Well AT&T has extended their control over data usage on their network today. AT&T has published a press release today that announces lower priced data plans for all. It announces that instead of unlimited data for $30 a month, instead it will be 200MB for $15 a month and $25 a month for 2GB of data and $10 for each additional GB. AT&T promises to notify users by a text message when they get close to their data usage limit on their plan, the intervals are 65%, 90%, and 100%.
New data rate plans:
- DataPlus. Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 150 emails with attachments, plus view 400 Web pages, plus post 50 photos on social media sites, plus watch 20 minutes of streaming video – for just $15 per month.** This plan, which can save customers up to 50 percent off their wireless data charges, is designed for people who primarily like to surf the web, send email and use social networking apps. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the cycle. Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
- DataPro. Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 1,500 emails with attachments, plus view 4,000 Web pages, plus post 500 photos to social media sites, plus watch 200 minutes of streaming video – for $25 per month.** Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the cycle. Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.
- Tethering. Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers – who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.
With the news that Tethering will be available on iPhone OS 4, I believe AT&T felt they would not be able to handle unlimited data for everyone tethering their iPhone’s to their laptops. Oh by the way, you will have to pay an additional $20 a month for tethering on the iPhone on an AT&T data plan.
I honestly do not like these changes, I think for $30 a month I should be able to tether my phone to my laptop and do whatever I want. For the same price I pay for internet at home and that’s unlimited. What do you think about these changes made by AT&T? Do you think there should be no limit, or do you think what they are doing is right? Comment below.