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AT&T is dissatisfied with iMessage and criticizes "data unlimited"

AT&T is dissatisfied with iMessage and criticizes "data unlimited"

In an interview, Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T briefly addressed the issue of iMessage, pointing out that he did not see very favorably this type of application which allows to dispense with operators to send messages his friends. Even with regard to "unlimited data", it was a very bad idea. “Unlimited Data” has cost AT&T a lot of money and small users have had to pay the costs… Everything seems to indicate that unlimited data is far from becoming commonplace…

In a video interview, the CEO of AT&T spoke on several subjects and did not hesitate to shoot red balls on Apple's policy with its iMessage. "If you use iMessage, you are not using one of our messaging services are you? This has the effect of lowering our revenue from messagingHe explained.

He also spoke at length about the "unlimited data", introduced by the company with the iPhone and abandoned in 2010. "My only regret is how we introduced pricing at the start. How did we get there? 30 dollars and you can use whatever you want in data volumes. " This type of promotion costs a lot of AT&T money, because the users consumed without moderation and it was the small users who had opted for more traditional models who had to pay to meet the costs related to the volumes of large consumers. Since the return of a more conventional tariff plan, AT&T’s revenues are once again in good shape. It remains to be seen whether Apple pushed AT&T to opt for this option at the time, in exchange for a few exclusives for the operator …

Anyway, the AT&T CEO doesn’t seem very happy with his relationship with Apple, although 70% of operator-activated smartphones are iPhones. He further quotes Steve Jobs and his policy when the first iPhone was launched, stressing that support for the iPhone was almost entirely based on the image of Steve Jobs. "We have invested in Steve Jobs"He explained, and obviously not in the iPhone. It remains to be seen whether these small tensions explain or not the increasingly important support for other manufacturers, with in particular the huge campaign supporting the release of the Lumia 900 from Nokia …

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(Source: 9to5mac)