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Eventually we will get virtually service on our cell phones. We will get 1kb of data, 1 min of speech, and 1 text per month.

But...

All for only $600/mo!

Honestly, if you pay $100 a month to use your smart phone everything unlimited like me, do you really cost your service provider $100?
NO!
This is price fixing, the charge for cell/internet service should be relevant to what it costs the company to deliver it. NOT usage based billing either, but these prices are unfair. I don't believe I will have a smart phone much longer, may just buy a WiFi tablet and "dumb" phone with a keyboard and drop my data plan.
Edited by 8ight - 5/20/11 at 12:26pm
 
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In Canada we pay $30 for 1GB of data, that's it. No complaining.
I`m on Fido

500mb + 100minutes + unlimited text messaging + callerid +voicemail +free blackberry (which i don`t use, i have a modified captivate)

for $60 ($67 after tax)

...so what carrier are you talking about?
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I know I use over 5 gigs by just using my phone to watch netflix movies on my laptop. TMobile does not care at all. I just feel bad that people dont understand why data caps are bad.
*Puts on flame suit*

I'm curious why people feel they're entitled to unlimited amounts of data? How many things in the world that cost money are you entitled to unlimited amounts of?

Streaming data to your phone costs companies money, so they're not going to let everyone have unlimited amounts, especially when there are users downloading 5GB a month of data.

Yes they still need to work on more infrastructure, and yes I feel like this is a money grab by the big companies, but only a very small percentage of customers are going to be affected by this. As long as the caps are within reason (meaning that even daily internet activity a bit on the heavy side still shouldn't hit the cap), then I'm alright with this.
Edited by lordikon - 5/20/11 at 1:16pm
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How is Virgin Mobile? I'm with Verizon right now and I want to get one of those fancy new smartphones but these required data plans are bull****. I'm around wifi all day and don't need an over priced plan shoved down my throat just to use a phone. Straight ridiculous. Somebody said ESN copying is illegal but what these stupid companies are doing should be illegal. Find an easy way for me to use a smartphone with no data plan and I'll love you.
With AT&T you can block their service (by calling AT&T) from reading your phone's IMEI (forgive me if I'm giving you the wrong acronym.) This will totally block data on your phone and only allow calls and text. Meaning your only source of data would be wifi. I'm not sure if this is possible on CDMA carriers.
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so annoying, now when you go into the verizon store they immediately start asking you what service do you use for cable, phone, etc.. yayayyayaya I just came in to get an otterbox for my phone dayum!!! >.<
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Anyone know when an account gets grandfathered in? Heard of a few people who still have attel accounts with true unlimited data but have to pay full price to upgrade their phone.
    
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I'm curious why people feel they're entitled to unlimited amounts of data? How many things in the world that cost money are you entitled to unlimited amounts of?

Streaming data to your phone costs companies money, so they're not going to let everyone have unlimited amounts, especially when there are users downloading 5GB a month of data.

Yes they still need to work on more infrastructure, and yes I feel like this is a money grab by the big companies, but only a very small percentage of customers are going to be affected by this. As long as the caps are within reason (meaning that even daily internet activity a bit on the heavy side still shouldn't hit the cap), then I'm alright with this.
Agreed, most users will not come ANYWHERE near the 5gb cap on most providers.
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I'm curious why people feel they're entitled to unlimited amounts of data? How many things in the world that cost money are you entitled to unlimited amounts of?

Streaming data to your phone costs companies money, so they're not going to let everyone have unlimited amounts, especially when there are users downloading 5GB a month of data.

Yes they still need to work on more infrastructure, and yes I feel like this is a money grab by the big companies, but only a very small percentage of customers are going to be affected by this. As long as the caps are within reason (meaning that even daily internet activity a bit on the heavy side still shouldn't hit the cap), then I'm alright with this.
I can't speak for everyone, but I think the main frustration isn't the quantity of data, but rather the price:quantity ratio. "Unlimited" data is unnecessary. But to be honest, with the size of various forms of media only getting bigger and bigger, plans like $30 for 2GB isn't a good deal. The dollar:GB ratio is sucky, and I think the dollar side should go down if the data side is to stay the same. $30 isn't a ton of money in the grand scheme of things, but it's worth way more than 2GB of mobile data. And with "the cloud" becoming more and more present, people will rely more and more on their data plans and easily exceed them.

I'd be so much less disgruntled if I saw plans where the normal voice-only plan price is the same for smartphones, but includes 150mb of data (since phone companies claim that access to data is "necessary" for "smartphone" devices, shouldn't a small amount of data be included with a typical plan?), and then it's something like $0.50 per 100Mb thereafter, billed in 100mb increments (or at least something smaller than 1-2GB increments). Something where users pay for close to the actual bandwidth used, rather than tiered plans where the customer has the choice of an unrealistically small amount of data for half the price of an unrealistically large amount of data. Phone companies are getting away with not providing the service their customers want, and instead essentially forcing them to pay for the most expensive option since the less-expensive ones are insufficient (sometimes).
    
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I can't speak for everyone, but I think the main frustration isn't the quantity of data, but rather the price:quantity ratio. "Unlimited" data is unnecessary. But to be honest, with the size of various forms of media only getting bigger and bigger, plans like $30 for 2GB isn't a good deal. The dollar:GB ratio is sucky, and I think the dollar side should go down if the data side is to stay the same. $30 isn't a ton of money in the grand scheme of things, but it's worth way more than 2GB of mobile data. And with "the cloud" becoming more and more present, people will rely more and more on their data plans and easily exceed them.

I'd be so much less disgruntled if I saw plans where the normal voice-only plan price is the same for smartphones, but includes 150mb of data (since phone companies claim that access to data is "necessary" for "smartphone" devices, shouldn't a small amount of data be included with a typical plan?), and then it's something like $0.50 per 100Mb thereafter, billed in 100mb increments (or at least something smaller than 1-2GB increments). Something where users pay for close to the actual bandwidth used, rather than tiered plans where the customer has the choice of an unrealistically small amount of data for half the price of an unrealistically large amount of data. Phone companies are getting away with not providing the service their customers want, and instead essentially forcing them to pay for the most expensive option since the less-expensive ones are insufficient (sometimes).
I agree completely. Give us affordable plans with data caps that make sense even for savvy users and it won't be a big deal.
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Any idea if I got an unlimited 4g LTE plan before this happened if I would be grandfathered in? If so I may bite the bullet on that.
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