Someone should put up a poll to find out what everyone will do next. I'm thinking some of the options could be:
"I am giving up data"
"I am upgrading to an AT&T monthly plan"
"I am switching to H20 non-monthly"
"I am switching to AirVoice non-monthly"
"I am switching to a non-AT&T MVNO"
Any other suggestions?
I'm going to Air Voice's $10/month plan.
I do not want anything to do with AT&T ever again, including their MVNO's, now that they are doing this.
However I should mention that I will every now and then buy a message feature package for 30 days, as a matter of fact, I just bought one today.
200 Messages $4.99
1000 Messages $9.99
Unlimited messages $19.99
International Long Distance
$10 International Long Distance Feature $10.00
They still expire in 30 days...
I use my AT&T phone for data only. Their new deal will not work for me. I have just ordered a new phone from Platinumtel and that will replace my AT&T phone. My AT&T phones and unused airtime pin will go up for sale on Ebay. We can all be thankful that AT&T was not successful in buying out T-Mobile.
AT&T is not getting rid of data packages. They are tying them to the requirement to subscribe to a monthly voice plan to get a data package. Pay-per-use data should still work for nonsmartphones.
Earl F. Parrish
I have about 250mb of data on my AT&T account that I have to lose, whether I stay or not. That is a raw deal for those of use who are losing data that we paid for. No matter what I do, that data is gone, even if I stay with AT&T.
Anyone looking to take a chance & see if the data that was purchased before the 18th will stick around till the package expires? I'm on board. I hope they at least let one use the data they already bought. This would carry me into May if I did it right.
2007-12: T-Mobile PAYG (USA 857)
2009-01-21: Mobal World (UK O2)
2010-06-08: TracFone (USA 215)
2011-03-12: Tru (USA 305)
2012-01-21: Simínn (Iceland)
2012-01-24: Vodafone (Netherlands)
2012-02-26: Google Voice (USA 401)
2012-05-17: T-Mobile Monthly 4G $30/5 GB/unlim msg/100 min (USA 917)
2012-11-13: Straight Talk (USA 212)
Isn't it cute that the GoPhone page still says absolutely nothing about it so more unsuspecting victims on PAYG buy balance and data packages convinced they will be able to buy more data after the 18th? I wonder if this isn't instead a really bad and belated April Fools joke by at&t on us.
I called customer service again. This time it was to get my account number for porting to Platinumtel. As I mentioned somewhere else, I expect to get different info each time I call. The guy that I talked to this time, told me a completely different story. He knew nothing about us losing our data and he said that my account would stay exactly like as it is, with data intact. At this point, I am looking forward to my new phone with Platinumtel. I have my airtime pin code for sale on Ebay. I am not going to sell my AT&T phones yet. They are unlocked and I have an active T-Mobile prepaid SIM to use in them. The only disadvantage of this change for me, is that I occasionally venture into areas of Wisconsin, where there is no Platinumtel/Sprint coverage.
You know, if Bank of America and Verizon Wireless among other companies can change their policies after consumer backlash or outcry, then maybe having several consumers voice their opinion (cleanly) about the policy change will make AT&T think twice and change it back or at least tell us what's going on. So I think everyone effected by this major change should speak out (cleanly) on Facebook, Twitter and more like we are here on this forum as well as some mainstream sites through comments and emails and see what happens.
Personally I have already blogged on this topic as well as gave a tip to the consumerist. Bottom line, I feel ripped off and I want my $100 back if I can't use my smartphone as it was advertised when I bought it last November. Of course this is just my opinion and its on topic. Good luck everyone.