This time a tipster has told TiPb that iPhone 3G owners in the Atlanta and Austin markets who are not currently provisioned with an iPhone 3G data plan will receive an SMS message advising them that an iPhone 3G rate plan will be added to their line of service. These customers will begin receiving SMS messages today and the plans will be provisioned on the evenings of April 8th and 9th. It appears that AT&T just tapped these two cities as a trial run, the rest of the country should start getting similar alerts on April 21st.
So what does all of this mean? There are a few possibilities, depending on your mobile situation:
The upshot is this: if AT&T starts noticing that you're using an iPhone 3G, they're going to start enforcing their long-standing policy that you use an iPhone 3G plan. If you're a regular SIM-swapper, you might be in for some hassles, depending on what your current plan is.
The thing that really rubs TiPb the wrong way is that the BlackBerry, PDA, and iPhone data plans all are $30. Why not allow us to change our devices as we see fit and keep it simple by one data plan to rule them all. BlackBerry users who try to switch their SIM to another device have long lived with the pain of not having a plan that easily works on non-BB phones. For now, iPhone plans do work fine on other devices.
So to all of the SIM swappers out there or for those of you who flew under the radar, how are you feeling about this? Isn't part the point of having a GSM phone being able to swap the SIM with minimal hassle?