AT&T Announces New Data Plans and Confirms Tethering

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Starting June 7th, new AT&T customers with have 2 choices for their mobile data plan, which also includes the iPad:

  • 200MB DataPlus plan for $15 per month
  • 2GB DataPro plan for $25 per month

    If you go over your allowed usage, you will be charged at $15 per 200MB on the DataPlus plan, and $10 per GB on the DataPro plan.

    If you are currently on an unlimited data plan, you will be able to keep that plan if you want.

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    AT&T has also confirmed that tethering will be available on the iPhone after the release of the 4.0 OS. Tethering will cost you another $20. The catch though is that you have to switch to the Dataplus plan, and lose your unlimited data plan. $45 ($25 for the Dataplus plan, $20 for the tethering access) to share your iPhone internet to another device would be alright if there wasn’t a 2gig cap on it. I think this will drive customers that really want or need tethering to other phones and carriers with more reasonable rates.

    These new plans will offer a cheaper alternative for light users and by restricting the data usage from heavy users, it will help AT&T’s already overloaded 3G network.

  • Tim Martin is a Technology specialist, who gives us insights into the technology and software that helps us to get through our day. Technology is everywhere, an increasingly pervasive part of our lives. Tim helps us make sense of it in many ways.