After Verizon's decision to require data plans on all of their 3G feature phones, it appears that AT&T is following suit with a few devices of their own. When purchasing "Quick Messaging" devices, the following stipulations must be met:
- Individual lines activated must have a combined total of $20 worth of features - that could be $5 in messaging and $15 in data, or $20 of unlimited messaging.
- Family plans must have a minimum of $30 worth of features (unlimited text messaging).
- If you have an existing "Quick Messaging" device, you don't have to do anything at the moment. You will have to change when upgrading, however.
- Affected phones include the Pantech Reveal, Pantech Impact, Motorola Karma, Samsung Flight, Samsung Impression, Samsung Magnet, Samsung Solstice, Samsung Mythic, Samsung Propel, LG Xenon, LG Neon, and the LG Vu.
As I said with the implementation of Verizon's data plans, I find this to be very unfortunate. There are people that purchase these devices and don't send thousands of messages per month (or consume data). How do you feel about this? Do you see it as inevitable, or does it make you want to switch carriers?