AT&T 86′s Google Play Movie streaming via 3G and LTE
In a move that I am sure will enrage more than a few of our readers, AT&T has apparently added one more reason to the list of why it is increasingly becoming known as the nation’s most restrictive carrier. No longer will customers be able to stream movies and TV episodes from the Google Play Store over Ma Bell’s LTE or 3G network.
Yep. All that hard-earned money you spend each month on your phone bill has just earned you one less thing than you had yesterday. How nice of them, right?
Personally, I’ve yet to purchase anything from the video catalog on Google Play, so the fact that the service has been blocked wouldn’t offend me much, if AT&T were my carrier. What I would be pissed about (and I’m sure some of you will, too), is the fact that I’m being told how I can use the data I’m paying a monthly fee for.
Who the hell does AT&T think they are? Seriously?
If I want to use my allotted portion of data on the first day of my billing cycle, I should be able to do so — and I should be able to do so in whatever manner I see fit.
Now, I can totally understand if AT&T were trying to do something to say, stop online piracy. We all know it isn’t legal to download pirated copies of digital content — in any fashion. The problem here is, Google Play is a legitimate source that charges customers a fee for everything they choose to watch. There are no laws being broken here, so there should be absolutely no interference by AT&T (or any other carrier, for that matter).
Frankly, if I were an AT&T customer, I’d be all over every email address and phone number they have, complaining to anyone I can get on the line. Of course, that’s just me.
AT&T customers — whaddaya think? Are you going to just stand by idle and let your carrier control every aspect of your smartphone usage? What’s next? Will they ban Google searches over the network for some random, obscure reason?