Re: Laptop Data Connect Unlimited Plan
01-29-2011 12:40:36 PM
Oh, I think, I might go with T-mobile Gig for $39 a month.
Like Capt T-Bird I have been lurking here for awhile, but can't keep quite any longer.
As for the T-Mobile plan BTDT, not all it is cracked up to be, perhaps I can save you some grief. Yes it is unlimited data, but once you exceed 5GB, you will be running at 56Kb for the remainder of the month. I don't know what your last experience with dial up was, but you will be quickly and unceremoniously reminded of it mid month if you are a heavy user. Add that to the abysmal coverage area and you don't get much for your $40.
That said, I must be honest, you can't blame AT&T or any carriers for limiting the service, bottom line it costs them more money to provide more bandwidth. I think however there should be some reasonable overage charge that is affordable for us power users that absolutely need more, something like $10 per GB or less.
I dropped my AT&T aircard over a year ago, and have since tried Cricket, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile, and none of them provided a pleasant experience. As of last September I went with a Sierra Wireless 250u from Unlimited4g.com which has worked out much better for me. I live in New York and get 6-9GB d/l speeds at home, but the modem fallsback to 3G when I travel to those not so metro areas. I just returned from a 7 week roadtrip and used 16.7GB one month all on 3G without a problem.
As a former AT&T employee, I can appreciate the tightrope they are walking between capacity and customers, but I think they (and most other carriers) are handling it badly. I feel a lot of loyalty to the company and will stick with my iPhone and family plan for voice, but I don't miss the aggravation of the 5GB cap.