AT&T has just announced some changes to their Data pricing which will take effect on January 22nd, and no there is no unlimited option, I doubt they’ll go back to having one. These plans offer more data and compete a little better with Verizon’s data plans, which is a good thing since at this point they are the only two US carriers with an LTE network, although Big Red’s is the biggest and constantly adding more markets to their LTE network.
Smartphone customers needing additional data can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the AT&T Data Pro 3GB and Data Pro 5GB plans; AT&T Data Plus users will receive an extra 300MB for $20.
Currently, customers pay $5 less per plan for 200MB, 2GB, and 4GB plus tethering. Users will have the option to keep any existing plan, or to change to the new rates when they become available. I would change to the newer rates, if I found myself going over or close to over my limit often. An extra $5 is better then an extra $10 per gigabyte right?
Who’s going to keep their current data plan? Who is going to upgrade? Hit up the comments and tell us. You can find the full Press release from AT&T below.
Dallas, Texas, January 18, 2012
AT&T today announced new data plans for smartphone and tablet customers that will launch this Sunday, January 22. The plans give customers more data and value.
The new smartphone plans include:
The new tablet plans* include:
Existing smartphone and tablet customers will have the choice of keeping their current plans or choosing one of these new plans, and the current $14.99 for 250MB plan for tablet customers will remain available.
To help customers determine which data plan best matches their needs, AT&T has helpful tools atwww.att.com/dataplans – including a data calculator where customers can estimate usage for their typical data activity. Once smartphone and tablet customers are on a plan, AT&T keeps them informed of their usage levels by sending usage alerts as they consume data within their plan. For example, a smartphone customer with AT&T DataPlus 300MB will receive a text message when they consume 65 percent of their data bucket, plus two additional alerts as they approach the 300MB provided with their plan.
“Customers are using more data than ever before,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment.”
Customers are encouraged to keep their device’s Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer’s monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T’s 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide – the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network.** Customers can get more information at www.att.com/wifiaccess.
For more information, visit www.att.com/dataplans.
* Plans are for 30 days and automatically renew every 30 days, unless you cancel service prior to the start of the 30 day renewal. Overage rates only apply to postpaid tablet plans – not session based pricing – and include: $14.99 for 250MB with AT&T DataConnect 250MB; and $10 per additional gigabyte with AT&T DataConnect 3GB and AT&T DataConnect 5GB.
** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
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I pay $40 for the 4gig plan without tethering, and it doesn’t effect me at all as the new rates would have me paying $30 for 3 and when I go over that it would charge me the ten already. I would rather just keep my current plan for four gig and if I go over its still ten a gig. Doesn’t make sense for me to convert.
My fiance and I both use about 800mb of data a month. Why can’t we just have a $10 per 1GB plan? It will suck if we change or upgrade because then it will add even more money to our already expensive cell bill. $70/month for voice, plus $50 Data (2 phones), plus $30 for texting ends up as $150 a month before taxes and fees add another $20. We use maybe 200 minutes a month. Thanks AT&T for being unhelpfull as usual.
what’s the point? They could be offering a gazillion gigs for a $1 but it won’t mean anything if they don’t ever address their spotty service.
AT&T is constantly being voted “worst carrier in the USA”.
Also, they are *YEARS* behind Verizon in 4G LTE coverage.
That’s all I need to know…. regardless of any “new pricing policies”.