iPhone plan fine print

I’ve been starting to research AT&T before I buy an iPhone. Here’s some fun fine print:

  • Email/SMS: International messages not included. Charges for international messages sent from the U.S. are 20¢ for Text Messages and 50¢ for Picture/Video Messages. Additional charges for premium messages and content apply. Messages over 300 KBs billed an additional 50¢/message.
  • Attachements: Mobile E-mail attachments can not be sent, downloaded, read, or forwarded on the mobile device.
  • “Unlimited” data: Data Service sessions prohibited uses include, but are not limited to, using services; …for any machine-to-machine applications (peer-to-peer, automatic data feeds, webcam posts or broadcasts, jpeg file transfers); …for voice-over-ip; …for uploading, downloading or streaming of video content (e.g. movies, tv), music or games; …as substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections; …for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/pda-to-computer accessories, bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to laptops, pcs, or other equipment for any purpose.
  • Wifi: To ensure that the Wi-Fi Service is not being used fraudulently, AT&T limits your usage of the Wi-Fi Service to 150 uses per month.

The wifi clause is the most surprising and reprehensible. I love Apple products. But I can’t stand the telecom companies. This is going to make an iPhone purchase a tough decision.


2 Comments on “iPhone plan fine print”

  1. benc says:

    But why would AT&T care about your use of WiFi? I mean, at that point, you’re doing exactly nothing at all on the AT&T network. What am I missing?

  2. Andrej Gregov says:

    The contract states…”To ensure that the Wi-Fi Service is not being used fraudulently, AT&T limits your usage of the Wi-Fi Service to 150 uses per month.” I think it’s mostly a control thing. The more you might use wifi, the less you use the phone and minutes which they don’t like. The more you use AT&T services the more money they make in the long run. It’s all about lock in.

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