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AT&T Working On "Everything Plan" Tethering Included

I've recently heard that AT&T has plans to release an "everything plan" to combat Sprint's efforts with the Palm Pre. They are hoping to have details hashed out before the Pre is released. But from pricing plans all the way down to data usage, I get the feeling that things are still pretty disorganized over there.

preHere's what I was able to get:

• AT&T is working on an "everything plan" to directly compete with Sprint's offerings
• Tethering should be a predominant feature and be included in this
• Can't release it before iPhone 3.0
• Can't release it without new plans (as previously explained)
• Once this is released, tethering will be an optional add-on for most AT&T subscribers
• Data caps still a major concern

When we first started hearing about iPhone tethering, we were a little shocked by the lack of an unlimited plan. Especially for potential power users and extensive travelers. Seems like they are trying to address this, plug any holes and have an answer for all competition from any and every angle.

Note: AppleInsider's latest reports about Carbon Fiber patent-thingies or whatever is complete bullshit. Apple applies for an incredibly vast amount of conceptual approaches towards rethinking existing technology. Most end up gathering dust... Stay classy AI.

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  1. What exactly is meant by "working on"? There is no actual 'work' to be done, other than:

    1) deciding on a price for this plan
    2) making Apple implement some DRM system to make it non trivial for end-users to do tethering while enabling people with this plan to do it
    3) start selling the plan

    This is just a stupid money grab, to make people pay twice, once to get the data over the air to their device (AT&T's network to the device the person owns), then pay again to transfer that exact same data between two devices the end user owns outright, not involving AT&T or their network at all).

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    daves brother @ May 7th, 2009 at 6:37 pm
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    Can't blame it on ATT alone,Apple is to blame also! ATT has to subsidize Apples outrageously priced Toy!!

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    Michael @ May 10th, 2009 at 9:24 am
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    Well the cell networks have limited bandwidth ... pushing desktop-like data traffic through the cell network can be very costly. I can understand why a carrier would want to separate tethering from regular mobile use. Just look what happened after the iPhone was released and people actually started to really use the cell data network... had a lot of problems.

    To call it the "exact same data" is being slightly short-sighted... take a look at your monthly data transfer rates for your mobile device versus your laptop or desktop... probably a 1:100 ratio if not more.

    What I'd like to see is a variable voice plan for iPhones ... I rarely use my voice minutes anymore. In fact I have so many "rollover" minutes it's ridiculous. And they expire after a certain amount of time! I want to be able to exchange those rollover minutes for data bandwidth.

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  2. Wow... AT&T IS FUCKING HORRIBLE !!!

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  3. looks like more reports are hitting the internet TODAY about AT&T dropping their rate plans... surprise, surprise.

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  4. You have beef with apple insider?

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    Mike Lix Apples Bolitos @ May 7th, 2009 at 6:34 pm
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    Yes Most everyone on there are frakking Zealots and Most(not all) arefull of shit!! Reading anything on there is almost as bad Propoganda wise as NAZI Germany/Current US Government/US Media in General. In others words BULLSHITTTT to the EXTREME!!!!

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  5. @Mike: Nope... I love that site! :D

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  6. Bullshit is classy, and Carbon Fiber is not. Interesting.

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  7. Hey, here's an idea.... instead of trying to figure out how to get more money out of it's customers, how about if ATT just did the right thing and upgraded their network to handle all the traffic they have now?

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