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I'm switch from AT&T this weekend because of there horrible coverage, speed, and prices. I had unlimited data and I was fine with that, then magically my bill INCREASED with a DECREASE in service.....what the hell? I'm switch to Verizon for unlimited data and 20x the network speed, and don't plan to go back for a long time. Absolutely cannot wait for my Thunderbolt on Sat.
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2GB is actually a lot for a phone by itself. I used to be on a 200mb data plan with my iPhone (changed to no data and LG Shine later) and I never went over because I never had the need to be somewhere without wifi while streaming a Youtube video or tethering or downloading lots of apps. Wifi is so much faster than 3G/4G so downloading large things on 3G/4G never made sense. Plus, my apartment, my friend's places, college campus, work all have wifi. Heck, even my grocery store has wifi for free. I can understand that if you're a business man that needs to stream a business meeting while on the go, but I'd like to think that person would be using wifi for better speeds. If you surf the web, facebook, twitter, check mail, ebay, craigslist, read news, surf OCN, etc. on 3G/4G, all that doesn't add up to 2GB unless its lots of big pictures or videos.

If you really want to tether, you might as well get Mifi. Although, I'd wait for prices to come down on the mifi device.

I'm not trying to defend AT&T (or any other mobile company) for this practice and I agree that they charge WAY too much for 3G/4G (they charge too much for texting also...). But if you go over 2GB of data in a month, you might want to reconsider your usage or maybe change to a different provider. Like others have mentioned, there are "ways" to get kicked off a plan and switch, and there are ways to keep track how much data you use.
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I still can't fathom how AT&T is allowed to continue their current business practices. They seriously need to be paying off people at the FCC. Everything about what they are doing these days is so unethical, and abuse
Um, that's exactly what they do.


So much for the idea of the internet. Everything's being locked down.
post #44 of 61
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2GB is actually a lot for a phone by itself. I used to be on a 200mb data plan with my iPhone (changed to no data and LG Shine later) and I never went over because I never had the need to be somewhere without wifi while streaming a Youtube video or tethering or downloading lots of apps. Wifi is so much faster than 3G/4G so downloading large things on 3G/4G never made sense. Plus, my apartment, my friend's places, college campus, work all have wifi. Heck, even my grocery store has wifi for free. I can understand that if you're a business man that needs to stream a business meeting while on the go, but I'd like to think that person would be using wifi for better speeds. If you surf the web, facebook, twitter, check mail, ebay, craigslist, read news, surf OCN, etc. on 3G/4G, all that doesn't add up to 2GB unless its lots of big pictures or videos.

If you really want to tether, you might as well get Mifi. Although, I'd wait for prices to come down on the mifi device.

I'm not trying to defend AT&T (or any other mobile company) for this practice and I agree that they charge WAY too much for 3G/4G (they charge too much for texting also...). But if you go over 2GB of data in a month, you might want to reconsider your usage or maybe change to a different provider. Like others have mentioned, there are "ways" to get kicked off a plan and switch, and there are ways to keep track how much data you use.
It is ridiculously easy to go over 2GB. Just because you can use wifi doesn't mean they should be allowed to charge out the *** for pitiful amounts of bandwidth.
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I take it you were grandfathered into that plan. Look at what a NEW plan costs and say that. Secondly 2GB is a joke and can be hit in a week with just moderate browsing and your it doesn't effect me so I don't care attitude is what allows them to get away with this BS.

Verizons prices are somewhat similar but they do not have ridiculous caps and overages on data like AT&T. And sprint is far cheaper when it comes to data. AT&T is the only wireless provider out their with such restrictive data policies.
No offence intended, but cry me a river. For $58 I get 500mb data and thats the BEST plan I can get for that price. 2gb in a week? I go through 300-400mb/mo.
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It is ridiculously easy to go over 2GB. Just because you can use wifi doesn't mean they should be allowed to charge out the *** for pitiful amounts of bandwidth.
I explained that I think it's wrong that they charge so much. I agree with you there. I wish they would charge less. What I don't agree with is you saying that it's "ridiculously easy" to go over 2GB in a week. Do you not use wifi with your phone?

I mean, you even mentioned tethering. I don't think the AT&T 3G/4G phone data plans were designed for that. AT&T has made that clear by getting rid of unlimited data plans for phones and offering other plans for computers. I know it sucks that AT&T did that, but if you don't like it, then choose another carrier. It's not like all the carriers are doing it and you have no choice.
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I'm cancelling my ATT mobile contract tomorrow. they suck. I'll gladly pay my $235 fee. Already have my phone from Verizon coming....

I got the Droid X for free... can't beat that... Using the Tilt2 now.... by using, i mean not usable.... wow.
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I can see myself going over 2GB in a week once I get the Thunderbolt. St. Louis is well saturated with 4G and Verizon's 4G has been test over 10Mbps, someplaces 20+, so downloading a bunch of apps, streaming movies and such at my work where we don't have WiFi will use a LOT of bandwidth. Plus real 4G is faster then most places will give you over WiFi.

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I'm cancelling my ATT mobile contract tomorrow. they suck. I'll gladly pay my $235 fee. Already have my phone from Verizon coming....

I got the Droid X for free... can't beat that... Using the Tilt2 now.... by using, i mean not usable.... wow.
I have the Tilt 2 also and it's worthless! Takes so long to load anything and the "marketplace" has nothing usefull unless you pay like $5.
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I am so glad that I only use my phone for phone calls. I don't do mobile anything, no need to. I don't feel the need to be helplessly consumed by mobile electronics all day.

I guess I'm just too old for the mobile craze that has seemed to grasp those in the generations after mine...
    
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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/3...ct-just-curse/

Now if only this worked for mobile phones
There's only 2 ways this can go. Either the customer behaves abusively towards AT&T or AT&T behaves abusively towards the customer. AT&T, Verizon all these cable tv and internet companies use the standard prison model of conduct.
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