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AT&T Changes its Smartphone data pricing

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Lee L

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    I know. THats why it would be nice if the phone would continue to use WIFI rather than jump back on the Cell data network when it is sitting ther ein your house with WIFI, working just fine two minutes before, but once it locks, it starts using the capped network. Of course Apple never had to worry about this before.

    I am also thinking about keeping the $30 a month unlimited plan as while I max at about 600 meg now and it seems pretty safe to take the 2gig plan for $25, who knows what happens in a year or two or even next month after background applications come with 4.0

    HA, thats just what one of the Geniuses at teh apple store suggested when I was chatting with him about it. Just turn the phone off each night. I suppose I could do that, but whats the point of having the darn phone if I have to babysit everything. I thought I bought an Apple product for it to "just work" ;)
     
  2. Doug Brott

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    You can actually limit the size of the initial push now .. so it's not necessarily something that would rack up even if you received a large amount of messages.
     
  3. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    I had a tethering app with my blackberries, and tethering is built into the rom I have installed on my Nexus 1.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

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    Hopefully Apple will take some suggestions and consider supporting use of Wifi in "locked" mode when you are able to connect to a local network.

    Turning off a computer to avoid data usage is one thing... but if you had to turn off your phone, then it ceases to be most useful as a phone while off!

    I actually had to disable email on my iPhone because I couldn't figure out a way to stop it from pushing/checking for emails. Even when I went and set it to not push email except when running the mail app... I periodically would see the email icon light up with a new message count as it had gone and checked anyway.
     
  5. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Mine never checks my email unless I tell it to.

    I have the push set to manually. :shrug:


    Mike
     
  6. Lee L

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    Interesting. So, I reset the phone usage stats last night and left it in the clock radio dock. I only had a few kb of up and down, but I had 8 or 10 emails when I woke up. SO, it seems that maybe while it is charging it uses WIFI, but on battery it goes into on.off connection mode and uses 3G.

    I'll have to keep checking over the next few days.
     
  7. The Merg

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    What would be great was if you could just turn off 3G data use on the phone and use it exclusively with WiFi. There's enough places to get WiFi out there that I would be covered for when I need to use it.

    - Merg
     
  8. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    If you have the unlimited data plan you would have unlimited email. At least that is what is included in my plan.
     
  9. wingrider01

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    App yes - the ability to use without the additional tethering cost option was not
     
  10. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    I have been tethering my laptop to my phones for over 6 months and haven't paid any additionall fees above my data plan costs which does not include tethering.
     
  11. Grentz

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    Most can get away with it, but they do analyze data use patterns and will charge you overages if they catch you tethering on a non-tether plan.
     
  12. BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    I'm well aware of that, but I don't do it enough that my data usage has rung any alarms. And with all the surfing and downloading I do with my N1, and having the unlimited plan, I think that I would have to really abuse the tethering to cause any issues.
     

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