Having had a data only plan from BellSouth (now AT&T), the cheapest plan was around $60 per month for unlimited.  At the time there were not any other plans.  All of the plans except the LaptopConnect plans (the ones that require a PC Card or Express Card) require a voice line on the phone line.  This has been my experience, please feel free to prove me wrong.

-Eric

----- Original Message ----
From: Craig Hughes <craig@gumstix.com>
To: General mailing list for gumstix users. <gumstix-users@lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:26:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Gumstix-users] Goliath pricing, and service plans

So I just found this on the AT&T business page.  Seems like they do  
have a fair few options for data-only plans:

<http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/popup/dataconnect-comp-
table.jsp>

Looks like you can get a 5MB/mth plan for $9.99; Unlimited data-only  
is $19.99 though both these plans carry this cryptic footnote:

Prices reflect a $5/month discount for voice and require eligible  
wireless voice plan be activated and maintained on the same device  
or, for LaptopConnect Cards, the same account. (Limited to one  
discounted price per eligible voice plan; separate voice and devices  
may be required.)

No idea what that means.  Probably means "yeah, sorry you can't  
actually do that".  It's not clear if the "LaptopConnect" plans,  
which seem to be the cheapest when not including a separate voice  
plan, are possible to purchase/use without an actual LaptopConnect  
card...

Under "personal" instead of "business" plans, there appear to be even  
more options to choose from.


T-mobile (the other US GSM operator) has these "internet-only" plans:

<http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/Default.aspx?
plancategory=7#Internet+Only>

$50 seems a little steep for unlimited internet-only, but on the  
other hand, there are no complex footnotes to figure out here -- it  
looks like you could just get a SIM card from T-mobile to plug into a  
Goliath.


There are some other options out there, but it's hard to gauge how  
mature any of them are.  We'll continue working on exploring this to  
provide better answers for our customers,

C

On Jul 12, 2007, at 11:56 AM, Randall Nortman wrote:

> Has pricing on these boards been announced yet?  Did I just miss it?
>
> And also, does anybody know anything about cheap GPRS service plans
> for low data volume, high latency applications?  My company has a
> bunch of little devices out in the field that need to talk back to
> home base, and we'd love to use GPRS/EDGE to do it, but the plans from
> the major carriers are too expensive for our requirements -- we don't
> send much data, and we'd be happy to queue all the data up for
> transmission during off-peak hours when the network is underutilized
> anyway.  Seems like we ought to be able to get that for less than
> $5/month/device if we have enough devices out there.  Anybody have any
> idea who I'd talk to do get info on service plans like that?  I
> suspect a lot of gumstix/goliath users might have similar
> requirements.
>
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