Get Unlimited Data Back On AT&T iPhone If You Downgraded To Limited Plan

Get Unlimited Data Back On AT&T iPhone If You Downgraded To Limited Plan

If you’re an iPhone user on a limited AT&T data plan but had an unlimited one in the past, AT&T will let you switch back for free, the AP reports. [More]

Sprint Raising Data Rates By $10 Per Month For New Activations

Sprint Raising Data Rates By $10 Per Month For New Activations

Starting January 30, Sprint is raising data rates by $10 a month for new phone activations. The rate increase will not apply to existing customer unless they upgrade or activate another smartphone. [More]

Sprint's Premium Data Plan For Samsung Epic Has Slower Upload Speeds Than Regular 3G Phones

Sprint's Premium Data Plan For Samsung Epic Has Slower Upload Speeds Than Regular 3G Phones

Yesterday, the blog Explain the Fee noted that Sprint customers with the new Samsung Epic 4G, who have to pay an extra $10 a month for a premium data plan, are reporting upload speeds slower than phones they had 3 or 4 years ago–with upload limits seemingly capped at 150kps. [More]

Watch For Mysterious Data Usage On Your iPhone

Watch For Mysterious Data Usage On Your iPhone

If you’re on one of AT&T’s limited data plans, you’d better start carefully monitoring the data usage, because some customers are noticing unexplainable daily hits on their accounts. The support forums at Apple are filled with pages of theories and complaints from frustrated customers, but our tipster David got the following admission directly from an AT&T rep: “She told me that most, if not all, 3g-capable iPhones were being charged erroneously like I had been experiencing. She told me AT&T was unaware of why the data was being charged, and where it was coming from.” [More]

Verizon Makes Up For Unreasonable Data Bill Once Story Gets Out

Verizon Makes Up For Unreasonable Data Bill Once Story Gets Out

Last week Chris told us about how Verizon victimized his dad by nailing him with a $500 data charge for 35 megabytes of usage. The charges were based on an outdated plan from the Stone Age, and today’s data rates wouldn’t have approached anything near that amount. Verizon wasn’t in the mood to respond to his case until we posted the story Friday. By the end of the weekend, the company issued Chris’s dad a $440 credit. [More]

Simple Mobile Unlimited Data Plan Is Of Course Secretly Limited

Simple Mobile Unlimited Data Plan Is Of Course Secretly Limited

Simple Mobile, a reseller of T-Mobile cellphone service, offers a $60 “unlimited everything” plan that includes unlimited data. To no one’s surprise, there is a hard cap on the unlimited data according to Howard Forums and our tipster Eric. Naturally you can’t find that limit anywhere on their website, and if you exceed it you’re asked to pay $10 for an additional 100 MB of data. [More]

College Student Goes To Cancun For A Week, Comes Back To $11,667 Sprint Bill

College Student Goes To Cancun For A Week, Comes Back To $11,667 Sprint Bill

Stacey says while she was on vacation with her family in Cancun for a week recently, she checked her Facebook page from her Evo phone “maybe 5 minutes a day,” but never uploaded or sent any photos, “only a handful of texts.” Sprint says she managed to burn through either 600 MB or 4.7 GB of data during that period, and now owes them $11,667.73. (Note: Stacey doesn’ t specify whether the 4,918,228 kb of data is in kilobits or kilobytes, so I don’t know which number is accurate.) [More]

Verizon Treats My Dumb Phone Like A Smart Phone, Requires Useless Data Package

Verizon Treats My Dumb Phone Like A Smart Phone, Requires Useless Data Package

Jonathan is angry that Verizon requires a $10-a-month data package for his wife’s lower-end flip phone, which she has no intention of using to web surf. [More]

Verizon May Introduce Tiered Data Plans As Early As Next Week

Verizon May Introduce Tiered Data Plans As Early As Next Week

One month ago, Verizon Wireless’s CFO hinted in an interview that the company might follow AT&T’s lead and replace unlimited data plans with tiered ones. Now Engadget is reporting that the switch might come on July 29th. Because this is just a rumor so far, there’s no word yet on whether Verizon will offer the same 200 MB / 2 GB split as AT&T or whether it will grandfather in existing unlimited customers. [More]

Billshrink: iPhone 4 Is Best Value Among Latest Smartphones, If You Watch Data Usage

Billshrink: iPhone 4 Is Best Value Among Latest Smartphones, If You Watch Data Usage

BillShrink compared the new iPhone 4 to the Droid Incredible, the Evo 4G, and the Nexus One to see which one is the cheapest in total cost of ownership, and the results were somewhat surprising given the iPhone’s reputation as a money gobbler. If you opt for the cheapest data plan AT&T offers, the TCO for the iPhone 4 is the only one of the four devices that comes in under the $2,000 mark. But beware! That “cheapest data plan” conditional is a pretty tricky one. [More]

Verizon Wireless May Follow AT&T, Drop Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon Wireless May Follow AT&T, Drop Unlimited Data Plans

When Verizon Wireless begins to introduce plans for its next generation data network later this year, don’t expect to see any all-you-can-eat unlimited offerings. In an interview with BusinessWeek, the company’s CFO said the company will likely have to change how it bills for data consumption as more data-hungry smartphones and apps enter the marketplace–and that means tiered data plans similar to the ones AT&T has introduced to help control data consumption. [More]

Journalist Wriggles Out Of $3K Bill AT&T Tries To Stick Him With

Journalist Wriggles Out Of $3K Bill AT&T Tries To Stick Him With

Globe-trotting movie blogger Jeffrey Wells describes how he carefully negotiated his iPhone data plans as he hit the Cannes film festival, but was humbled by a $3,200 bill when all was said and done. The grizzled writer half expected the nonsense and calmly talked AT&T down from the ridiculous demand. [More]

Hey AT&T, Can I Upgrade From An EDGE Data Plan And Still Get The Unlimited Option?

Hey AT&T, Can I Upgrade From An EDGE Data Plan And Still Get The Unlimited Option?

Say you’ve got one of the 1st gen iPhones that operates on the EDGE network, and you want to upgrade to that fancy new model that was just announced. Can your unlimited data plan be grandfathered even though it was never 3G? That’s what Consumerist reader and 1st gen iPhone owner thecrazypnut wanted to know, so he contacted AT&T for an answer. [More]

AT&T Capping Data On New iPhone, iPad Plans

AT&T Capping Data On New iPhone, iPad Plans

AT&T has officially delivered on the threats made by its consumer business director Ralph de la Vega last December: it’s switching to usage-based pricing on data plans for smartphones and the iPad. Starting Monday, all new AT&T customers who buy an iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or other smartphone and purchase the necessary data plan will have two options: $25 for 2 gigabytes, or $15 for 200 megabytes. [More]

AT&T Stuck My Girlfriend With A Data Plan She Didn't Want

AT&T Stuck My Girlfriend With A Data Plan She Didn't Want

David says he lent his girlfriend an old smart phone, then AT&T forced her into a data plan for which she had no desire. A story on Endgadget proves he is not alone. [More]

Sorry, It's Your Problem That AT&T Rep Lied About Smartphone Data Plans

Sorry, It's Your Problem That AT&T Rep Lied About Smartphone Data Plans

Robert, an iPhone user and AT&T defender, tells Consumerist that the company has managed to turn him against them. What? No! And it’s all thanks to a misinformed retail store rep and some subsequent bad customer service from call center reps. Apparently, the employees at his local store don’t read Consumerist, or they would know that AT&T no longer allows customers with smartphones to cancel their data plans. [More]

Walmart Gets Into Cellular Business, Offers Unlimited Plan For $45

Walmart Gets Into Cellular Business, Offers Unlimited Plan For $45

Today Walmart announced that it’s launching its own wireless service, Straight Talk, on October 18th. The network will piggyback on use TracFone’s wireless network. At launch, two pre-paid plans will be offered: a $30 package that includes 1000 minutes, 1000 text messages, and 30MB of data; or a $45 plan that includes unlimited voice, text, and data. 411 calls are free.

When The Going Gets Tough, Data Plans Get Going

When The Going Gets Tough, Data Plans Get Going

When financial whitewater starts rocking your raft, the first things you start to bail on are your “wants.” That would encapsulate cell phone data plans, a MocoNews story on the Washington Post site reports.