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AT&T phases out unlimited data plans starting June 7

submitted on June 2, 2010 by mooncow728 in "Products / Gadgets"
AT&T just did away with its all-you-can-eat smartphone data plans — bad news for those who stream video on their iPhones all day, but potentially good news for the rest of us, given that the cheapest of the new capped plans goes for just $15 (rather than $30) a month. Also: AT&T is finally ready to offer iPhone tethering.


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DataPro: Heavy smartphone users will probably opt for this $25-a-month plan, which offers up to 2GB of data a month at a $5 savings over the current unlimited plan. If you go over your 2GB monthly allotment, AT&T will charge you $10 for an additional gigabyte. No, overage charges are never fun, but it's certainly better than typical per-MB overage rates, which result in those catastrophic $50,000 cell phone bills you see on CNN.

DataPlus: A $15-a-month option that offers 200MB of monthly data, good for (as AT&T puts it) 1,000 e-mails without attachments, plus 150 messages with attachments, plus 400 Web pages, plus about 20 minutes of streaming video. If you crack the 200MB monthly cap, you get another 200MB for $15.


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  • 64337
    redsoxrokk
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    Posted by redsoxrokk on June 2, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I am sooooooooooooooo mad about this. I hate AT&T. Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Twisted Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil Once the iPhone comes to verizon, I'm switching right away.
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 2, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Wonder how long until they change the iPad data plans?

    They offer a unlimited plan for $29.99 on the iPad currently.
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 2, 2010
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      Looks like I was wrong about the iPad data plans... they are changing as well. I was just updated to this information.

      Starting June 7 ... No more unlimited. DataPlus - $15 for 200mb of date, DataPro - $25 for 2GB of data, $10 for each additional 1GB if needed. (most data uses rarely hit 2gb a month). How much is 200mb? send/receive 1000 emails (no attachments), send/receive 150 emails with attachments ... view 400web pages, watch 20 minutes of streaming video. How much is 2GB data: send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments, 1500 emails with attachments, view 4000 web pages, stream 200 minutes of video.
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    • redsoxrokk
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      Posted by redsoxrokk on June 2, 2010
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      For the iPad, you can stay on unlimited if you pay each month, but if you cancel for even 1 month, you drop to 2GB. This is bait and switch.
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    WhattaDealBlog
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 2, 2010
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    Gearing up for the iPhone 4G.

    I first thought that the increase in ETF to 300+ was a sign that they might be losing the exclusivity as everyone rumors. But this makes me think maybe thats not the case. At least not as quick as everyone thinks.

    I mean you have highly publicized bad service, dropped calls, poor customer service, high prices and just an all around bad name. You had 2 things going for you unlimited data and lower smart phone ETFs now you have neither. Good luck keeping more then 30% of you iPhone customers if it is indeed offered on another carrier.
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    webbyone2010
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    Posted by webbyone2010 on June 2, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Just means more ATT bandwith for me Twisted .
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    Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 2, 2010
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    http://www.macrumors.com/2010/.....xt-iphone/

    AT&T has replied on their Facebook page indicating that current customers may keep the $30/month unlimited plan even when they upgrade to a new iPhone:

    The good news for current customers who love their unlimited plan is this: they are not required to switch, even when it's time to upgrade to a new phone. So you are welcome to keep your unlimited plan Smile

    Of course, by staying on the unlimited plan, customers won't be able to add on tethering service. See our previous coverage of the new pricing plans for further details.


    I love that a YEAR after tethering is announced for the iPhone that AT&T will finally start allowing it, if you change your plan, pay more, and accept a cap... lol! They have a great sense of humor!
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 3, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Here is a good roundup of what is there good & bad about this switch

    http://daringfireball.net/2010.....data_plans
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    Posted by orangearrows on June 3, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Bad idea - bad for business.

    With ATT soon losing their exclusivity over the iphone - this is a wrong move.

    They are doing this since they approved tethering.

    The sprint all inclusive plan now seems so cool .
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    Posted by MrCheap on June 3, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    The fact that Apple approved Skype iPhone app to work via ATT's data network is not a coincidence either Twisted
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 4, 2010
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    If you order iPad before June 7 you will get unlimited plan even if your iPad comes much later (because it is currently backordered)

    According to an executive at the company, who would not be identified because the company’s efforts were still being discussed internally, AT&T was exploring allowing customers who pay for an iPad before June 7, but don’t get the device in hand, to still sign up for an unlimited data account. And on Friday, a company spokesman said the decision had been made. “AT&T will honor the $29.99 unlimited data pricing for customers who order iPad by June 7,” he said.


    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/.....scussions/
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    • WhattaDealBlog
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      Posted by WhattaDealBlog on June 4, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      I'd like to personally take credit for this... I sent Steve Jobs an email complaining, and asking if they could work with AT&T to allow iPad purchasers this exact option, as it was unfair for customers who can't get an iPad in time to sign up.

      PS Yes, I really did email him about this, and no I really don't think I made this happen. But still... It could of been! Eeek
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    MrCheap
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    Posted by MrCheap on June 5, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    2GB is only enough to watch 10-15 hours of streaming video. If you were planning to buy iPad 3G then unlimited data is a must!

    http://www.clicker.com/blog/ho.....ata-plans/

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