partnering with phone manufacturers to create new "smart" phone does not obligate the consumer to pay a premium for the same service they would otherwise recieve on any other phone. after much complaining att did in fact give me a refund for a month and took some other step on their end to make my MMS work for photo, video and text on my curve. the fact that you pay for, recieve and enjoy internet service is great, but irrelelvant to my argument. so pull your head out of the chat room, or your helmet,for a minute, and think.
If you pay for the family plan for unlimited text, video, and pictures for all lines, then that is exactly what you should get, smart phone, dumb phone or otherwise. If the phone is capable, then software locks should not be rigged in order to force folks in to a data plan who dont want one. i can see that most folks here are too busy surfing on their blackberry to conceive of anything that is not an exact fit to their their techno nerd lifestyle.
Originally Posted by betterlate1
OP, Here's the way I look at it...
I am on an AT&T National Family Plan for Voice
Unlimited Family Messaging added for $30
which ends up costing $28 per phone per month since I have 5 phones
then my BlackBerry has the BlackBerry Personal Plan added on for $30
which gives me unlimited BB data usage AND SUPPORT.
I think $28 per phone per month is very reasonable a cost to keep in touch with all the family wherever they are.
I think $30 extra for my phone alone is reasonable for unlimited internet and data on my personal BlackBerry.
And, AT&T support for BlackBerry has been helpful previously, and when they are unable to help, they will transfer me to RIM.
OP, I'm assuming you live in the US. Go back to worrying about bailing out the failed mortgage banking industry. This billing structure issue doesn't deserve this much effort and brain power. Personally I'm not worried about either. The BB is a luxury not a necessity.