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    Ok I keep cruising the internet to find as much info as possible to help the confusion with AT&T's new plans. I wish they would just leave their plans alone! Hot off of their facebook page here it is.




    New Wireless Data Plans

    We have thought long and hard about how to come up with a data pricing structure that serves the largest number of people and brings the benefits of the mobile broadband revolution to those who have been, until now, unable to afford it. Here's where we started: 98% of our customers use less than 2GBs of data a month on average...and yet the traditional “one size fits all” pricing model has been that EVERYBODY pays for the ability to consume much more than what the vast majority of our customers typically use. Day after day we listen to you guys tell us that smartphone plans are too high and that you want to be able to get the best phones at a lower monthly price. We've looked at all kinds of options and where we've landed is a usage-based pricing system for new smartphone customers that can lower the price for smartphone use. So here's the deal: if you are a current smartphone customer you're not required to switch to one of the new plans. However, if you'd like a data plan more tailored to your needs, you can switch to one of the two new plans we're introducing.

    Below you'll find more details on these new plans. Take a look and if you have any questions, head back over to the wall and we'll do our best to address whatever concerns you have.

    DataPlus:. For people who want the coolest smartphones on the market, but intend to use them mostly for calling, texting, sending email, occassionally checking social networks and surfing the Web, or who plan to take advantage of Wi-Fi for much of their data use, we're offering a new plan that is half the price of the current data plan: 200MB for $15 a month. That's enough, for example, 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 (though your usage will vary based on your Internet usage patterns). This plan is intended for people who use less than 200 MB, but if you go over that amount in a monthly billing cycle, you will receive an additional 200 MB for $15 for use during the billing cycle.

    DataPro: For those who want more, we're offering 10 times the data for $25 a month. 2GB is a lot of data...it's more than 98% of our current smartphone customers use a month on average today. For example, it’s 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. (Again, your usage will vary based on your internet usage patterns.) If you go over that amount in a given billing cycle you will receive 1 GB of data for $10 for use during the cycle.

    Tethering: Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases OS 4 this summer.
    So, with the new wireless data plans, pricing for a smartphone voice and data bundle now starts at $54.99 per month for an individual plan, or $24.99 per month for an additional line on a FamilyTalk plan. That's $15 per month less than the price of the previous entry level bundle.

    For new iPad customers: the $25 per month 2 GB plan will replace the existing $29.99 unlimited plan. iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan are not required to change their plans.

    Customer Text Notifications On Data Usage: We want to help you know how much data you’re using to avoid any surprises. So to keep you up to date we will send text notifications – after you reach 65 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of the threshold. We’ll also send you email alerts if we have your email address.

    We looked at a ton of different options to arrive at a system that was flexible, fair and predictable for the largest number of people and what we’ve heard again and again (especially from you guys on Facebook) was that people wanted lower prices. They also wanted more choice and more control over what they spend on wireless data. We think these plans offer the most flexibility and great value. We’re also really excited about making smart phones more affordable so that a larger number of people can enjoy the benefits of the mobile internet. Another thing that we found when we were researching this is that everyone we talked to thought they were using more data than they actually were. So to figure out how much data you actually use and how what plan makes sense for you, here are a couple of ways that you can check your data use:

    Just Call *DATA# from your wireless phone. (It’s an actual call btw…not a text) and we’ll send you a free text with how much data you’ve used. Please note that you will see your usage generally within 15 hours or less of actual data usage.

    Select smart phones, including iPhone, also let you use the free AT&T myWireless application to check data usage.

    Go online to get all your usage information, past and present. You will see your usage reflected in these tools generally within 15 hours or less of actual data usage.

    Also, check out our data calculator http://www.att.com/standalone/data-c...tor/index.html It can give you a better idea of which activities tend to use the most data and whether they’re things you are interested in doing.

    You can get more information on the new plans online, by contacting AT&T customer service at 1-800-331-0500, or visiting an AT&T retail store.

    Another thing to consider is whether you are getting the most value out of the Wi-Fi that AT&T offers to smartphone customers at no additional charge. Generally, Wi-Fi gives you consistently fast speeds and it won't count against your monthly usage total. Also, virtually all AT&T smartphone customers have access at no additional charge to more than 20,000 domestic AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots and other locations. You can get more information on how to use Wi-Fi and find the location of AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots. An 802.11 b/g enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See AT&T Wi-Fi for additional services details and locations.

    Finally, we are here to answer your questions. Just head back over to the wall and we’ll do our best to address whatever concerns you have. This page is all about bringing you guys the news first and being here to answer your questions…and to hear your feedback…and this announcement is no different. http://www.facebook.com/ATT?ref=ts
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T New Wireless Data Plans started by thetoothfairy View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I wonder if people complain to their cable or DSL broadband companies.

      "Hey, I only used about a gig of data this month to check emails and youtube. My neighbor downloads movies and games all day and has exceeded 250 GB. Can I get a discount?"

      None of those companies do that (at least in the states, that I am aware of). Why the hell does ATT feel the need to do this? Now that they are doing it... why is 200mb of data so damn expensive? It should be like $5-10, not $15! I am happy to be keeping my current plan. Curious to see how well ATT does with getting new contracts now...

      Quote Originally Posted by beingforthebenefit View Post
      Haha my only internet source is tethering from my iphone. I used 33 gb in the past few days download torrents. Thank god theyll let me keep the unlimited plan.
      You download torrents over your mobile broadband? Idiots like you are a large reason why ATT are doing what they are doing. Congratulations.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      yea, 33GB over 3G is ridiculous.
    1. MacDevil7334's Avatar
      MacDevil7334 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      You download torrents over your mobile broadband? Idiots like you are a large reason why ATT are doing what they are doing. Congratulations.
      I completely agree!

      Also in the original post, it was left out that in order to keep the unlimited iPad data plan, you can never let your coverage lapse. Sounds like a contract to me, especially when one of the selling points of the iPad was unlimited 3G data only when you needed it.
    1. J_Marley's Avatar
      J_Marley -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      So we have people who somehow can't afford to pay $30 a month for unlimited data to blame for this, nice.
      I'd like to point out that there are those of us that are getting screwed over with the current plan because in areas like mine (central Wisconsin) we do not have 3G coverage so we pay an extra $10 a month for something we can't even get.

      The new plans (while I disagree completely with what they are doing) aren't geared towards just iPhone customers but to all data usage customers (htc, samsung, motorola devices). Many people with those devices don't even come close to the usage we iphone users do. Over the last 5 months my max usage per month was about 800mb. I know I have gone over the 2GB max before, but most of us that will go over this already have iPhones and will be able to keep our plans. The new iPhone customers probably won't have a problem staying under that number.

      So for those that a complaining about this new move, you more than likely aren't affected by this so stop complaining. Instead, ask AT&T to provide better 3G (or 4G coverage) for all users so those that are paying more and getting less have the service that we are supposed to get.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I for one was paying for 3G that I did not have. Every since it came out I paid. Finally sometime this year it came to my area.... when I left Michigan in Oct I did not have it but when I came back from Florida two weeks ago I have it.

      I was not happy that I could not get it but still paid for it and if I had to keep paying for it I would have to keep the plans like they have been as I feel the new plans are not fair. I have never been a data hog either but I do like the choice of unlimited which I am grandfathered in but the choice will be gone tomorrow.

      It was like this with minutes before. I am sure in time there will be a war on data and things will get better I hope....
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      So I assume they are still not changing the text plans? I think if they added umlimited texting to the 30 dollar data plan most people would have stopped ********, yet they seem not to be touching texting at all.

      Moving on, most of you who are complaining about these new plans need to put your phones down, step out into the real world and get a life already! If you are using GB's of data on a daily basis you seriously need a ******* life! To many people are joined at the hip with their phones and it's ridiculous...you seriously can't make it to work without using 2GB's of pandora data to stream music then you got major isses lol. Ever heard of a CD or MP3 files? Try them!

      You all say people are ******** and ruining it for the rest...give me a break! I pay more for my data and text plan with AT&T for the iPhone then I do for my God Damn home broadband connection...now if that isn't crazy I'd like to know what is? Other companies (T-Mobile, Sprint) to name a few have cut the cost of unlimited for everything by half of what AT&T is charging and of course Sprint includes texting in their unlimited data plan. I'm not crazy about the new plans with AT&T but it helps, taking off 15 bucks for my data plan is a huge help to me...I don't live on the internet on my phone like others apparently do. I just think it's quite sad...
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      They should haw left the unlimited $30 data package there. And just added rhe $15 250mb package.
      That would make everyone happy wouldn't it?

      They are screwing many users over.

      And if you go over your 250mb package you get charged and additional $15 for an additional 250mb?!? That's rediculous. Why not charge you the additional $10 and for that month it upgrades you to the 2GB package??

      People need to wake up. Cause they are getting shafted. How is it fair? If the 2gb users go over their cap they get an extra gigabyte for $10. Lol

      yet if the 250mb users go over they are charged $15 for an additinal 250mb. Scam!

      Oops. Correction. 200mb cap. Even worse.

      In my eyes:
      dataplus = SCAM
      datapro = FAIL

      btw, im Not even on AT&T. But I just wanted to voice my duscust with new data plans. I'm on tmobile and still paying $4.99 for my unlimited Edge... Edge sucks but oh well. ;-)

      Sorry for all the bad grammar. Autocorrect is Totally dropping the ball. Lol
    1. Philaretus's Avatar
      Philaretus -
      They should just leave the plan how it is and add the option of the $15 for 200MB. I bet not too many people would change it. They are doing this because they want more money, not because they give a crap about their costumers. And by the way, almost everybody doesn't have an iPhone so of course 98% their costumers don't use as much data.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dayvidpriddy View Post
      So I assume they are still not changing the text plans? I think if they added umlimited texting to the 30 dollar data plan most people would have stopped ********, yet they seem not to be touching texting at all.

      Moving on, most of you who are complaining about these new plans need to put your phones down, step out into the real world and get a life already! If you are using GB's of data on a daily basis you seriously need a ******* life! To many people are joined at the hip with their phones and it's ridiculous...you seriously can't make it to work without using 2GB's of pandora data to stream music then you got major isses lol. Ever heard of a CD or MP3 files? Try them!

      You all say people are ******** and ruining it for the rest...give me a break! I pay more for my data and text plan with AT&T for the iPhone then I do for my home broadband connection...now if that isn't crazy I'd like to know what is? Other companies (T-Mobile, Sprint) to name a few have cut the cost of unlimited for everything by half of what AT&T is charging and of course Sprint includes texting in their unlimited data plan. I'm not crazy about the new plans with AT&T but it helps, taking off 15 bucks for my data plan is a huge help to me...I don't live on the internet on my phone like others apparently do. I just think it's quite sad...
      May I kindly ask what is a life to you? What might be a life to you may not be to others. Some may like sports and some may like technology etc... etc....

      EDIT: I don't think data hogs are wrecking for us... I think AT&T wants to make more money and they want to do away with the unlimited plans....

      I also feel the same way you do... I am paying more for my data and such with my phone than my internet in my home. I would like a way to be able to cancel my home and use one for all devices I have....
    1. Philaretus's Avatar
      Philaretus -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post



      You download torrents over your mobile broadband? Idiots like you are a large reason why ATT are doing what they are doing. Congratulations.

      It's not because of him. AT&T would cancel his contract if he was really making them loose money. And that's why the contract says AT&T can cancel contract anytime they need to.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I think AT&T are full of crap, 98% where did they pull this figure? 2gb can be used up pretty quickly. Especialy if you stream video or music. I use the Sirius app in my car, glad I'm grandfathered in. I just think this is a way to combat jailbreaking. People using Cydia, **********, especially MyWi. Why bring Mobi Tv (app sucks) or even Netflix. If they wanted people to be able to afford, make $20 unlimited. Because remember only 2% use over 2gb.
    1. Nophix's Avatar
      Nophix -
      I can say honestly, I'll be keeping my unlimited plan. I routinely go over that 2gb cap. I'm a regional truck driver, and I stream Pandora quite a bit. CD's are too cumbersome to deal with and the selection on Pandora is nice. Not to mention, that is my connection to everything while I'm on the road. I check email, web sites, and the whole mess right from my phone. Average usage is 4-5gb.

      My fear is that by the time I am eligible to upgrade my iPhone, they'll change their minds about the ability to keep my current plan.
    1. Dakirn's Avatar
      Dakirn -
      200 megs being "reasonable" is a complete joke.

      I have 17 days left in my billing cycle and I've used 202 mb. All I've done is listen to a radio station at work with Flycast. And that was only for maybe 6 days this cycle and only for 3-5 hours a day at most.

      This change, along with constantly dropping calls in my house or anywhere else I go has convinced me to drop AT&T along with the iPhone. I'll try my luck with Sprint and the new Evo, which is a lot cheaper and still has unlimited data.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dakirn View Post
      200 megs being "reasonable" is a complete joke.

      I have 17 days left in my billing cycle and I've used 202 mb. All I've done is listen to a radio station at work with Flycast. And that was only for maybe 6 days this cycle and only for 3-5 hours a day at most.

      This change, along with constantly dropping calls in my house or anywhere else I go has convinced me to drop AT&T along with the iPhone. I'll try my luck with Sprint and the new Evo, which is a lot cheaper and still has unlimited data.

      The EVO is an awesome phone I would say go for it but if android is not your thing then you won't like it. A phone is only as good as its OS, and also a big factor is if you live in a 4G or future 4G area, which is the main feature of the phone but it also runs on 3G very well. 4G is currently in 30 or so cites. Check and see if your city is on the list or on the future list. Sprint: First and Only Wireless 4G from a National Carrier. Click "see 4G cites" at the bottom . My city is getting it by the end of the year, yay

      BTW: Sprint is a awesome network and it has coverage nearly the size of Verizon's.
    1. mactwisted's Avatar
      mactwisted -
      @techrider62. ditto.
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      How much bandwith will the new videochatting and online gaming interfaces use up?!
    1. Dakirn's Avatar
      Dakirn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      The EVO is an awesome phone I would say go for it but if android is not your thing then you won't like it. A phone is only as good as its OS, and also a big factor is if you live in a 4G or future 4G area, which is the main feature of the phone but it also runs on 3G very well. 4G is currently in 30 or so cites. Check and see if your city is on the list or on the future list. Sprint: First and Only Wireless 4G from a National Carrier. Click "see 4G cites" at the bottom . My city is getting it by the end of the year, yay

      BTW: Sprint is a awesome network and it has coverage nearly the size of Verizon's.
      The 4G network made the deal that much sweeter, as well as my company having a discount with Sprint.

      I really liked my iPhone but the downsides just aren't worth it. Maybe if they had a different network than AT&T it wouldn't be so bad.. but AT&T having the stones to tell me to buy a device and connect it to my broadband just to get a signal is infuriating.

      I'm fine using Android on a phone that's trying to move forward in technology and not sit stagnant to make more money like Apple is with the iPhone.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      I dont see 2 major issues addressed in the first post, and they are the 2 most important:

      1. If you order an ipad by June 7th how will you get the unlimited plan.

      2. And if your response is you need to sign up by June 6th, then where is the specific guidance from AT&T on how to get a data plan started without having the device.

      With all the "Journalist" sites out there, why can they get an answer to these questions?
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      I stream airvideo and slingbox 2-6 hours a day while I drive my 120 mile commute and have used 7.6gb in the past 3 weeks. If I ever leave work and need my own plan it is going to suck! It's very unfair to drop unlimited and lower the price $5 for such a low data limit.
    1. Ven0M0D's Avatar
      Ven0M0D -
      they should make a plan thats based only wifi...no data charges...no data involved. just pay for a normal plan.