39 thoughts on “AT&T Says SIM Contract Fiasco a Mistake”

  1. … which is how most EU carriers do it. (I prefer it this way. Carriers can sometimes be too much of a burden, technology-wise.)

  2. It would be interesting to know if the prepaid plan also covers mobile data. The iPhone doesn’t allow you to use it as a Bluetooth modem for your laptop unlike Nokias (in fact, the iPhone’s Bluetooth is so crippled, it’s surprising it’s not a Verizon phone).

    I wouldn’t mind paying $25 and per usage fees for mobile data when I need it, e.g. in airports.

  3. I was an ATT customer back when they where cingular. I had my own phone that I purchased elsewhere, in order to switch from Old ATT to a Cingular SIM I had to sign a 2 year contract. The reason almost all of there plans are promotional and therefore require a contract. Really, there should just be a law – if you get a subsidy that is all you are contractually obligate to pay back.

  4. Agree with Scott above! What’s the bet that most of their typical rates are going to be “promotional rates” and they will the only ones which make some kind of economical sense for the average consumer?

    While charging a premium for month-to-month service makes sense (even apartment rentals charge a premium for month-to-month contract), the question is if the premium in AT&T’s case will be too high!

  5. In this country, we get excited by such announcements whereas in countries like India, it is norm rather than exception. The wireless industry in this country is a matter of shame and a perfect case for the strong arm of the govt. to break open the industry so that it becomes consumer friendly.

  6. Om-

    Just called an ATT store to see what plan is available without a 2-yr contract if you only need to get a new SIM card. The reply was none…all plans require a 2-yr. You might want to call ATT to get more clarification because nothing really had changed.

  7. As KMY points out, the critical element is communicating this news to the AT&T sales team in the field who’re busy telling everyone that such a deal is impossible.

  8. Also the fact that ATT will snoop on all of your activity for the FEDS and potentially block any pirated content as well just for kicks! This is all freely bundled with your account 🙂

  9. @Dave,

    thanks for the kind words. not sure, if i am the best reporter, but i am one for sure.

    @ rest of the guys – I did check with AT&T folks and this is what they reaffirmed. If this doesn’t get to their sales force, well, we all will be keeping them honest.

  10. Not sure why this is news. AT&T’s been doing this for a while and without a 2 year contract. Just did it for 2 of my own phones in the last 3 months. Walked out with a SIM card with my number transferred from Sprint and only a 1 year contract.

    I’m glad they are making it public that they are doing this. Maybe we are finally seeing the floodgate starting to open to carriers lessening their grip on device OEMs. About time.

  11. Correct me if I’m wrong, but does anyone have an actual link to anything by ATT actually saying this? I keep seeing websites talking about it, but as of now, its all just made up crap.

  12. Just tried this at a store tonight, they said absolutely no way can you get postpaid service without a contract.

  13. From looking around it seems that ATT is the only one offering ‘SIM card only’ for $25, ONLY with 2 yrs contract?

    All over Asia one can buy a SIM card only, for as little as $5 with minutes SMART or GLOBE – Philippines -$1.50 without minutes- Cellcom/Malaysia – $10 with minutes – HKTEL/Macau, amongst others (INDIA/SINGAPORE etc) consumers benefit because of healthy competition. Why are the US carriers allowed to charge 1)high fees and 2)shove contracts on consumers’ faces and on top of that 3)charge money when you get incoming phone calls?

  14. This is all well and good, IF it works. It sounds like it is hit or miss with people visiting stores and calling. Can anyone produce an email, website or anything concrete from AT&T to back this up?

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