“So Apple called today, a little annoyed with my portrayal yesterday of AT&T’s iPhone pricing. The main difference on plans for the new iPhone versus the old are simple: The data plan is $10 more a month, mainly because the faster connection will mean higher data usage; And text messaging is charged separately,” Arik Hesseldahl blogs BusinessWeek.
“First there’s the data. IPhone users are traditionally heavy data users — mainly because of the iPhone’s excellent Web browser, no argument there. Faster pipes will mean even heavier usage, the thinking goes, and I’m inclined to agree on that point. AT&T spent a lot of money to build out its 3G network, and is entitled to make it back,” Hesseldahl writes.
“The other main difference this time around is that SMS text messaging has been pulled out as a separate billing item,” Hesseldahl writes. “Is this a mistake on AT&Ts part? I certainly think so. Charging fees for text messaging outside the usual data charges will only drive users to use instant messaging. There’s little doubt in my mind that Apple will bring an iChat client to the iPhone, hopefully sooner rather than later, and AOL has already demonstrated an instant messaging client that should debut soon. Plus there are other options, including Beejive’s Web-based application. Dear AT&T: This is a dumb idea, okay?
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