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AT&T Ups Data Allotment On Global Data Plans — They Still Suck.

  • July 12, 2011 11:21 am

AT&T is feeling a bit more generous these days towards globe trotters made evident by some newly revamped global data plans. The only problem, however, is that the plans are still grossly overpriced and give end users far too little data. The most generous 800 MB — yes, 800 megabytes — costs $199/month! As we’ve mentioned before, if traveling abroad for any length of time, getting your phone unlocked and a pre-paid SIM from a local carrier is a much, much better option.

AT&T’s super fantastic global data pricing:

  • 50 MB: $24.99/month
  • 125 MB: $49.99/month
  • 275 MB: $99.99/month
  • 800 MB: $199.99/month

For the record, the old plans followed the same pricing scheme but came in at 20 MB/50 MB/100 MB/200 MB respectively — they went from downright abysmal to merely terrible. Yay for progress AT&T!

We’re pretty sure — no, we’re really sure — AT&T’s percentage of the aforementioned roaming fees are not nearly high enough to justify the exorbitant costs being levied upon customers.

As previously stated, get a local pre-paid SIM. You’ll be happier (and far wealthier) for doing so.

Don’t fall into the trap, Overpriced HDMI cables are a load of crap.

  • August 13, 2010 10:39 am

While trying to avoid the beating of the poor horse that’s been beaten one too many times, I stumbled upon an article and felt the need to share it with you. It’s rather short for what it covers — HDMI cables and why you don’t need to spend more than $5-$15 on any cable — but does so in a very clear and precise way.

Check out HD Guru if you’re tired of listening to your poor, technologically retarded old man boast about his new $1500 TV and accompanying $200 3′ HDMI cable. Being the tech junkie you are, it’s the least you could do. The less grossly overpriced cable sold the better.

And the Chevy Volt becomes priced out of relevance. Dealers mark up to $61,000+

  • August 4, 2010 3:17 pm

The Chevy Volt is one of those cars that manages to gain a fairly geeky image. While it’s green roots are what it’s most known for, electronics, gadgets, and complex science are never something to ignore. Unfortunately, GM utterly failed in delivering an “affordable” and dependable electric vehicle. Besides the actual price coming of of GM being a good $10,000 higher than what was expected, dealers themselves are showing their tried and true colors (read: Greedy green) by marking up the popular yet scarce hybrids by as much as $20,000, bringing the total after-tax-credit-price to $52,000.

I don’t know about you, but that has failure written all over it. Still, I have no doubt people will soak up the limited 10,000 vehicle run for this year. The situation is ironic given GM’s statements claiming they’d “watch for dealers overcharging customers for the Volt”. Too bad for GM it was overpriced to begin with. Adding more on top of it at the dealer level only makes it worse.

Anyone miffed/saddened?

Telus fails to understand the internet and hates customers — Enacts 5GB cap on iPad data plans.

  • June 1, 2010 10:58 am

Am I being a bit harsh when calling out Telus for slysly enacting a 5GB cap on their iPad data plan? Ya, probably. But I know I’m not the first person to get the shaft by wireless carriers, so my anger and frustration is well warranted. Besides, what the hell are you going to to with five measly gigabytes of data spanned over the course of 30-31 days? Answer: Not much…

WolframAlpha does it all wrong, neuters free version, overprices “real” app.

  • December 3, 2009 8:16 pm

wolfmanIn the book of “Ways to kill your profit”, WolframAlpha would have a two-page spread. One page for the insane price of of an intelligent search engine/question answerer and the second page would be about how they took away a dependable service. More on that second point — WolframAlpha used to have a pretty good iPhone optimized site. That was until they realized no one was buying their overpriced app. Solution: Neuter the free offering and force people to pay the amount of 5 large Pizza Hut pizzas. Ya, not exactly a great idea.

The normal website is still accessible after dismissing the annoying pop-up that encourages you to buy the $50 app, but again, removing a once highly popular and used feature simply because you’ve failed to add any real value to your actual app is a sign someone needs to be fired.

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From the department of “that was fast”: PSPgo already gets a price drop…

  • October 6, 2009 7:19 am

If you thought Sony’s pricing on the PSP Go was say…a bit overpriced, you wouldn’t be alone. Not by a long shot. The biggest culprit that is causing people to feel like the PSP Go is a lack of value is the botched trade-in program that was to let old PSP/3000 users trade in physical media for certificates or cards for digital copies. Of course, a smaller screen, identical internal specs, and the inclusion of sub standard specs (WiFi b we’re looking at you) rounds out a wholly bland release on Sony’s part. Not to mention, spending a few minutes on Google will garner a fair amount of reviews bashing the unit for high price and low value as well.

Because of the specs listed above and the problems associated with them, many thought since the PSP Go was a PSP-lite of sorts that the price tag would accurately reflect that belief. We should all know Sony by now…

If you’re not quite down with the current price, look no further than the internet for wallet relief. Many big name online retailers including Amazon, Play, HMV and GAME are strong arming Sony’s over inflated price. In many places in the UK, Sony’s “new” gadget is going for under £200 in the UK! Quite the deal. Though many would again claim that’s what is should have been from the start. Have you taken the dive and purchased a PSP Go? Happy/Sad? How cheap did you pick it up for. Oh…do share.

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