AT&T is making the rounds in the news again and today, it's for altering the meaning of the word "bonus" as we know it. After notifying its Mobile Share Value plan users of an upcoming addition of 15GB of "bonus" data to their plans, the company says members will have to pony up an additional $10 a month to enjoy the "gift." And the only way to refuse the gift is by leaving the party.
Just last week, AT&T took the wraps off its new selectively constrained unlimited plans. While the second largest carrier in the United States sets its sites on a new era of nickeling and diming customers, its sins of the past have finally come to collect their due. As per an unlimited data throttling complaint filed back in 2014, the FTC has determined that AT&T must cough up $60 million in damages, plus openly disclose all future restrictions placed on its data plans.
Just when you thought "unlimited" meant unlimited, AT&T makes an announcement to remind us all that's not exactly true. Just in case the current unlimited plans offered by America's second largest carrier weren't enough, there are three more options rolling out in November.
Every day we seem to be inundated with ads about who has the absolute cheapest data plan. Online, television, billboards, junk mail, even old-fashioned radio - it seems I can't go five minutes without each carrier telling me how much cheaper they are than everyone else, going so far as to hire old Verizon spokesmen and make dubious claims about reliability.
You know what? To hell with all of that. I've looked at every smartphone plan from every nationwide carrier in the country, big and small, to find the absolute cheapest plans. Let's pinch some freakin' pennies.