September 24, 2018 6:08:07A few weeks ago, the wireless industry got a big surprise when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it was allowing internet service providers to charge customers more for their data plans.
But when the wireless carrier and the company behind the popular messaging app Whatsapp, who makes the Whatsapp app, announced a new $20 bill to be introduced, the idea of paying for the data that gets used by your smartphone is now back in the news.
We’ve talked about how people are now paying for data before, but the idea that a company is trying to force a user to pay for the use of their data is new.
The concept of an “unlimited data plan” is not new.
It was even proposed in 2017 as a way to encourage mobile users to spend more time on their devices, but it never gained traction.
The new bill, which was just announced on Friday, is the first time we’ve heard about a company that’s trying to convince a user that data they’re paying for is a necessary evil, and that it’s the user’s responsibility to pay it.
“The new $10 bill is not a new idea,” the company said in a blog post announcing the bill, noting that it was the product of “a thoughtful, collaborative process with industry leaders.”
“The FCC’s decision to allow a carrier to charge a premium for internet data usage is a step in the right direction, but more can be done to ensure consumers are getting value for their digital dollars,” the blog post continued.
“We are asking the FCC to adopt this new rule to help consumers save money on their monthly data charges.”
The company that makes Whatsapp is called Ims Telecommunications.
In 2014, Ims said it planned to launch a $30 messaging service in the US by the end of 2018.
The company’s CEO, David Pechenault, recently told TechCrunch that the new $40 messaging service would be free for everyone, and the plan would be available to everyone.
In a blog entry on Friday morning, Pecenault said the new bill would allow users to “pay for what they use.”
“You’ll now be able pay for what you use,” he wrote.
“Your data usage will be a premium feature on Whatsapp.”
That’s not what people are saying.
Users have been telling TechCrunch for weeks that they’re unhappy with the new pricing plan, and have even started a Change.org petition.
That petition has more than 13,000 signatures.
“What are you going to do with the money?” asks one person on the petition.
“They will force you to use more data than you would otherwise?”
Another person responds: “How much money is a $20 plan for?
$30 for 10,000 messages?
$100 for 20,000?”
In a statement to TechCrunch, Imp wrote that the $10 messaging plan would allow people to “see what their data usage was in the past, which will help you plan for your next month and what you can do to reduce your data usage.
Ims also said that the company “remains committed to offering its users the best and most secure messaging experience possible.”
To cancel a new plan, please call 1-800-841-9222,” the statement reads.