Originally Posted by Craig Horlacher
How much bandwidth do you use in a typical month?
Good question. Oddly enough, I've actually done some analysis. Over the past 12 months I have exceeded 200M, 7 times, but never exceeded 400M. I have the 2G plan for $25/month, which comes out to $300. The 200M plan is $15, and they charge you $15 for each 200M you go over. So I would have 5 months at $15 ($75) plus 7 months at $30 ($210) for a total of $285. So AT&T made money on me because I prefer not to worry about my usage and have consistant bills. If I had gone over 1 more time it would have been break even, 4x$15 + 8x$30 ($300). Curently then, as long as you stay under 400M, you can go over your 200M, 2 out of 3 months and break even between the 200M and 2G plans.
Could do the same math with the $20, 300M plan, knowing I only went over 300M twice in the last 12 months. New rate structure would be 10x$20 + 2x$40 ($280). Fairly comparable, but opting for the next tier would now be 12x$30 ($360).
I am of course also paying for the basic service plus texting, on top of (or underneath) the data plan. And I don't tether because somehow the bits that come from the tower and go through my phone to a laptop are special bits and are way more expensive than just regular old bits that stop at my phone.
Or I could check out Walmart's $30 T-Mobile plan with 5Gig, unlimited text and 100 voice minutes and tell AT&T to pound sand.
Actually what I would really like is the 1.8Gig of bits between the 200M $15 plan and the $25 2G plan that apparently only cost $10.