Heads up, AT&T customers! Today AT&T announced that it's launching some new data plans this Sunday, January 22nd. Currently the carrier offers three smartphone data plans that include either 200MB, 2GB or a tethering plan with 4GB of data for $15, $25 or $45 per month, respectively. AT&T's new data packs bump up the amount of data included in each plan to 300MB, 3GB and 5GB (with tethering), with pricing for each set at $20, $30 or $50 per month. Customers on the 300MB plan that use up their monthly allotment can pony up $20 for another 300MB, while folks on the 3GB and 5GB offerings will be able to pay $10 per gigabyte for extra data. New tablet plans are also on tap, with customers having the option of 3GB per month for $30 or 5GB for $50. AT&T says that customers with one of its current data plans can hold onto them if they so choose.
These new plans may not be quite the same as AT&T's old unlimited offering that some customers are still holding onto, but they're still decent deals, especially considering that folks currently on the 2GB and 4GB plans can get an extra gig per month for just $5 more. And hey, if the new data packs aren't your cup of tea, you can always stick with what you've got. Any of you AT&T users out there going to jump on one of the carrier's new data plans this weekend?
AT&T Launches New Data Plans
Customers Get More Data, More Value
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:
AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering
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.
The new tablet plans* include:
AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
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 at www.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.
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