With multiple carriers rolling out LTE 4G networks here in the US many of us are wondering how carriers will manage to screw them up. Verizon is already rolling out their network and so far they have been pretty reasonable. AT&T on the other hand seems to be considering BOTH speed and data tiers for their LTE 4G network when it rolls out later this year.
According to a document that BGR got their hands on AT&T is working on two different types of tiers for their upcoming network. The Data Tier will allow users to add an incremental data bucket boost to their current billing cycle though we have no idea how big the buckets will be. There will also be an odd speed boost which will allow users with lower speeds to access faster speeds for a limited amount of time.
Personally I wish carriers just went with the utility model and charged per gigabyte. Adding multiple tiers and buckets and more just serve to confuse customers. In my ideal world you would purchase a certain number of gigabytes a month from your carrier and be able to use them on any device you choose on your plan. I doubt it would happen since carriers are fighting being “Dumb Pipes” but it is still a dream… What do you think?