TouchMyApps » AT&T http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 AT&T iPhone 4 pre-order system exposes personal information http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/16/att-iphone-4-pre-order-system-exposes-personal-information/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/16/att-iphone-4-pre-order-system-exposes-personal-information/#comments Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:05:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34648 Yes, again. AT&T’s special knack for customer dissatisfaction and exposing personal information just begs the question: why in the hell have Apple stuck with the telco giant for so long? The new iPhone 4 is a must-have for trendy tech pundits, but at what expense? With the stench of AT&T’s iPad email breach still hot … Read more]]>

Yes, again. AT&T’s special knack for customer dissatisfaction and exposing personal information just begs the question: why in the hell have Apple stuck with the telco giant for so long? The new iPhone 4 is a must-have for trendy tech pundits, but at what expense? With the stench of AT&T’s iPad email breach still hot in our nostrils, this one is just too sweet to pass over.

Thanks TheRegister

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iPad email leak; Chrome bugs plugged by Apple: failure of online press http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/10/ipad-email-leak-chrome-bugs-plugged-by-apple-failure-of-online-press/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/10/ipad-email-leak-chrome-bugs-plugged-by-apple-failure-of-online-press/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 07:42:00 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34314 Let me rant a bit. I’ve been using a horrible piece of software that cost me 200$ CAD. It’s called Microsoft Office 2008. Today, in the middle of a freelance job, it crashed. Badly. Three files I was using and saving religiously went back to square one. I consider it a mercy though as I … Read more]]>

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Let me rant a bit. I’ve been using a horrible piece of software that cost me 200$ CAD. It’s called Microsoft Office 2008. Today, in the middle of a freelance job, it crashed. Badly. Three files I was using and saving religiously went back to square one. I consider it a mercy though as I was fed up with that job anyway. But Microsoft Office 2008 problems aside, I’ve come across another troubling bit. TMA have made mistakes publishing stuff before. Hell, we’re bite-sized hobbyists. Prankster site, Gawker, however, isn’t. And neither is TechCrunch.

The pair made silly assumptions – headline-making, attention-grabbing assumptions today about Apple.

Firstly, Gawker took the anti-Apple side, writing: “Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed”, a negligent claim. The iPad did suffer a leak: 114 000 emails were leaked out in the open, but it wasn’t a breach from Apple’s garden, it was AT&T’s error. AT&T have explained things, turned the ‘feature’ off and hope the wind goes north.

Gawker (who own a vast network of attention-whoring websites) have an interesting history of publicity stuntwork. Buying the stolen iPhone 4 prototype is one. Their childish CES prank is another. Unfortunately, articles like this are free press (le sigh) for one of yellow-journalism’s biggest proponents.

TouchMyApps probably split in our opinion of Gawker. I like Gawker and Gizmodo as much as I repect Oprah while Louis and ChiffaN harbour less-focused animosity.

TechCrunch aren’t bullies and they’re certainly not childish crapheads either. But in reporting that Apple fixed a few Chrome bugs, they missed a little truth. Webkit, which powers Apple’s Safari and Google Chrome is a project that Apple open-sourced after a code fork in 2002. TechCrunch should have noted this. Apple didn’t ‘fix’ bugs in Chrome, they patched a bit of Webkit, the engine that runs both competitor’s browsers.

Today was an eye-opener. FGawker and TechCrunch, each took sides on Apple news. TechCrunch (bless them) took the highroad in comparison to Gawker’s outright lie: Apple DID patch code that is in Google Chrome and Safari. But Gawker, the Samsung (in more ways than one) of online media outlets, showed today that size doesn’t matter.

I am not for established publications like NYT or the Guardian lashing out at online media houses and developers – that is childishly anti-competitive. But blunders like today by big online media houses reference a problem: online journalism, despite its fastidious and openly partisan delivery of the goods, is flawed. It takes no time to gab up a blog post, grammar-correct it (right, so that’s something I’ve yet to suss), and doff its load to the interweb.

We — yes, TouchMyApps fits somewhere in among online media houses — are not professionals in the same sense as the blokes and blokets in the NYT and the Guardian. We are given to chase headlines, not facts. Who really monitors our claims? Our readers? Us? And after making a mistake, it’s pretty easy to just go in and patch things up because we don’t employ printing presses.

It’s no conspiracy that big houses want to control journalism. They ARE better in many ways. They’ve more real professionals (ratified boffins and real, studied journalists) behind their print. Some online media houses are professionals too: they do their homework without chasing headlines. They give credit where credit is due. They report factually rather than emotionally. In the end though, they, like their brick-and-mortar publishing competition are just accredited money-grubbing businesses. That is the internet.

And, thank the gods for so instant web-delivered gratification, that’s okay. The internet is the truest form of free speech (for many countries) today. Type a little ditty, hit ‘publish’, wait a few seconds, and there it is: free speech digitised, set in the new stone of silicon and electrons.

I just wish that the bigguns’ would set their own bar higher.

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AT&T overhaul data plans; add iPhone tethering http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/02/att-overhaul-data-plans-add-iphone-tethering/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/02/att-overhaul-data-plans-add-iphone-tethering/#comments Wed, 02 Jun 2010 11:33:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33872 Welcome to the 2000′s everyone! AT&T, that lumbering giant, has finally bolted upright and matched some features that other networks have offered for years. Perhaps the most important is their new data pricing, which under the new plan, no longer needs an economics degree to suss. America’s number two carrier reckon that 65% of users … Read more]]>

Welcome to the 2000′s everyone! AT&T, that lumbering giant, has finally bolted upright and matched some features that other networks have offered for years. Perhaps the most important is their new data pricing, which under the new plan, no longer needs an economics degree to suss. America’s number two carrier reckon that 65% of users could ‘get by’ with the new 200MB DataPlus plan and 98% of users could get by on their 2GB DataPro plan. But as nice as their penny-pinching efforts may be, iPhone tethering will likely grab the headlines. Tethering has been available on better-built networks for a while now. But thanks to AT&T’s ehem… network strength, has kept the iPhone in the dark ages.

Tethering and Data plan details after the gap:

  • DataPlus. Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 150 emails with attachments, plus view 400 Web pages, plus post 50 photos on social media sites, plus watch 20 minutes of streaming video – for just $15 per month.** This plan, which can save customers up to 50 percent off their wireless data charges, is designed for people who primarily like to surf the web, send email and use social networking apps. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the cycle. Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
  • DataPro. Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 1,500 emails with attachments, plus view 4,000 Web pages, plus post 500 photos to social media sites, plus watch 200 minutes of streaming video – for $25 per month.** Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the cycle. Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.
  • Tethering. Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers – who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.

Full details at AT&T

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iPad unlimited data plan really is unlimited http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/08/ipad-unlimited-data-plan-really-is-unlimited/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/08/ipad-unlimited-data-plan-really-is-unlimited/#comments Thu, 08 Apr 2010 09:17:09 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=30992 From my high-castle vantage spot in Seoul, I’ve watched the tragedy of AT&T’s tethering and data plan lies attack the USA, and in particular, one-eyed the AT&T ‘unlimited’ iPhone plan. We all have. Well, I think I’ve finally sussed it: if you remove two letters and swap a vowel from Apple’s iPhone, you arrive at … Read more]]>

From my high-castle vantage spot in Seoul, I’ve watched the tragedy of AT&T’s tethering and data plan lies attack the USA, and in particular, one-eyed the AT&T ‘unlimited’ iPhone plan. We all have. Well, I think I’ve finally sussed it: if you remove two letters and swap a vowel from Apple’s iPhone, you arrive at the parameter which allows for proper unlimited data in an unlimited plan, the iPad. That is, the AT&T unlimited iPad plan really is unlimited. Terse as always, AT&T’s Mark Siegel explains it all:

unlimited is unlimited

From Gearlog

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A VERY expensive Safari trip http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/06/a-very-expensive-safari-trip/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/06/a-very-expensive-safari-trip/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:45:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=22750 Looks like it’s about time to get back to my conspiracy theories. Many things have been said about the partnership between AT&T and Apple, from praise (well, not that much of it) to scathing criticisms regarding such decisions as the clawing back of Google Voice and other related apps. Well, this just in: Apple help … Read more]]>

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Looks like it’s about time to get back to my conspiracy theories. Many things have been said about the partnership between AT&T and Apple, from praise (well, not that much of it) to scathing criticisms regarding such decisions as the clawing back of Google Voice and other related apps. Well, this just in: Apple help “increase” user spending on data charges.

Blogger Oliver K has run into a controversial “bug” in the iPhone stock Safari application. He was shocked to receive an almost 15 000 USD bill phone after an uneventful month of using the iPhone. As it turns out, the mobile browser continues to stream video, compressed using Motion JPEG, even after Safari has been shut down. This leads to the phone, which is, as all of us are perfectly aware, capable of working in 3G and EDGE networks to eat up hundreds of Mb of traffic in a rather short amount of time.

In this case the iPhone downloaded about 740 Mb of data of the Internet in less than an hour, which couldn’t help but affect the phone bill. AT&T weighed the data at 0.0195 USD per Kb. This is one the more costly rates for customers, who use the phone in multiple countries and are not subscribed to the “Data Global Add-On”. In the end, the unplanned download resulted in the almost 15 000 USD bill.

The only successful way to avoid this bug is to switch to a different page before closing the Safari application. As of yet, there are no comments from Apple.

And if you are afraid of horrendous data charges, feel free to send your iPhones to me. I’m quite open, especially to a 3GS (crazy high bill or not).

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AT&T to bring MMS to iPhone 25 September http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/03/att-to-bring-mms-to-iphone-25-september/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/03/att-to-bring-mms-to-iphone-25-september/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2009 03:17:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=19392 Just a short note: Engadget pointed out that ATT will be bringing MMS to its iPhone customers on 25 September. According to the carrier’s letter (below), the delay has primarily been due to implementation of a higher bandwidth system for its customers. Hopefully good news regarding tethering won’t wait for the 4G iPhone. An Update … Read more]]>

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Just a short note: Engadget pointed out that ATT will be bringing MMS to its iPhone customers on 25 September. According to the carrier’s letter (below), the delay has primarily been due to implementation of a higher bandwidth system for its customers. Hopefully good news regarding tethering won’t wait for the 4G iPhone.

An Update on iPhone MMS for our Mobility Customers
We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). We’ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches – and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.

We know that iPhone users will embrace MMS. The unique capabilities and high usage of the iPhone’s multimedia capabilities required us to work on our network MMS architecture to carry the expected record volumes of MMS traffic and ensure an excellent experience from Day One. We appreciate your patience as we work toward that end.

We’re riding the leading edge of smartphone growth that’s resulted in an explosion of traffic over the AT&T network. Wireless use on our network has grown an average of 350 percent year-over-year for the past two years, and is projected to continue at a rapid pace in 2009 and beyond. The volume of smartphone data traffic the AT&T network is handling is unmatched in the wireless industry. We want you to know that we’re working relentlessly to innovate and invest in our network to anticipate this growth in usage and to stay ahead of the anticipated growth in data demand, new devices and applications for years to come.

We thank you for your business and look forward to keeping you updated on our initiatives.

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More Bars for New Yorkers – AT&T to turn on the Big Apple http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/02/more-bars-for-new-yorkers-att-to-turn-on-new-york/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/02/more-bars-for-new-yorkers-att-to-turn-on-new-york/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 17:15:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=19236 Well, at least that is the story on the street. 1600 new 850MHz cells have gone up around the Big Apple, but somehow, performance still crawls like traffic. So what gives? According to Gizmodo, the cells have just not yet been turned on. Trust me when I say this, there is no better way to … Read more]]>
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Well, at least that is the story on the street. 1600 new 850MHz cells have gone up around the Big Apple, but somehow, performance still crawls like traffic. So what gives? According to Gizmodo, the cells have just not yet been turned on. Trust me when I say this, there is no better way to turn New Yorkers on than cell phones.

When the gross gets going, look out for the following: ”Improved connectivity, performance and enhanced in-building wireless coverage” which AT&T claim will smother the great new turn on. Though AT&T jumped the gun, promising a bit too much, too soon, Giz reckon that New Yorkers need to slow down and forgo their 5th Starbuck, at least until things get spicy as AT&T’s charms turn on the Big Apple.

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All hail the “Jesus” phone! Palm Pre is the work of the Devil! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/25/all-hail-the-jesus-phone-palm-pre-is-the-work-of-the-devil/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/25/all-hail-the-jesus-phone-palm-pre-is-the-work-of-the-devil/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:23:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=18680 The excellent podcast “Attack of the Show” by G4TV.com I follow to keep up to date on general media-related news recently featured a hilarious bit about exorcising the Palm Pre demon girl, who keeps rambling about AT&T and the iPhone. I would rate this a definite must for any iPhone fan to watch! Will Kevin’s … Read more]]>

The excellent podcast “Attack of the Show” by G4TV.com I follow to keep up to date on general media-related news recently featured a hilarious bit about exorcising the Palm Pre demon girl, who keeps rambling about AT&T and the iPhone. I would rate this a definite must for any iPhone fan to watch!

Will Kevin’s Steve Jobs and Apple rituals help save this poor spokeswoman?

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Keys, keys anyone? – Official unlock for iPhone 3G http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/21/keys-keys-anyone-official-unlock-for-iphone-3g/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/21/keys-keys-anyone-official-unlock-for-iphone-3g/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:37:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=18520 The hot news today is that it IS possible to officially unlock your iPhone. Yes, you read me correctly, OFFICIALLY UNLOCK. And I’m not talking those factory non-locked phones you get in some European countries for $1000+. I’m talking about a usual subsidized locked phone. No, I’m not completely bonkers. I think everyone owning a … Read more]]>

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The hot news today is that it IS possible to officially unlock your iPhone. Yes, you read me correctly, OFFICIALLY UNLOCK. And I’m not talking those factory non-locked phones you get in some European countries for $1000+. I’m talking about a usual subsidized locked phone. No, I’m not completely bonkers.

I think everyone owning a subsidized iPhone has a secret dream of it being unlocked. And no, there’s not yet an app for that. At least officially. Or is there?

Olly Farshi is just a common guy located in Finland (that’s in Europe in case anyone’s wondering). And when the iPhone 3G was released last year he, like many many other people, entered into a two year blood oath with the local Finnish carrier Sonera for the ownership of the”Jesus Phone”.

When the 3GS was released, the dark demons that lie within all of us seduced Olly to acquire this precious device. He was positively stunned when the helpful girls at Sonera offered him the opportunity to pay of his remaining debt for the original 3G contract. Having eagerly done so (as I think many of us would) the helpful assistant at the carrier office took note of the IMEI of the 3G phone and promised that the phone would be unlocked during the next iTunes sync.

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Well, the assistant is still alive so you can guess that it worked. Minutes later, when holy Olly connected his iPhone to the dreaded iTunes, he received an invitation to download a carrier update. After downloading and installing it, he was shocked to see Apple’s official unlock screen. And with the trademarked logo at the top!

So, that’s it, folks! I know, this seems like a dream for many of you out there, but it IS possible. Good luck convincing your local carriers though, because I imagine not everyone is a courteous as Sonera. And AT&T will probably laugh themselves silly if you propose something like that to them. So it’s probably time to brush up on your negotiation skills.

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AT&T’s Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/22/atts-tethering-plan-update-not-55-but-not-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/22/atts-tethering-plan-update-not-55-but-not-free/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2009 08:29:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13917 As much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the … Read more]]>

att-and-apple-and-behondAs much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the various press around the world and that rumours are false. While that is good news to AT&T customers, there is no proof that they company will not charge something for the service.

I am not about to take down my AT&T evil smiley (one that took me about 4 hours to create using my hi-tech Wacom tablet), because the telecom giant are too sneaky for their own good and this ploy to re-direct fire away from their tarnishing PR image is just too timely.

On the same page, they update information about upgrade pricing and when customers are eligible with what hardware. To their credit, the iPhone 3GS’ early release has forced AT&T to extend upgrade eligibility to include customers who are eligible in July, August or September and grant them acces from 18 June.

You can take a look at AT&T’s Facebook page yourself or trust that my copy and paste skills are up to par.

TETHERING

There are a lot of reports out there, but wanted you guys to know that rumors of $55 tethering plan on top of an unlimited data plan are false. We’ll have more news to share when the iPhone tethering option is closer to launch.

PRICING

Some customers have had questions about our plans and policies for iPhone 3G S, and we’d like to provide you with answers. We’d also like to announce a change to the date when some iPhone customers are eligible for our best upgrade pricing to iPhone 3G S.

Importantly, we want our customers to better understand our wireless device upgrade program. Like most U.S. carriers, we offer a variety of phones that we sell below our actual cost when customers agree to sign service agreements. In general, the more a customer spends with us, the quicker they become eligible for a price break on a new device. For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.

We also currently offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.

All of that said, we’ve been listening to our customers. And since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we’re extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time.

We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.

If you’re one of the many customers who will benefit from this change, please note that our upgrade eligibility website will reflect this change on Thursday, June 18.

We invite you to come to our stores beginning Friday during normal store hours, although please be aware that customer demand may exceed supply in some of our stores. You may also preorder online on June 18 at www.att.com/iphone, and your iPhone 3G S will arrive in 7 – 14 days. Or you can purchase iPhone 3G S at Apple’s retail and online stores, as well as at other popular retailers.

If you’re one of the customers who benefits from this change, and you’ve already preordered from an AT&T store, we’ll adjust the price of the device when you pick up your device. If you benefit from the change and you pre-ordered from AT&T online, we’ll send you an e-mail and issue you a credit.

If you pre-ordered an iPhone 3G S through Apple’s online store, your upgrade eligibility will be reassessed based on AT&T’s new upgrade policy for iPhone 3G owners. If you are eligible for the lower price, Apple will issue you a credit for the difference as applicable.

So, what if you still aren’t upgrade eligible and you want iPhone 3G S now? You have options:

You may qualify for the iPhone 3G S early upgrade price of $399 (16GB) or $499 (32GB).
You can pay full retail—and not have to sign a 2-year contract—at $599 (16GB) or $699 (32GB).
You can wait until you’re eligible for our best upgrade pricing. We invite you to check your upgrade eligibility by visiting www.att.com/iphone, calling *NEW# (*639#) on your AT&T device (we’ll send you a text with upgrade information), or visiting any of our over 2,200 stores.
If you want more details on our pricing and upgrade policy, check out our FAQs here:www.att.com/iphone_news. And as always, you may visit one of our stores to talk with a representative.

IN SUMMARY

We’ve listened to our customers — and hope our response helps answer some of your questions and concerns.

We are incredibly proud to be the U.S. carrier for the new iPhone 3G S and will work around the clock to be ready on June 19 to serve customers who are interested in the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.

If you would like to read more about AT&T, please look below:
AT&T Hate their Customers: 55$ Tethering Plan in July – AT&T say No go to GoPhone Plans — Will Apple Change Carriers in 2010?

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Updated: AT&T hate their customers – Not 55$, but Not Free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/18/att-hate-their-customers-55-bucks-for-tethering-coming-july/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/18/att-hate-their-customers-55-bucks-for-tethering-coming-july/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:57:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13612 This will be as short as my opinion of the Telecom Giant, AT&T. I am not American, nor do live in the country, but I met an American once and I feel sorry for the dude. He surely now has an iPhone and a laptop and may sometime just wants to use part of his … Read more]]>
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Should have used Brushes!

This will be as short as my opinion of the Telecom Giant, AT&T. I am not American, nor do live in the country, but I met an American once and I feel sorry for the dude. He surely now has an iPhone and a laptop and may sometime just wants to use part of his 5GB ‘unlimited’ internet rather than fiddling with the dinky ‘real internet’ on the toned-down iPhone Safari. So what are his options? Well, AT&T in their infinite wisdom and abundance of PR skills have affected a new policy that tethering will be a surcharge of 55$ per month.

This post has been updated with news from AT&T’s Facebook page in our post entitled: Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free.

July will ring in tethering for iPhone customer in the USA. On top of your limited internet, AT&T will charge you 55$ per month to check your email via a real screen. I will try to break this down. You will still be using your bandwidth that you are paying for. You will still be using your iPhone that you are paying for as the modem. The computer will be connecting through said iPhone. The iPhone’s monthly charge is in effect doubled (nearly) because as the old AT&T quote goes, “We love your money, but we hate to put up with your shi1t!”

In the end, carrier unlocks look better and better.

[via TUAW]

For more AT&T articles, look below:
Update: Tethering Not 55$, but not Free – AT&T say No go to GoPhone PlansWill Apple Change Carriers in 2010?

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AT&T – New 3G and 3GS customers cannot make use of GoPhone Pre-paid service http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/15/att-new-3g-and-3gs-customers-cannot-make-use-of-gophone-pre-paid-service/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/15/att-new-3g-and-3gs-customers-cannot-make-use-of-gophone-pre-paid-service/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:54:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13228 Not that we had expected much less – AT&T won’t be support tethering to your laptop when OS 3.0 debuts on the 17th of this month despite upgrades to their network. Still, better in many ways than the Canadian Rogers Corp., there was the slightest of hopes that the American Telecom giant would play nicer … Read more]]>

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Not that we had expected much less – AT&T won’t be support tethering to your laptop when OS 3.0 debuts on the 17th of this month despite upgrades to their network. Still, better in many ways than the Canadian Rogers Corp., there was the slightest of hopes that the American Telecom giant would play nicer to its customers with OS 3.0 and the 3GS debut. As it turns out, even grandfathered GoPhone plans are subject to AT&T’s arbitrary decisions.

Daniel Burkholder, a TUAW reader tipped the website about AT&T’s divine new PR initiative.

The message reads:

AT&T Free MSG: A new software upgrade for iPhone will be available on 6/17. This upgrade may affect your data service. Please visit att.com/iphone or call 800-901-9878 for a representative. If you download the software and are not on an approved iPhone data plan, your data service will be interrupted.

Regarding such a move, it is probably time for handset customers and hardware vendors like Apple to take note of AT&T’s slimy tactics. If the iPhone is to gain greater significance as a mobile device, it needs freedom in the hands of customers, not a hamstrung plan at the hands of a patronising provider.

As I mentioned this morning, America’s mobile services lag when compared to many other countries. Partially, it is the result of the physical size of the country – people don’t interact with others as often as they are in cars, but more so, large corporations are petrified of change as they are not constructed for it. With such stagnation in its birthplace, the iPhone will languish as a platform unable to stretch its legs. In order for the iPhone to really service mobile customers, it has to be given freedom and the infrastructure of the internet needs revolution to cater to handheld devices and the mobile internet rather than sticking to its tawny desktop roots. When that happens and when companies begin to look beyond small policies, a true mobile revolution will occur.

[via TUAW]

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