AT&T announces sweeping changes to data rates

AT&T today announced sweeping changes to its data plans for iPhones and iPads. Here’s the gist:
  • No more “all you can eat” data for mobile phones (beginning June 7)
  • DataPlus plan - $15/month for 200MB + $15 per additional 200MB
  • DataPro plan - $25/month for 2GB + $10 per additional 1GB
  • Current unlimited data customers may continue with their unlimited plan
  • iPad gets same plans
  • DataPro plan customers can pay $20 extra ($45 total) to share their 2GB of data between phone and tethered device
Each plan includes unlimited access at no additional charge to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the U.S. To prevent accidental overages AT&T will offer automatic text and email alerts at 65, 90, and 100 percent usage of your monthly allowance. Gizmodo offers a comprehensive breakdown.

Given that 98% percent of its customers use less than 2GB of data per month (at least according to AT&T) I’m fine with the new rates as they’ll mean a reduction for most customers.

I just hope that AT&T includes the iPad in its tethering plan and that it doesn’t require a contract extension if you change data plans.

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