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Old 05-07-2003, 07:30 AM
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Default Rumour Mill: AT&T to Offer Unlimited GPRS for $24.99

This is a completely unsubstantiated rumour, and I have no way of confirming it, but this is great news for those of you in an AT&T service area if it comes true! $24.99 is a reasonable rate for all-you-can-eat GPRS, and as carriers offer plans like this, I think we'll see a real evolution of wireless services. When people aren't in the "I'm paying for this every time I use it" mentality, they're more inclined to experiment, and even pay for services that they find useful.
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Old 05-07-2003, 09:28 AM
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This is information that I just heard about as well when I called the data tech support for AWS. The guy told me that it was coming 'soon', but that could mean days, or weeks. He didn't seem to think it was months. This is huge, as now i can browse with my Nokia 6310i w/o worrying about cost. This will hopefully also prompt for better devices that use bluetooth for connectivity. It just seems to work so well for internet->phones->handheld. :mrgreen:

Let's hope now that they just start aggressively expanding their coverage, then this will ROCK!!!!
Will be surfing more often for sure :google:

ps, this is my first post i think, so, WOOOHOOOO

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Old 05-07-2003, 02:38 PM
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Yes, I also think flat rate is the way to go. I don't know how much bandwidth has been allocated to GPRS but It surely is not picking up as fast as mobile operators were hoping for.

So, it's about time that they put all this bandwidth in full use. But I can understand that it is difficult for operators to offer so much data fo so little cost when they are used to charge you like 20p for a 168 bytes (if I remember correctly) Text message. But I can see that there is a business case. For example poeple would pay a flat rate and be allowed to use the service as it is without speed guarantee. Then, for more demanding users, they could charge a premium and in return guarantee them a minimum quality of service. The data delivered to these users would then be prioritised over 'flat-rate' users. I would not mind such a compromise.
 
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Old 05-07-2003, 03:17 PM
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DANG!!

Why doesn't Passion have sources like "Sandra the sexy sales staff?" Geeez....all I ever get are reported posts, and whiners.

I wouldn't be surprised if this were true. I remember listening to a couple of cellular network provider types at the PPC Summit last fall talking about issues like this. They projected the feeling that at the time the reason for not having affordable unlimited plans such as this was that they were afraid people would use them, and they were not confident that their systems were strong enough to handle the potential load. I'm sure they have built their systems up enough now that they feel they can now become more aggresive in their approach.

We have had unlimited plans such as this here in Canada for some time now. I think largely because there just aren't enough of us up here using it, that it has caused any kind of problems.

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Old 05-07-2003, 03:23 PM
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Default Re: Rumour Mill: AT&T to Offer Unlimited GPRS for $24.99

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When people aren't in the "I'm paying for this every time I use it" mentality, they're more inclined to experiment, and even pay for services that they find useful.
The other side of this is ...

$25 added to my voice cell phone bill ($15) is a lot of money for someone who just wants to check things out. This is not likely to draw in more subscribers, just better utilize the system that's just sitting there now.

I think they should strive to increase adoption rate, which to me would be offer very low cost, no commitment use at some useful monthly level, or a six months free unlimited use trial, with a no cost cancellation provision.

Incidentally, I am still using (free) PocketNet, which is very suitable for a cell phone screen. (AT&T never did know how to market that, so they may not ever do any better with GPRS.) So, anything I have to pay for has got to be much superior.

Also, my local rep mentioned some partnership deal they recently did with another carrier that will very soon increase the coverage area greatly.
 
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Old 05-07-2003, 03:37 PM
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Awesome!!!!!! What else can I say?
 
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Old 05-07-2003, 03:54 PM
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Default Re: Rumour Mill: AT&T to Offer Unlimited GPRS for $24.99

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$25 added to my voice cell phone bill ($15) is a lot of money for someone who just wants to check things out. This is not likely to draw in more subscribers, just better utilize the system that's just sitting there now.
On the other hand, most people's cell phone bills (I think) are more than $15. Mine certainly is. Maybe they'll offer a free trial? That is, if this rumor is correct in the first place :lol:

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Incidentally, I am still using (free) PocketNet, which is very suitable for a cell phone screen. (AT&T never did know how to market that, so they may not ever do any better with GPRS.) So, anything I have to pay for has got to be much superior.
I think you'll have to pay sooner or later -- CDPD (e.g., PocketNet and others) is to be phased out in the US in the next 2-6 years, from what I've heard, although I could be wrong.

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Old 05-07-2003, 04:05 PM
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Wow... If this actually happens i will have to get an ATT account fast... Leaving my T-moble 20 a month for 10 mb in the dust. This would just be amazing. I dream of the day when i am free to use internet anywhere and everywhere. For now i can but it costs me a arm and your leg. hehe
 
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Old 05-07-2003, 04:13 PM
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Hey guys, I am in New York and am just looking at killing my land line and going wireless. I have been putting this off because of the expense and the confusing systems and standards in the USA. Can anyone make some recommendations on either information or systems?
 
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Old 05-07-2003, 05:36 PM
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:jawdrop: DUDE! *gets on his hands and knees and begs* Please let this be true!! I dropped wireless back in 2001 because CDMA sucked monkey feces, it was SLOOOOOW, and it was expensive. If I can get wireless for $25 a month!! :clap: 8O
 
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