AT&T's tethering plan has long allowed for a mere 2GB of data use which, if you're even a moderate user, isn't really enough to last an entire month. Luckily, the carrier announced today that its doubling that total to 4GB and keeping the $45 price point ($25 for the Data Pro plan, $20 for tethering). In addition, ATT said that they'll be releasing a new Mobile Hotspot app alongside the HTC Inspire 4G on February 13th. The hotspot app, which will be available to "select smartphone customers" is similar to ATT's tethering offering in that users will pay $45 per month and get a total of 4GB of data to blow through. As usual, you can check out the full presser below.
While it's kind of disappointing that AT&T customers will only have 4GB of data to share between all devices, the upside is that those users that have been paying $45 for 2GB of tethering will be getting extra data for no extra charge. The introduction of a Mobile Hotspot app is nice too, and I'm excited to see how it works on the Inspire and other handsets. Plus, this news seems like a good indicator that iPhone owners will be able to use the hotspot app once it gets rolled out to users. Cross your fingers!
AT&T Details Pricing, Launch of AT&T Mobile Hotspot App Coming February 13
Application Provides Additional 2GB of Data, Bundled with AT&T Data Pro
DALLAS, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced select smartphone customers will soon be able to connect multiple devices from their smartphone – via Wi-Fi – thanks to the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. The feature will first be available February 13, beginning with the in-store launch of the HTC Inspire™ 4G. Bundled with the AT&T Data Pro plan, customers will benefit from a total of 4GB for $45 per month.
In addition, also on February 13th, to bring AT&T's smartphone tethering plan in line with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot offer, AT&T will automatically add the additional 2GB of monthly data usage to smartphone customers already on a tethering plan – at no extra charge. Customers will incur the same $20 monthly fee they're accustomed to paying, only now they'll receive an extra 2GB of data each month.
AT&T Mobile Hotspot details include:
* Connectivity for multiple wireless devices to AT&T's mobile broadband network
* 2 GB of data usage for $20 a month, bundled with AT&T's Data Pro plan ($25 / 2GB)
* The combined AT&T Data Pro plus AT&T Mobile Hotspot will provide 4GB for $45 per month
* 4GB applies to collective use among all devices
* Overage fee of $10 per gigabyte
"Our customers want to connect as many devices as possible to the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, which is getting faster with 4G," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.
"We want to extend the benefits of an additional 2GB to smartphone customers on our tethering plan. This delivers more value today for the price they're already paying – and that's what our customers want."
Customers will receive a text message from AT&T – as soon as February 13 – once the additional 2GB has been auto-added to their plan.
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