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[Neowin] O2 mirrors AT&T, dumps iPhone unlimited data plan

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UK network provider O2 has followed in the footsteps of their American counterparts by scrapping unlimited data plans for the new iPhone 4.

With the release of the next iPhone looming, O2 has announced its new data plans and their prices. Calling the new plans a "more transparent pricing model tied to usage", O2 claims based on current usage patterns, 97% of O2 smartphone customers would not need to buy additional data allowances, "as the lowest bundle (500MB) provides at least 2.5 times the average O2 customer’s current use."

The new data plans mean customers spending between £25-£35 a month will receive 500MB, those spending £40-£45 will receive 750MB a month and if you're happy to part with a £60 a month you'll get a measly 1GB.

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Well on T-mobile with my Hero I get 1gb download allowence and Unlimited usage.
(by unlimited i mean even after my DL usuage is done i don't get charged for use)

£5 a month. o2 or a rip off in that respect. my bill is £35 altogether so i get better data
at nearly half of o2's pricing. Oh Snap!
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In before people start complaining while not realizing that this will save them money...
     
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In before people start complaining while not realizing that this will save them money...
I don't know. I quite like having unlimited data. Especially when Im on vacation. Tethering FTW. I don't need to pay for some overpriced AT&T or Verizon garbage every month that gives you a measly 200MB limit for 3G service.

Not to mention, with AT&T that is in the US, the unlimited data plan was $30 month. The 2GB plan is $25 month. I'm only saving $60 a year between unlimited and 2 measly GBs. That may seem like alot of money saving, but imagine how much money you'd save by not buying that super grande coffee every morning? Or how about, like my first example, not buying those stupid data cards/usb things and just using your phone?
Messaging is like that too. It jumps from 200 messages a month to 1,500 to unlimited. Each within $5 of each other. It's retarded.
Gimme 4GB a month for $20 and maybe I would back down from unlimited. Gimme 500 messages a month and I would back down from 1,500. But no, they pull extra for less.
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 6/10/10 at 11:05am
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I don't know. I quite like having unlimited data. Especially when Im on vacation. Tethering FTW. I don't need to pay for some overpriced AT&T or Verizon garbage every month that gives you a measly 200MB limit for 3G service.

Not to mention, with AT&T that is in the US, the unlimited data plan was $30 month. The 2GB plan is $25 month. I'm only saving $60 a year between unlimited and 2 measly GBs. That may seem like alot of money saving, but imagine how much money you'd save by not buying that super grande coffee every morning? Or how about, like my first example, not buying those stupid data cards/usb things and just using your phone?
Messaging is like that too. It jumps from 200 messages a month to 1,500 to unlimited. Each within $5 of each other. It's retarded.
Gimme 4GB a month for $20 and maybe I would back down from unlimited. Gimme 500 messages a month and I would back down from 1,500. But no, they pull extra for less.
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Gimme 4GB a month for $20 and maybe I would back down from unlimited. Gimme 500 messages a month and I would back down from 1,500. But no, they pull extra for less.
Exactly, yes. I don't even have an iPhone, but I was all gearing up to buy a couple iPhone 4s...not anymore.

It's not that I'm against caps and network management in general, it's these asinine low caps that they try to spin as "cheaper for almost everyone". Bull effin crap, guys. A 4-5GB cap seems eminently reasonable, as close to "unlimited" as we probably need to be. People using their iPhones the way they were designed to be used will rarely exceed that bandwidth. But the only people that can stay under that ridiculous 200MB cap, or even probably this 1GB cap in the UK, are people that probably shouldn't even have a frickin iPhone in the first place because they aren't using the thing!

I also believe that any and all bandwidth used for unwanted advertising should not count against your cap. Everyone is going to have to start jailbreaking and installing ad blockers to make sure iAds and Google isn't sucking up 30% of your limited bandwidth allowance.
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Frig, AT&T has screwed it up for the rest of us. I just hope Rogers doesn't do anything random like this, because that would completely just suck.
     
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Have you guys actually looked to see how much data you use (tethering excluded since without a tethering plan, you're doing it against the rules anyway)?

My wife gets work email (100-200/day) and watches about an hour a day of streaming video on her iPhone. She uses about 125mb/mo.

I get my work email and do some occasional web surfing on my Tilt2. I use under 100mb/mo.

If you look at your statement, you'd be surprised at how little data you actually use.

That said, you can get a 3 and 4gb plan any time you use that much data - they cost $35 and $45 respectively. It's not like Comcast where they send you a nastygram saying that you've exceeded your limit and then turn off your service if you do it again.
     
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$35---45..... Man I don't get how some people will pay that much for data plan when my home internet line costs just about the same for unlimited. (Well 250GB because its comcast.)
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My wife gets work email (100-200/day) and watches about an hour a day of streaming video on her iPhone. She uses about 125mb/mo.
That doesn't jove with AT&T's own claims...they said that the 200MB cap was equal to about 20 minutes of video! Strange.

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It's not like Comcast where they send you a nastygram saying that you've exceeded your limit and then turn off your service if you do it again.
Difference is that a 250GB cap is eminently fair. Only the true torrent freaks that never, ever stop torrenting (i.e. the abusers) will ever likely hit that cap. But if I can hit a 2GB cap by watching a couple of streaming NetFlix movies, that's a problem.
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