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I also bought an AT&T Wi-Fi device with a 5 gigabyte plan to replace my Hughes Net Satellite internet service at my house – AT&T is faster and cheaper on that so far, so I figure it helps offset the ridiculous cost of my two iPhones. There’s no slow down – they just update me on my usage and charge me $10 for each GB over my limit and they never complain that I’m hurting their network. So, from my experience, you only hurt their precious network if you’re not paying extra for the tiny amount that they consider to be excessive usage. Apparently, that’s a VERY profitable attitude to have.
Good post nljI can relate I'm glad I'm grandfathered because I use the data plan for my iPhone and iPad...We are also lucky to be living in Texas and not NY where it's hard to get a signal because of all the people on the network....I use wifi more than I use 3G,so the unlimited is not that big of a deal...Yet.
I've got LOTS of experience with AT&T and their data plans! And, without exception, each experience has cost me way more than I originally thought it would – though they’ve never slowed my speed. Just because of the cost, I really tried to switch to other carriers, but none offer the coverage area that AT&T does - it's really disheartening.
It finally occurred to me that if I’m a typical customer, then they must be REALLY profitable, so I began purchasing their stock (T). So, at least I’m getting 6% returns in dividends from them – I figure it’ll take about a $50,000 investment to make enough dividends to pay for my mobile telephone bill.