I want the old rate and freedom of use I pay what I did before. In other words, I pay less because I use the data only on a smartphone.

As for it costing them more/less that's not the point. A business is in business to make money. If this is how they make money then so be it. You are free to speak with your feet and go to the competition.


Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
reply to fifty nine

And your point is?

Yes, $25 for 2GB data is a ridiculous amount of money regardless of how you slice it and/or use it.

Per AT&T, adding another $20 to the data plan you already purchase just so that you can use that same data plan but tethered is absolutely absurd.


Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
reply to fifty nine

So by your wisdom you are saying you are paying less to use the data on your smartphone and that is OK.

You are also saying that if you want to use that same data over that same smartphone but through another device then you are also OK with them wanting to charge you more to do so.

I am guessing you would also say it would be OK for them to charge you more to download Netflix material or charge you more to tweet or access Facebook as well. What about Skype, I guess you would be OK if they have a Skype data plan add on as well.

I mean they are a business and are such to make money.



PapaMidnight

join:2009-01-13
Baltimore, MD
reply to fifty nine

As a matter of principle, I'll say yes.



FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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reply to fifty nine

said by fifty nine:

But years ago I paid $45 for a data plan that I could do what I want with. We were forced to get a regularly priced data plan if we wanted a smartphone. I didn't need that. I just need one to use on my smartphone because I rarely ever need to use a laptop on a cellular connection.

Now I'm paying $25 for a data plan that I can use on my smartphone only, which is fine for me because the only thing I need data for is my smartphone.

Seems to me like the price went down but if I want the old rate and freedom of use I pay what I did before. In other words, I pay less because I use the data only on a smartphone.

As for it costing them more/less that's not the point. A business is in business to make money. If this is how they make money then so be it. You are free to speak with your feet and go to the competition.

Another good reason to go straight bill per byte. Use less, pay less. Use a lot, pay a lot. Then it won't matter what device is being used.
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reply to Skippy25

said by Skippy25:

And your point is?

Yes, $25 for 2GB data is a ridiculous amount of money regardless of how you slice it and/or use it.

Per AT&T, adding another $20 to the data plan you already purchase just so that you can use that same data plan but tethered is absolutely absurd.

Well now it's 4GB total for $20 extra, so you do get something.

But I agree it's 1000000% absurd to charge per GB and then you can't use it however you like.
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fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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reply to FFH

said by FFH:

Another good reason to go straight bill per byte. Use less, pay less. Use a lot, pay a lot. Then it won't matter what device is being used.

The carriers used to have that model but at 1 cent per kb it wasn't going to work out. That's when they brought "unlimited" plans for a flat fee.


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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reply to Skippy25

said by Skippy25:

So by your wisdom you are saying you are paying less to use the data on your smartphone and that is OK.

You are also saying that if you want to use that same data over that same smartphone but through another device then you are also OK with them wanting to charge you more to do so.

I am guessing you would also say it would be OK for them to charge you more to download Netflix material or charge you more to tweet or access Facebook as well. What about Skype, I guess you would be OK if they have a Skype data plan add on as well.

I mean they are a business and are such to make money.

No. I am saying that they give a discount if you use your data ONLY on a smartphone. You agree to use it ONLY on your smartphone as a condition of getting the reduced price. This has nothing to do with software that runs on the phones. As long as the data is being used on the phone only you are within the agreement.

Otherwise we will just go back to the days of $45 for 5GB data plans no matter what device you were using. Oh wait a minute, that's what the tethering plan is, effectively.


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2
reply to Skippy25

said by Skippy25:

And your point is?

Yes, $25 for 2GB data is a ridiculous amount of money regardless of how you slice it and/or use it.


How much do you think a reasonable price for a data plan should be?

quote:
Per AT&T, adding another $20 to the data plan you already purchase just so that you can use that same data plan but tethered is absolutely absurd.

You get an extra 2GB for that $20, putting the price back to where it was years ago when you only had ONE price for data plans.


bobgwen

join:2001-07-07
Bartow, FL
reply to fifty nine

said by fifty nine:

$25 per month for a 2GB smartphone data plan is a significant sum?

IT is just plain GREED. I already pay money for a plan, then I gotta pay more freakin money to tether?????? Fer chrissakes. Greedy somebiches.
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