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The Almighty Buck The Internet Wireless Networking

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 pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @04:01PM (#35798344)

    "those who can afford the least still pay by far the most."

    could perhaps more accurately be written:

    "those who typically use the least get charged the most per unit."

    or shortened to:

    "you save money if you buy in bulk."

    Of course, I'm not defending the outrageous rates—just the melodramatic language.

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

    by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Tuesday April 12, 2011 @05:09PM (#35799388)

    Owning a smart phone with a data plan isn't a human right. Don't want to pay that much for the data plan? Don't. Live without it. Billions do it every day.

    Controlling a piece of a the public airways isn't a corporate right. Don't want to charge reasonable rates for data plans? Don't. Live without that government granted monopoly on public property. All the other corporations do it every day.

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