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AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500/GB 339

GMGruman writes "No doubt in a move to demonstrate how having fewer carriers (once it buys T-Mobile) will be good for US cellular customers, AT&T has announced lower data pricing for customers not on contract: On a per-gigabyte basis, GoPhone users will only pay $500 rather than the previous $5,000. Such a deal. The pricing is indeed lower, but even the best option for such users is five times more than regular customers pay. And given that pay-as-you-go pricing is what the poor and people living paycheck to paycheck use, the result is those who can afford the least still pay by far the most."
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AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500/GB

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @03:57PM (#35798282)

    T-mobile web day pass is $1.50/23hr, unlimited access.

  • canada overage costs (Score:5, Informative)

    by ustolemyname ( 1301665 ) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:00PM (#35798328)
    TELUS: $50/gb
    Rogers: $30/gb
  • Re:for pete's sake (Score:4, Informative)

    by schnell ( 163007 ) <me AT schnell DOT net> on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:55PM (#35799186) Homepage

    The rates you're getting sound very good - much better than typical US prepaid rates. However, the pricing from the submission is a typical Slashdot sensationalist headline (and hackjob Infoworld article) and is not really comparable. The actual pricing from TFA is:

    • $25 for 500MB
    • $15 for 100MB
    • $5 for 10MB

    So it's only $500/GB if you buy it in 10 MB increments ... kind of like how you'll pay about $150 for a bottle of bourbon if you buy it as shots vs. $25 buying the whole bottle at the liquor store.* But pointing that out evidently doesn't generate outrage and pageviews. Again, not nearly as good as 1 Euro per GB, but also not "$500 per GB."

    I know it's a lot to expect Slashdot to actually read things before posting, but I foolishly continue to hold out hope.

    * Happy hour and dive bars excluded. Add 50% if you are in New York City and 100% if you are in a trendy bar in New York City. Just give up if you are in Tokyo.

  • Re:for pete's sake (Score:5, Informative)

    by sortius_nod ( 1080919 ) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @05:59PM (#35800052) Homepage

    Look at what's happened here in Australia with Telstra. Cities have great service (ADSL2+, Cable, FiOS), anything outside the major centres, well, good luck. You might be able to get dialup. I stress might, as the pair gains systems out there can play havoc with dialup, and Telstra (the guys who own the cables) refuse to upgrade anything outside a CBD of a capital city.

    Having worked for Telstra in the plant assignment/activations area (cable records & line programming) I've seen 100 pair cables with maybe 10 pairs usable on it. Telstra refused to replace them as it's not economically viable for them.

    This is why I'm all for the National Broadband Network that's being developed over here. Government monopoly on wholesale to ensure equal service delivery across all communities.

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