When we reported to you the other day that AT&T were to roll out new data plan charges for 2010 we knew that this would upset a huge percentage of the carriers customers. There are those who will end up saving money with these news costs, but those who have an Apple iPad or iPhone will end up paying more as time goes on.
The new data plans will coincide with WWDC 2010 and start on June 7, users will have to pay $25 per month to receive up to 2GB of data per month, if you go over that then the price will be $10 per gigabyte. We have to inform you that this only applies to new customers, existing customers will still benefit from an all you can eat buffet of data.
Wondering if you are happy with this latest change will only apply to new customers — not certain if those already on AT&T will care that those new to the carrier will get this bum deal?
2GB of data does not sound that bad at first glance, but those who will sign up to AT&T to get their hands on the new iPad or the new 2010 iPhone when Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs announces it at the Worldwide Developers Conference tomorrow will not. The reason for this is simple — these devices are made for doing much more than browsing the net, you can watch videos on them or download music via iTunes or apps via the App Store, all of which will take you way over that 2GB data limit.
David Goldman from CNN Money points at that iPad owners signed up to Netflix will only be able to stream from 6 to 12 hours of movies or TV shows — depending on the quality. Goldman made a great point when he suggested that these new AT&T monthly data plans are much like the cell phone plans that we were used to in the early days — so you can understand users frustration.
We wanted to know if users would be happy about the cost of these new data plans, so we turned to a poll on Cnet News to learn more. 37 percent of the votes have come from existing customers, where they say that they will keep their $30 plan forever — who can blame them? 29 percent are angry and wish that the unlimited were still available. You do not have to be a genius to understand that the masses are not happy — get the full results of that poll by visiting Cnet News via the link above.