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3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 10, 2010, 18:05 Nucas
 
Alamar wrote on Jun 10, 2010, 16:12:
I have a choice as a customer? Crazy thought...
if you're still using your moto razr, sure. i don't know of any current major carrier that lets you activate a smart phone without a data plan.

your imminent "choice" as a customer is to be extorted, or not use a smart phone.

i've been thinking for two years that this belief that "cloud computing" is the future is fairy tale shit at best. tiered pricing is the future and at the moment the rates are price gouging. 200 megs a month? i've gone over that with my droid just running software and app updates for fucks sake.
 
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2. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 10, 2010, 17:26 DG
 
In UK it's typically 5 (~$7) for 500MB. This is relatively new though, they used to be more generous, with bigger allowances and being much more lax with the "fair use" policy (i.e. had to go over for consecutive months before they'd charge).

Specific phones can sweeter, for example T-Mobile's is 3GB if on an Android phone and O2 do 1GB for an iPhone. This "upgrade" allowance is automatic for the right phone and at no extra cost. But these are specific deals those networks made with the phone manufacturers to secure exclusives and at some point that agreement is going to expire.

The price is right but the data really should be 3GB. 500MB is the size of the HQ trailer for the Dark Knight (64mb), and should really be the basic, entry-level package, for low-use customers. But they're still advertising it as "unlimited internet*"; "*fair use policy applies" (and detail on that fair use is often very hard to find)Yet the ads are talking about how you can download music, movies, youtube etc.

And IIRC only T-Mobile has a facility to bulk-buy an extra allowance for the month. All the others, and even on TMob if you don't notice, charge through the nose for going over. Personally I think they're worried that using Facebook and email (not forgetting instant messengers) is going to hammer their extremely high-margin text messaging.
 
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1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 10, 2010, 16:12 Alamar
 
Price Gouging my ass...

I love how they take a $75 amount and say it's too much (agreed), but base it off usage 4 years from now...

I hate how much my car in 2020 is going to cost... : P

I personally don't use a data plan because they cost too much... Wait... I have a choice as a customer? Crazy thought...

-Alamar
 
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