39 Comments

Summary:

A day after we pointed out that AT&T’s new wireless offer, which tacked on a two-year contract to a SIM card (sans handset), was just plain “goofy,” the largest U.S. wireless carrier is saying it was a “mistake” — that the “two-year contract” term wasn’t part […]

A day after we pointed out that AT&T’s new wireless offer, which tacked on a two-year contract to a SIM card (sans handset), was just plain “goofy,” the largest U.S. wireless carrier is saying it was a “mistake” — that the “two-year contract” term wasn’t part of the original language that was supposed to be published on the company’s web site. Well…someone should be transfered to Nowhereville for this error, don’t you think? Here are the updated terms of AT&T’s SIM card-only plan.

  • A customer can bring their own compatible device to us, and we will sell them a SIM for $25 or sometimes less.
  • The customer can purchase prepaid service, which requires no term commitment and no ETF.
  • In most cases, the customer can also purchase postpaid service with no term commitment and no ETF.
  • The exception is that we may require a commitment with a promotional rate plan.
  • In any case, the bottom line is that we give customers the option to bring their own device to us and purchase service on a month-to-month basis.

Related research

Subscriber Content
?
Subscriber content comes from Gigaom Research, bridging the gap between breaking news and long-tail research. Visit any of our reports to learn more and subscribe.
By Om Malik
  1. Emanuele Vulcano Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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

    Share
  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.

    Share
  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.

    Share
  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!

    Share
  5. [...] The blogosphere blew up when a typo stated you needed a 2 year contract to get a SIM card, but Gigaom clears up the miscommunication by actually doing something called real journalism and contacting a [...]

    Share
  6. [...] The blogosphere blew up when a typo stated you needed a 2 year contract to get a SIM card, but Gigaom clears up the miscommunication by actually doing something called real journalism and contacting a [...]

    Share
  7. [...] The blogosphere blew up when a typo stated you needed a 2 year contract to get a SIM card, but Gigaom clears up the miscommunication by actually doing something called real journalism and contacting a [...]

    Share
  8. 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.

    Share
  9. AT&T the most “open” network for old GSM phones from other carriers….but NOT for the iPhone!

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post