It seems like January 2011 will be known as “Screw the Wireless Customer Month.” We have Sprint raising data fees for smartphones by $10/month and then Verizon decided to more or less kill their new phone every two years program. Now we have AT&T with the same news. AT&T simply decided to rip off the bandaid with a whole slew of bad news that take effect on Sunday January 23rd.
Here are the highlights:
- The shmucks are killing off the $5/month 200 text messages plan in favor of a $10/month 1000 messages plan. Personally I am already on the $5 a month plan only because if I am not on the plan I pay $5 for the 20 morons who still send me messages. Seems like AT&T is getting greedy…
- The $50 and $100 discounts on top of subsidized prices for upgrades is out though if you are currently eligible you can get in on it until July 23rd
- In a bizarre move they are raising the 3G MicroCell price from $149.99 to $199.99. Are these guys crazy? Paying more to fix their own network?
It gets even better with AT&T raising fees like family plan line addon activations going to $36 from $10 and calls to Canada going from 29 cents to 39 cents. All around it seems like AT&T is aiming on squeezing out every penny they can from customers. You can catch a little more of the blood letting details at Engadget.