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I simply don't understand why ANY unlimited plan (talk for example) is so expensive. Surely it costs them pennies per person a month in bandwidth, yet they're still using out dated pricing...
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I simply don't understand why ANY unlimited plan (talk for example) is so expensive. Surely it costs them pennies per person a month in bandwidth, yet they're still using out dated pricing...
Because (LOTS of) people will pay those rates.
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I've honestly never understood the point of unlimited data plans. i have the 200MB AT&T plan on our phones even though I could get both phones on the 2GB for a mere $8 more a month.

I know I will never use it. In any city in the US of remotely decent size there is free or unsecured wifi every where you go. The most I've ever used in a month has been a little over 100MB and that was due to my wife using Pandora on her walks and occationally going out of range of the access points I have set up on her phone.

I use my phones' Internet capabilities quite a bit and I've never had a problem. I am sure that unlimited data is simply a waste for most people. So the few that actually might need it probably should pay a premium for it.
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It's about time. I've been demanding they drop the option for unlimited data for a long time now. I hate having the option for unlimited data.
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Was only a matter of time. ><
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Screw that. Go Virgin Mobile. Decent phones with unlimited dats for 1/2 the monthly cost.
I couldn't be happier +1
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While I generally hate data caps, this may be good for me. I only use the internet outside of wifi areas very rarely so if I can drop down from $30/mo unlimited to say $10-15/mo that would be nice. Just depends on how much I use...
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Screw that. Go Virgin Mobile. Decent phones with unlimited dats for 1/2 the monthly cost.
I would love Virgin Mobile except their Android phones are sorely outdated, and the big carriers want to see to it that it stays that way. Imagine what would happen to the marketshares of AT&T and Verizon if the likes of Virgin Mobile got phones like the Atrix and Droid X2.
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Because (LOTS of) people will pay those rates.
But why do people? I only bring it up because I've been looking around for a new phone (new job eating up my minutes like crazy) and I plan on getting my own place soon (and I don't want a land-line phone eating up my money) and the cheapest unlimited everything I can find is $45 a month from Tracfone no less at Walmart, and that's honestly looking like a better deal then everyone else (admittedly the internet access on that plan is mobile only, so it's not really worth it for just internet, although it would be nice to chat and have some internet access in certain situations that generally happen every year, namely, family car trips)!!!

If a company who takes cheap phones and lets you buy minutes when you feel like it can give us a no contract plan for unlimited everything for $45 a month (which is still a bit unreasonable, but at least not terribly so), then the big name companies can too.
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Network infrastructure is really the issue here, and not so much greed. Mobile phone networks are still running off a fairly old design, as redesigning the whole network to meet today's internet habits would be extremely expensive.

Ever wonder why Facebook has told you that your account was recently logged in to from some place like Cincinnati? That's because your internet connection went from the tower you're on, all the way to the carrier's datacenter, and out through their NAT to the internet (this is also why your pings are terrible from your cell phone).

This is done for two reasons:
1) So they can monitor your usage.
2) So that they don't have to have an external IP address for every phone on the planet.

Essentially, they have millions of phones trying to connect to the internet through their networks and access points to the internet, which are limited in number. This causes problems with unlimited data plans because you get a few people who go "oh golly, I can dump my internet at home, and just tether to my phone!" While this seems like a great idea in theory, it screws out everyone else because these people are downloading things like movies while the average user is trying to pull up the score to the game.

When you get enough of these tethered connections downloading freely, you can understand why this infrastructure would get bogged down rather quickly.
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