AT&T wants to offer you more data: for just a little bit more money.
Here is an odd turn of events from AT&T - in what seems like a strange move by them, they are going to start offering you higher data caps so that you can use more data per month without overages. The only prerequisite? You'll have to shell out an extra five dollars per month. Now before you pre-judge the fact that it will cost more, you should take note that for just five dollars, you are getting a rather large data increase. It's actually a pretty good deal compared to what you're paying for now if you're on the tiered plans.
Currently, if you are paying monthly for a capped data plan from AT&T, then you are on one of the following plans:
- $15/month gets you 200MB/month
- $25/month gets you 2GB/month
- $45/month gets you 4GB/month with tethering
The new data plans that AT&T will be offering are as follows:
- $20/month gets you 300MB/month
- $30/month gets you 3GB/month
- $50/month gets you 5GB/month with tethering
If you're on the 256MB plan already, then upgrading to the 300MB plan for $5 more per month doesn't make much sense. But if you're on either of the other two plans, then $5 gives you a whole extra gigabyte to play around with. I think that is a pretty good deal, considering the fact that 2GB = $25 meaning that you're paying around $12.50 per gigabyte. So getting an extra one for $5 is a steal. I currently have the 2GB plan and I will be upgrading to the 3GB plan as soon as I get the chance to.
These new tiers will become available to you beginning January 22nd. You can upgrade online, over the phone, or through an AT&T store near you. If you are grandfathered into the unlimited data plan, then this change will not affect you and you can keep your unlimited data. If you are on the current AT&T plans and you plan to upgrade to the new plans on January 22nd, you can upgrade without renewing your contract for another two years. So you can upgrade and cancel your contract one month after you upgrade without paying a cent more for early termination fees (assuming that you've completed 2 years of your contract already).
Will you upgrade to the new AT&T data plans if you're currently tiered on AT&T's network? Share in the comments.
Sources: Cowboy (AT&T employee)