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    Starting June 7th new AT&T subscibers will no longer have the option for an unlimited data plan. Instead you will have a $15/month option for 200MB of data or $25 for 2GB of data. These two plans encompass 98% of all existing users; however, the small percentage of users who use more than the allotted 2GB will have to pay an additional $10 per GB. New iPad users are also affected and only have the option of $25 for 2GB of data.

    Existing customers will be able to keep their unlimited plans and be "grandfathered" in. For many users that love their smartphones but don't use much data this is a huge cost savings and long awaited. AT&T has stated that the top 3% of data users consume 40% of network bandwidth so they are hoping this will curb usage and put less stress on the network.

    On another note... AT&T has announced the introduction of tethering!! It will be available starting June 7th for an additional $20 per month.

    Via WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No more unlimited data plans for new AT&T customers started by Poseidon79 View original post
    Comments 245 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by MAntognoli View Post
      So if the look can they tell the difference between people tethering and people just surfing the internet on their phones?
      Quite easily.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      "heaviest bandwidth users, time to pay your share"?

      What is this suddenly 1993 again? 40 bucks a month for a couple of megs of dialup? Perhaps AT&T should have thought twice before allowing their network to be over loaded with data when they weren't and still aren't even capable of handling it as advertised.

      Instead they punish the consumer because they (AT&T) didn't have enough forethought (or maybe they did) at what was going to happen.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      This will be like the bandwidth caps home ISPs have. Huge uproar at first then will slowly die down. Most ISPs have a cap of 25gig a month average. Comcast is the highest at 250gig a month.
    1. Get_Zwole's Avatar
      Get_Zwole -
      This sucks i just got my mom put on my plan so im stuck with ATT, wish i would have known i would have gone for the evo 4g with sprint damnit. i listen to about 3 hours of i heart radio a day along with 4 hours of lex and terry radio app, and surf on mine half the day. I use about a gig every 10 days this sucks. thats just on average sometimes if im out of town i hit 8 to 10gigs a month this could get steep.
    1. lividian1's Avatar
      lividian1 -
      Sigh .... If only people would read first
    1. jrny99's Avatar
      jrny99 -
      Higher early terminaruin fees. ****** service. Think I'm done with ATT
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      You can use 200MB in a day just by streaming Pandora for 6-8 hours. I'm glad I don't use AT&T on my iPhone. It will be interesting if the rate of new subscribers will go down after June 7th.
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I've use around 3 to 6gb every single month for the passed year on my 3GS and my bill amount has ALWAYS been the same. I own no computer & have no wifi, I do everything on the Iphone. My bandwidth gets this high because I use apps like sligbox and 3g un-estrictor alot for many others. I will simply buy a laptop and my solution should be solved. I don't see how people here think apply is doing them a favor, my girlfriend uses 220mb a month by just using facebook! Smart move AT&T.
      I use 4-6GB a month consistently. This month may be more now that I've been tethering my wifi iPad.

      My wife uses around 1.2GB per month. I asked her if she would like to move to the 2GB $25 plan and she said what's the f-in point. Whoopdi doo we save 5 dollars.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I think the vast majority of US users will notice a sharp increase in service when the few very heavy users leave to go to Sprint/Verizon/Australia
      The 3G network was never designed for that kind of abuse.
      Unfortunatly the service is likely to deteriorate as the users drift back when they realise the grass isn't greener...

      But I could be wrong.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jrny99 View Post
      Higher early terminaruin fees. ****** service. Think I'm done with ATT
      New ETF doesn't apply to you. Even if it did, why are higher ETF an issue? Who breaks contract that often to be affected by them?
    1. Squeaky369's Avatar
      Squeaky369 -
      Have fun on Verizon haters....

      Verizon admitted years ago that it's "unlimited" data plan has a 5GB cap; and there has already been some leaked news that they are going to drop their plans as well.

      So go with Sprint you *******... Enjoy a 4G phone that only gets 4G in 50 sq miles of the US and lasts 2 hours on battery life...

      Why the hell do you need more then 2GB of data a month anyway, get a god damn life if your on your stupid *** phone that much.

    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I often use over 2Gb a month - but then I'm on T-Mobile and have a 3Gb limit.

      Thank you for pointing out that I am a loser - I hadn't realised....

    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      I use over 2gb HOW I stream Sling from my new DISH NETWORK RECEIVER vip 922 so lets see first i paid apple $30.00 for stupid sling player now ... I have to pay ATT for streaming that video ... cause of there stupid 2GB CAP ATT why dont you make even more smarter move just shut down your company END OF YOUR EVERY PROBLEM ATT SUCKS
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Most plans in the UK have a 1Gb cap - (apart from Vodafone where it's only 500Mb) but streaming is prohibited.
      No wonder people in the USA complain of AT&T's performance if people are using so much data.
    1. 01grander's Avatar
      01grander -
      Yeah....i'm one of those 2% that use more than 2gb....a lot more
    1. Tylus's Avatar
      Tylus -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      what's the f-in point. Whoopdi doo we save 5 dollars.
      that is the whole deal. you get "Unlimited" for $30 a month. I haven't heard of anyone actually ever finding the upper limit. So AT&T appears to be good for that much.

      However, for $25 NEW USERS will be capped at 2GB. That is pure ****. A whole $5 saved and you lose so much so much while AT&T gains everything.

      If you don't use your iPhone, I am all for saving some money. That is why the $15 option is cool. You can still use the phone, but if you aren't utilizing it, you aren't dropping an extra $15 for no reason.

      but still, how can AT&T justify the 2BG limit? Pure crap. And most sheeple will just say whatever. Thank god I'm grandfathered in. I use anywhere from 500mb a month to almost 10GB once. Just depends what is going on.
      AT&T keeps making it harder and harder to justify staying with them. The $20 tethering is pure ******** as well. I tether my laptop occasionally when I'm not at home, and it works great. But I sure as hell wouldn't pay $50 a month ($30 unlimited plan + $20 tether fee) just for that service...if you can call it a service.

      AT&T needs to update their network and quit screwing the customer.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I would not be surprised if AT&T start enforcing the 5Gb cap on the $30 plan now and start clamping down on tethering (which is specifically prohibited, I believe).
    1. corradoking's Avatar
      corradoking -
      All this BS is making me want to switch to Verizon. I hate AT&T....
    1. iphone925's Avatar
      iphone925 -
      Hi here is a picture of normal usage of iphone SO ATT LIES

      ATT STOP LYING that u wont be able to use 2gb we live in the world of youtube once u start watching those videos or .. watch sling 2gb is going to be gone within days
    1. geekgrrl's Avatar
      geekgrrl -
      Forget all streaming video.

      I purchased MiFI from Sprint, got the 5 GB. I was over, and I only turned it ON and OFF driving to Montana and back to see if it worked on my "main route" between here and there.

      It did.

      I checked the Weather Radar and Rest Stops apps. I looked at Map Quest route directions thru Pasco-Kennewick road construction.

      I was billed for going over 5 GB.

      I had been "hacked" the first day, fiddling with it in Peet's coffee shop.

      Think about that! Any "limited plan" sucks!

      Sprint would not back off of it. Do you think AT&T will be different?