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AT&T exec talks Google, ‘unlimited’ plan for iPhone

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

AT&T’s president of national distribution, Glenn Laurie, has revealed in an interview that the wireless provider will be recommending an “unlimited” plan for iPhone customers. When asked about the handset’s full-featured browser, Laurie replied: “I think it will be great for us, and here’s why. One of the things with this device — people are going to be asked to have an unlimited package — people are going to have to have a package with us to browse.” Laurie refused to answer a question about possible subsidizing of the device, but did mention some new features, stating “There are other things — you have the widgets, some of the Google applications that are coming — there are just so many things here that the price will not be an issue.”

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1

Well Duh!
Anyone with a Treo can tell you that going without an unlimited data package is a disaster.  The ability of things to magically run in the background and ping various servers just makes this kinda obvious. Without unlimited data, the iPhone will be a brick.

Posted by Dopial on May 29, 2007 at 6:55 AM (PDT)

2

AT&T seriously needs a family unlimited data plan.  My wife and kids all want iPhones.. but they won’t get them if it means $40 x 3, and that doesn’t even include voice!

Posted by MarvinK on May 29, 2007 at 10:11 AM (PDT)

3

...cingular’s unlimited plan is ridiculous…$40/month is insane.

Sprint’s got ‘em *way* beat…if they came out with a similarly priced plan (15/mo for unlimited internets), I’d consider the iPhone.

Posted by OnlyShawn on May 29, 2007 at 10:25 AM (PDT)

4

Dudes, I would pay $40/mo for unlimited data. In Canada, unlimited data plans don’t even exist, and a 200MB/mo plan costs $100!

Posted by FilioDeAriaza on May 29, 2007 at 10:49 AM (PDT)

5

In other words:  “We have an exclusive deal for selling the iPhone so we’re going to fleece the customers out of as much money as possible”.

This surprises anyone how?  It’s like the old “oh, you want a steering wheel with that new car?”.  They’ll just nickel and dime you with all the extra charges to get a working iPhone.

Posted by m.sherman on May 29, 2007 at 10:49 AM (PDT)

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“There are other things — you have the widgets, some of the Google applications that are coming — there are just so many things here that the price will not be an issue.”
WOW! Widgets and a few other google applications will be included in the price of the iPhone?!!! Sorry, I don’t believe widgets and other google apps are worth the near $500(min) price point with the iPhone.

Posted by doompod on May 29, 2007 at 2:23 PM (PDT)

7

Keep in mind the iPhone, along with all the other marvelous, albeit, various, superfluous data devices on the market, is just another expensive toy for those with expendable incomes.  It’s just the vehicle whereby service is made available—it’s a point A to point B issue, not one of cost.  Some want the nicest and fasted car just to get to work, where others’ are content taking the bus and brown-bagging it.  Sure is nice to pull up in that Beamer, but the monthly payment really takes a sizable bite out of the budget.  Still, the iPhone really could break new ground on the demand for accessing the Internet via cell phone and hand-held data devices, which in turn may create higher demand and lower costs for the rest.  Remember when the first personal computer was introduced or the compact CD?  Annalists’ assumed these would never make it the the consumer sector, but look at us today.

Posted by corvid on May 29, 2007 at 3:12 PM (PDT)

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— there are just so many things here that the price will not be an issue.”

Where I come from and on my budget… price is always an issue.

Posted by 3rdEye on May 29, 2007 at 3:54 PM (PDT)

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Point one - I can’t believe there are still wireless companies that limit mobile internet usage.  This is 2007.  Access should be universal, and cost MUCH less than $40.

Point two - I still can’t believe this device will not have any sort of high speed internet connection.  It’s a sad state of affairs when they want you to pay $40 a month for standard GPRS connection, on a $500 device.  I’ll keep my Treo, thank you, AND I’ll connect at near broadband speeds - on a slow day I’ll still be browsing 5 times faster than the iPhone.

Posted by ThatOneGuy on June 2, 2007 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

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