San Jose, CA
Re: 2GB Enough for you, AT&T Users?
said by Gbcue:Yep. Easily. I'm like the Average Sprint User.
Well, is it?
Less than a year into caps and the average (amongst the highest) is almost half of your cap.
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Silly companies upselling services
said by Karl Bode :What A foreign concept for a business. Upselling products/services is nothing new, and definitely not unique to the telecom industry.
As data use grows, the line is constantly adjusted by AT&T and Verizon to catch more and more users in a pricing funnel, driving them to costlier plans that provide more data than they need.
Re: AT&T has the most usage?
said by Readfineprnt :Yeah, I don't tend to go through a lot of data each month on Sprint since my 3g averages between 400kbps all the way up to MAYBE 1Mbps, depending on where I am.
Sprint users on average consumer more than double than they do yet they seem to be able to handle the capacity just fine. It's obviously market dependant as far as your coverage but overall ATT has had some serious issues as of late(getting better now) and they've always blamed the fact that their users are smartphone data hungry customers.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Re: Look at it differently....
said by axiomatic:change to Sprint.
(yes I realize there are more AT&T customers than Sprint has but that would get in the way of me snarking my wireless provider.)
said by axiomatic:Sprint customer service has increased since I was last on. Check into it; and reduce some money for their merger.
I hate your customer service reps Sprint, but good job on the network management. AT&T should look up to you as the company to emulate since you are clearly doing it the right way.
"Average" These "averages" are incredibly deceiving.
Many smartphone users don't even think twice about streaming music for extended periods of time, esp. if they have a dock, or use it in their car. Add in occasional video, regular checks of websites, misc. navigation, misc. app downloads, etc., and you easily hit 2GB/mo. Sprint users who have 'unlimited' seem like they like to use their data without fear of any extraneous charges, which is good.
Usage is only bound to increase over time, especially with 4G.
These data constrictions are in place for two reasons - money, and scaring people into using what they pay for in a lesser manner.
According to the "network monitor" app on my Android, I've used over 400MB this week, 1.4GB this month (so far).
Re: so this isnt captialism
said by HappyAnarchy :Are you suggesting that AT&T is overselling subscriptions to their wireless network? The last report that I read indicated that AT&T's network performance was equal to or better than Sprint's in most regions across the country. The issue with the much lower data usage is not due to congestion or the number of subscribers, it's the high cost of the plans combined with the steep penalties for going over the limit.
That said, I hate to be defending AT&T at all, ever, but it is a bit disingenious to say the average Sprint user uses double theirs so why are they not having problems? Because Sprint has significantly less users than AT&T - not saying AT&T doesn't have problems with congestion and shouldn't build out their network, or that they didn't make mistakes by doing it. I would just prefer we criticize them for valid reasons to make our points less easy to dismiss.
Verizon smokes Sprint in performance in most of the places I frequent, yet the average Sprint user consumed more data.
I think the point being made in the report is spot on. It's the pricing and caps that are holding people back.
San Jose, CA
Re: uh... yeah
said by tman852:Because the average users give the "power users" a free ride, by subsidizing their true carry costs? Oh, wait, I forgot, there is no cost at all to providing unlimited data. I read that on a forum somewhere.
Power users can use as much as they want, typical users can use the average amount. No worries, no crazy bills. I fail to see how that's such a bad thing?
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Re: Better than lower priced tiers
said by sonicmerlin:Lots of providers do this. Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Walmart Straightalk, Metro PCS and a host of others.
Why doesn't *any* cell phone company let you just buy your own smartphone outright and pay for a voice plan only? Why do you also have to pay the "subsidized" price? This is illegal usury. Why is this kind of practice even allowed?
Re: THIS from March, 2010
said by MojaveMike: Well one thing, Clearwire retails WhyMax as a home broadband replacement. Sprint doesn't advertise that for anything, which is why you can expect Clearwire to have a higher number of data munchers. And yea they need a lot of investment into that riddled mess of a network, like maybe expansion? Backhaul ect...
"Clearwire's mobile WiMAX subscribers are burning through around 7 GB of data per month, according to a company executive, and the company's business plan seems to be predicated on keeping up with that demand."
I guess usage must be going way down over time. If WiMAX is anything like Sprint (the highest usage) the average usage has gone down 90% in one year. They shouldn't need any investments in infrastructure, right? Next year people will only be using about 75MB average.
Read more: Clearwire: Mobile WiMAX subs eating 7 GB per month - FierceWireless »www.fiercewireless.com/story/cle···VPG92PYF
Re: Is anyone surprised? And, instead of charging per megabyte, they do the equivalent of charging for an additional block of minutes instead of each additional used. I'd be okay with getting charged 8¢ or 1¢ for each additional megabyte instead of $15 for 200 or $10 for 1024. Going over my plan by five megs charges $10; it's no wonder people are careful to not go close!
edit: 200, not 250; 8¢, not 5¢
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Re: Is anyone surprised?
said by koolman2:Very good point. It's like using 451 minutes of your 450 minute allotment, then being billed for an additional 450 minutes, when the 900 minute plan costs less.
And, instead of charging per megabyte, they do the equivalent of charging for an additional block of minutes instead of each additional used. I'd be okay with getting charged 5¢ or 1¢ for each additional megabyte instead of $15 for 250 or $10 for 1024. Going over my plan by five megs charges $10; it's no wonder people are careful to not go close!