6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Inside Scoop: The frenzy over shared data plans

About Video Transcript

Inside Scoop: The frenzy over shared data plans

3:13 /

There's a movement toward a new type of mobile plan. Bridget Carey chats with senior writer Maggie Reardon about why consumers are getting worked up about the changes.

Hi I'm Bridget -- -- -- insights -- -- at me today is Maggie -- author of the ask Maggie -- you can find every week and -- just recently explained the differences of these. New data plans -- seen it -- -- Verizon where you share your data. But you have unlimited voice and tax I have to ask. What is the number one question you get when it comes to data plans from readers. Wow well good then and number one question I get is how to -- keep my humanity -- That's something that Verizon has taken away from a lot of subscribers out there people who -- grandfathered in now in their contracts expire. On to be able to keep their unlimited data plan they have to buy a new phone -- public -- -- But -- long he'll take the subsidy you're okay to keep it as long as you want. And and that's. The question that everybody -- because people are just deathly afraid of losing an -- that -- I wanna keep. -- unlimited data I love a lot of people are really focused around that is it that much worse are much worse off compared keeping with our limited plans. You know its kind in -- -- year because people don't actually need the most people. Are using on average between 40500. Megabytes. I think the fear is that. -- -- -- You know they're gonna start streaming on Netflix users watching on YouTube -- -- -- that it's out there and went to get -- your unlimited data plan yet. Now AT&T they're not only offering this data share and still offering Apple plans and you could not. You can keep your unlimited plan to set keep upgrading. Hang -- that unlike right. Right right so with AT&T. Now they are pretty cap on how much. Eighty you can use with that plan to start slowly down after three gigabytes but the thing I think a lot of people are confused about is -- keep hearing this -- experts. Consumer advocates who say these plans are terrible there and it. You people are gonna pay so much more than they ever were before and and really people aren't paying more company's plans for the -- plan. There they're just getting -- and I think that irks people. And I also. AT&T is giving people a choice they don't necessarily have to get. It now. With Verizon when they announced that when you upgrade -- out as the sun and that people were. -- -- -- -- from lots of readers who were upset AT&T didn't go -- that same -- -- try to learn a lesson -- -- and -- brightening can do what it once because it's just a better carry on you'll hear people complaining about dropped calls or. Really. Crappy -- speeds because they have a solid network -- investing in their network you know I'm someone who actually AT&T has thought about. On moving to -- because it's a better service but. It tends to be more expensive they tend to be a little bit more restricted but. But that's the trade off and they know and so you know customers are really upset about it they should -- -- And doesn't make up. -- thank -- for CNET average.

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 140: Google's Atari AI, a futuristic doghousedoghouse for £20,000 and more
26:40 March 5, 2015
On today's show, we check out an impressive robot that could be a precursor to dinosaur robots, an AI build from Google that learns...
Play video
The push to make VR headsets mainstream
1:42 March 5, 2015
Video games are literally going to people's heads. At the Game Developers Conference, virtual reality headsets were all the rage as...
Play video
Inside Scoop: Watches and what else to expect from Apple on March 9
2:49 March 5, 2015
CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Shara Tibken talk about what news might emerge from Apple's upcoming media event in San Francisco. Price and...
Play video
Hackaball brings the iPad to the playground, Ep. 194
4:37 March 5, 2015
This week on Crave we get to play with the Hackaball at the playround, find out what it would be like if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men...
Play video
Meerkat mania: Live-streaming app is new Twitter trend
2:50 March 5, 2015
Learn how to broadcast video on Twitter with Meerkat, get the band back together for Rock Band 4, and let Google be your bartending...
Play video
Netpicks: Free TV episodes and new movies on iTunes for March 2015
1:51 March 5, 2015
It can be hard to catch all the new shows on TV, so Apple's made some premieres free for a limited time. Plus, iTunes gets some movies...
Play video
Kyocera heads for Europe with the rugged Torque
1:07 March 5, 2015
The durable and waterproof Kyocera Torque (s701) sports a 4.5-inch display and sets sail for Europe in the spring.
Play video
Gionee Elife S7 is a super-thin smartphone
1:01 March 5, 2015
This smartphone is a mere 5.5mm thick, and has a 'chameleon' app that themes your mobile around colours picked out by the camera.
Play video