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So from my POV.. I have unlimited data. If I got a dear John letter and actually called them they could offer me the 'updated account' and if I refused legally they could hit me for backing out of the contract for early termination. BUT if I let it go and they simply rewrite my plan then they are the ones in violation of my pre existing agreement and I could legally get out of the contract scott free. I went through a similar issue with Sprint once on a business account. At the time it was established I was getting a 15% discount but upon leaving my employer they wanted me to 'update my contract'. I told them I was fine with it as it was and if they wanted they could cancel my contract at their discretion. In the end they left it alone and just let the contract ride out and had the updated agreement waiting when I tried to do an upgrade.
I think this whole AT&T thing is a matter of 'only the guilty' will actually call in to fight it. Or at least that is what they are hoping. Perhaps I just hijacked this thread.. was not my intent at all.
Last edited by HarshReality; 03-18-2011 at 08:43 PM.
*Disclaimer: I tend to speak what pops in my head immediately when it happens. As a result when I type it, the idea sounds great.. more often than not I realize after the fact that I was incorrect or shoot down my own theories. Flaming me does no good as I most likely have done it myself already.
My opinion on this:
They are offering unlimited data.
They are getting mad about power users actually utilizing their data, above the average person (Ignoring for the moment, whether they are tethered or not) to the point where their own networks are having trouble keeping up.
The elephant in the room isn't that tethered people are using too much data, it's that the carriers simply can't handle their own advertised UNLIMITED data rates for the speeds.
It's their own lack of infrastructure that leads them to add that qualifying line near their unlimited statement that they can basically cancel you at any time they think you are overusing it... And that same lack of infrastructure that causes them to nickle and dime tetherers with fairly ludicrous data charges and limitations.
Now personally, I have, and will continue to tether when needed. I am even willing to pay for this service per month. What I am not willing to do, is pay the ridiculously high comparative rates for the ridiculously low comparative data caps. If Verizon put tether as a $10 addon, for 5gb, with a reasonable auto-applied $1-$2 charge for every GB over that onto your bill, they'd probably make MORE money, since many people would pay for it out of convenience of the option, even if they barely/rarely used it.
I do agree with your ideas on a tethering plan though. $20 for 2GB is ridiculous, they need to come up with something better then that.
Turtle bit me.I thought they were slow....they snap so fast. ................. <3
They're not going to undercut their mobile broadband. It's $50 for 5gigs ($10 per gig, same as $20 for 2 gig tether) and $80 for 10gigs.