05-27-2013 12:28:31 AM
For ages, AT&T has subsidizes the price of mobile phones for customers. Some customers like paying monthly for their phones, but I've never liked that. I rarely purchased phones from AT&T, and try to avoid it if possible (and certain will now after AT&T refused to unlock the last phone I purchased for my wife after telling me when I bought it that they would unlock it). I want unlocked phones since I travel, and I typically buy them directly from manufacturers, overseas, or from a company in NYC that imported phones from overseas.
In recent years, there have been more and more options for users who want to buy unlocked phones. Motorola was selling unlocked phones for a while (before iPhone or Android), Google has its Nexus line, Samsung will be offering the S4 on Google Play, and HTC sells an unlocked version of its HTC One phone. I've heard Apple is also selling the iPhone unlocked. Apparently, customer demand is picking up for unlocked versions of phones.
So, does anyone know if AT&T is considering a rate option that does not include the subsidized phone price when there is no phone to subsidize? As I stare my my AT&T phone bill and compare that to what I would be paying with T-Mobile, it's extremely hard to justify not making the switch to T-Mobile. Seriously. I have three mobile phones in my family, with a limited number of voice minutes (which we do not really consume), unlimited text (which is also sparingly consumed), and data plans. That all adds up. With T-Mobile, the price for unlimited voice and text, plus 2.5GB of data per phone is $120. That's absolutely amazing. Yeah, AT&T has more coverage, but the annual savings are so high that I could live without data in the rare instances where I would be outside the coverage area.
On the whole, I like AT&T and I've been a customer for a very long time. Nonetheless, I really do not like being locked into a contract and I do not like those higher prices that I have to pay that AT&T claims is to offset the cost of phones (that I do not buy).
Does anyome know if AT&T intends to offer a lower-cost rate plan for those of us who purchase our own phones?
05-27-2013 07:27:04 AM
Actually, they already are. It is called Aio Wireless. It is only being sold in a few locations but I believe service will eventually be sold nationally.
05-28-2013 04:03:00 PM
It would be nice to have the same service options (LTE, for example) that postpaid customers have, though. I've supported the unsubsidized model for a while now, and would like to see AT&T bring it as a full part of the existing network and company.