Re: Unlimited Minutes Plans - Why so much more than Verizon?
07-18-2012 08:24:38 AM
I don't like the new plans at all so hopefully if AT&T does come out with their own, they price them better.
You can bet your bottom dollar that they will price them better...for themselves (AT&T). Think I'm wrong? Wait until the pundits and/or pro-AT&T folks come out and argue that companies are in business to make money first, not make customers satisfied first.
For once I agree with you - after all ATT is a for profit business, pricing is going ot be set to what will maintain suitable profit margin on the services - basic business 101 and stockholder dividends.
Offering unlimited voice and texting for a low cost if nothing but eye candy, voice and text is not the profit producer. Have the lowest 5 phone voice plan on the familty accounts along with unlimited texting and end up rolling over about 650 minutes a month. Data is the profie producer, att might be a few bucks lower then verizon when they offer it, or theey might offer 1 more GB for the the same cost that Verizon offers a single GB shared plan for.
Although I won't necessarily disagree with you as far as data being a big profit generator, I think that, until the iPhone came around, text plans were a major profit generator--texts don't consume a ton of data, they more or less piggyback off the same cellular network as voice--i.e., you don't need a 3G network to send/receive text messages--so no bandwidth issues there.
umlimited texting with mobile to any mobile feature is a money loser for them with me - I originally had unlimited voice prior to this coming into affect for multiple family plans, now I have them all at 700 minute with unlimited text and M2AM and still roll over about an average of 550 - 600 minutes, so in effect they lost the income from two unlimited family plans with 5 phones each. Again the Iphone had little bearing on this, it needed a texting plan also
wont be long before edge is gone and 3g is the minimum network connectivity, t-mobile is already phasing it out for their lte netwrk
My point was that before the iPhone came out, text plans were a larger profit generator than data plans--I mean, how much more profit was AT&T making off of data plans BEFORE the iPhone came out, compared to what they were making off of texting plans? You can't tell me that, before the iPhone, there were more subscribed data plans than there were text plans...and remember, the $30 (unlimited) smartphone data plan hadn't even come out yet. If there were no such thing as smartphones, would you still think that data plans would be a wireless carrier's most-significant profit-generator?
Re: 3G being the minimum network--I would hope if that were the case, then that would hopefully result in wireless phone companies improving their 3G network in more than a few places; 3G (signal strength) in my neighborhood is weak, at best...and heck, even in more than a few places (and I'm not just talking about being out in the middle of nowhere) I've seen my 3G signal drop down to EDGE...and in a few cases, even down to GPRS.