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AT and T Baits then Switches

I had an AT&T Air Card, I paid $38 to “activate it” (which took 1 minute 45 seconds on the computer at AT&T) and $60 a month for 5GB of data. I needed to be able to take orders and set up demoes anywhere. I asked them at the time why it was $60 a month for 5GB and $29.95 for unlimited for the iPad. No one could tell me. After the 3G iPad came out I decided I’d use it instead since I’d be saving $30 a month for unlimited 3G access. Well my 3G iPad is being shipped on June 7th, the day the new rates go into effect. So when I go to activate my choice will be DataPlus which is $15 for 200MB and $15 for each additional 200MB. Wha? The DataPro plan is $25 a month for 2GB a month and $10 for each additional GB of data.

Obviously AT&T wants you to get the 200MB plan where data is $75 a GB. The original iPad deal was no contract and you could upgrade on a month-to-month basis but I imagine that is gone too. In other words in the deal iPad originally offered you could get the $14.95 plan and upgrade to the unlimited in any month and then downgrade. It actually made a lot of sense considering the data transfer over 3G would be slower than other methods anyway.

So I can’t help but wonder what iPad 3G sales would be like if this had been the deal from the beginning. I bought the iPad (yet to receive it) specifically to get this deal and now it will be going away. I imagine today will be a down day in iPad sales as cancellations roll in after hearing this. Also if they wonder why people jailbreak and tether their phones they might want to look at this.

$14.95 at our webhosting company Netfishbowl gets you unlimited bandwidth. Comcast does great high speed for $49 a month – unlimited. Can cell phone towers add enough cost to actually justify $75 a GB? Even $12.50 a GB?

It’s time to push your local area leaders to turn your community into a hotspot and end this deathgrip on access by telcos.

Also this whole flim flam makes the modest Peek start to look really, really good.


About xackr

Xacking is zenhacks through tech (preferably) lo-cost hi-perf tech. Bootstrapping yourself to rockstar status without breaking bank or stones. I started the idea of xacking as being a way to carry flash drives around with all your key stuff. Now you can stick a computer on a stick. I've since drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and explore bang for buck when the initial buyin is HIGH but quality. The secret? Make it last a long time.


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