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  • No more unlimited data plans for new AT&T customers

    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. kingchkn's Avatar
      kingchkn -
      There is a thing on ATT's site that allows you to check your usage. I am on the fence as to whether or not it's worth saving the $5 for me. I use more that 200 but way less that 2GB. Go to billing reports under Bill & Payments and you can create a custom report for usage. 90% of the time I'm on a WIFI network.
    1. bigdrdok's Avatar
      bigdrdok -
      Ok **** AT&T fareal...they on dat bullshii
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Why would you leave? It doesn't affect you.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      Glad I already have the unlimited data plan for my iPhone and iPad 3G. Seems shady to limit users to 2 GB
    1. netpred's Avatar
      netpred -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingchkn View Post
      There is a thing on ATT's site that allows you to check your usage. I am on the fence as to whether or not it's worth saving the $5 for me. I use more that 200 but way less that 2GB. Go to billing reports under Bill & Payments and you can create a custom report for usage. 90% of the time I'm on a WIFI network.
      There is also a neat data calculator if you want to play around with what would happen if you used a lot more data.

      Data Calculator
    1. jadi929's Avatar
      jadi929 -
      too bad i pay 5 bucks for edge on my tmobile iphone 2g
    1. itsmejdn's Avatar
      itsmejdn -
      I called AT&T before (2 months ago), their "unlimited" was always just 8GB. They said there is no way in hell that someone can go close to 8GB. So, by reading the new policy, the grandfathered "unlimited" will be changed to 5GB. Weaksauce. LOL.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by itsmejdn View Post
      I called AT&T before (2 months ago), their "unlimited" was always just 8GB. They said there is no way in hell that someone can go close to 8GB. So, by reading the new policy, the grandfathered "unlimited" will be changed to 5GB. Weaksauce. LOL.
      If someone at AT&T told you 8GB, they flat out lied. It's always been 5GB from the get-go.
    1. nave3d's Avatar
      nave3d -
      I wish they had that 15 dollar plan here cuz thats all i need. I got the 6gb one right now and only use like 150mb/month. Also, 20 bucks for tthering? Are they ****** retarded? Its free here with fido and rogers as long as you got 1gb+ plan
    1. Chrischen's Avatar
      Chrischen -
      Switch to a CDMA network? do u have a cdma iphone or iPad? u have to buy a new one.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      iMaconApple
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      Ok so i have a 3GS paying unlimited data 30$ I'm looking to buy iPhone 4G but can't get discount till November if I buy at full price can I still use my 30$?what about that micro sim card how would that effect when I buy..Will I be affected by the limit data plan?
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      change is allways so scary
    1. Count Tracula's Avatar
      Count Tracula -
      Man, i can break 250 with a couple spankwire downloads.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      I don't understand the math behind the new plans. If we compare by the old unlimited plan, It's $5 cheaper to own the new (very-limited) data plan but $10 more if you need to raise the cap???
    1. kingchkn's Avatar
      kingchkn -
      I think they would have been better doing a 1GB for $10, 2GB for $15 and then add the $10 per overage. I mean it costs them a measly $.14 per text (or something along those lines) They can re-adjust that number if needed. I believe all companies across the board really need to look at their margins and decide if a 150% gain is really more important that say a 125% gain and offering better service and rates. Have they not learned that they can charge less and make more simply on volume? How many of us really even use the "data" portion? I know that I run 90-95% of my data on various WIFI networks. There are so many here in the Philly area that I could probably get away with a touch, but then I'd have to carry a phone and that's just stupid!
    1. itsmejdn's Avatar
      itsmejdn -
      It would be really messed up if they did this new price change, just to ease their bandwidths without doing the upgrades. I remember reading that AT&T is investing a lot of time and money to increase their bandwidth output. Maybe their "building plans" was to just raise the price, and hope users don't use the bandwidth that much. LOL.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
      iMaconApple
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      Ok so i have a 3GS paying unlimited data 30$ I'm looking to buy iPhone 4G but can't get discount till November if I buy at full price can I still use my 30$?what about that micro sim card how would that effect when I buy..Will I be affected by the limit data plan?
      You seriously can't wait until November.... Do you like getting screwed?

      Full price or not, att will obligate you to sign a new 2 year contract for service. A new contract may require you to upgrade your existing account in order to support the new iphone.

      ex employee
    1. RyanWS's Avatar
      RyanWS -
      Yeah, I forgot that I pay 30 a month now, I wad thinking I payed 15. I guess this is fine, I mean I use my iPhone a lot, but I am sure I'm not in that 2%. And if its by family, and we could spend 100 dollars on, like 9 GB, that saves us money from 120 a month, because my family doesn't use that much. This does suck for those who want to mywi tether to the iPad, though.
    1. kwall's Avatar
      kwall -
      doesnt look like this will kill me.... the good news is it will lower my bill!
    1. tellytel's Avatar
      tellytel -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingchkn View Post
      There is a thing on ATT's site that allows you to check your usage. I am on the fence as to whether or not it's worth saving the $5 for me. I use more that 200 but way less that 2GB. Go to billing reports under Bill & Payments and you can create a custom report for usage. 90% of the time I'm on a WIFI network.
      where is this at? Im looking and i can only do it manually?

      From the 2 months i looked i never went over 200mb. Might not be too bad.