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AT&T Offers $5 LTE 'Day Pass' for Tablets
by Karl Bode 04:11PM Thursday Oct 17 2013
Speaking at the GigaOM Mobilize conference today, AT&T senior vice president Chris Penrose stated AT&T would soon offer two new options for tablets: a day pass for $5 that provides 250 MB of 4G data, and a $15 option that provides 1 GB of 4G data data that can be used anytime in a three month window. The new plans appear aimed at more casual users as an alternative to hotel Wi-Fi. Tablet sales by carriers and for cellular radio embedded versions have been tepid as most customers have preferred the lower-cost option of Wi-Fi only tablets, then using a tethered smartphone for data if needed.

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insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN

Pointless

These plans are way too crappy to matter.

You couldn't use them for anything meaningful because of how limited they are.
ptbarnett

join:2002-09-30
Lewisville, TX

Re: Pointless

said by insomniac84:

You couldn't use them for anything meaningful because of how limited they are.

I rarely use more than 1GB in a month. Last month, I used less than 400 megabytes. My wife used less than 100 megabytes.

Our phones are using WiFi at home or in the office. We don't download applications or music while on the cell phone network, and the only significant use of bandwidth is when someone sends us email with a large attachment.

insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN

Re: Pointless

Then the price should be much lower.

Joethedragon

@172.56.23.x
Tesla to use att so drive in to Canada and with few days use at 20 a meg you can run up the bill to a price of a new car in a few days

RMH

@verizon.net

Really

I go to Starbucks, get a quad espresso for $3.80 and surf unlimited for free.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: Really

Large McDonald's coffee for $1 and surf for free.

Mr Fel
Premium
join:2008-03-17
Louisville, KY

1 recommendation

Re: Really

Skip the coffee and still free.

RMH

@verizon.net
McDonald isn't coffee. Black water would describe it better.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Fully Metered Plan Please

These plans are silly. Drop the monthly fee and just give folks a fully metered plan at .01/MB ($10/GB). I'd bet folks would go crazy over it. At that price, folks wouldn't max out towers watching streaming video and if they make VOIP calls, ATT will get roughly 6 cents a minute (assuming 2x50Kbps channels, 100Kbps total * 60 seconds = 6MB/minute).

Bill directly to a checking-account debit card, on-line statements, periodic e-mail notifications about usage and monthly or weekly billing and be done with it.
ptbarnett

join:2002-09-30
Lewisville, TX

Re: Fully Metered Plan Please

said by rradina:

These plans are silly. Drop the monthly fee and just give folks a fully metered plan at .01/MB ($10/GB). I'd bet folks would go crazy over it.

I agree. The problem is that overages are more expensive, so it encourages people to buy as much as they would ever need, which is more than they usually need.

I'd be thrilled with a flat-rate dataplan, at 1 cent/megabyte. I'd save a lot of money in most months.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Fully Metered Plan Please

I'd like that too. Also, something reasonable for international data with PPU as well so you don't have to deal with the plans...

skeechan
Ai Otsukaholic
Premium
join:2012-01-26
AA169|170
kudos:2

Re: Fully Metered Plan Please

"Reasonable" is Kryptonite to AT&T, or Verizon for that matter.
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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Fully Metered Plan Please

Yup.
Expand your moderator at work

Nezmo
The name's Bond. James Bond.
Premium,MVM
join:2004-11-10
Coppell, TX
kudos:1

I bought an iPad years ago with the 3G radio...

What a waste of money. I thought that data plans would eventually make sense. But no and I'm not giving up unlimited on my phone for one of the crappy shared plans either.

If I ever buy another tablet it'll be Wi-Fi only. AT&T gets enough of my money already.
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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

1 recommendation

Pointless

Just tether to a device on Mobile Share.

anonome

@verizon.net

Reminds me of the "good ol' days"...

Insert quarters in the coin slot... updated.
Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Re: Reminds me of the "good ol' days"...

way past that more like swipe credit card and we bill you later at price that can be as high as a coin per sec