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AT&T raises wireless data plans' limits—and costs

Consumer Reports News: January 19, 2012 09:38 AM

AT&T will offer new wireless data plans with higher monthly data caps soon. But, the additional data allotment for customers with smart phones and tablets will also come at a higher cost—an extra $5 per month or $60 per year.

According to AT&T's official release, on January 22, new smart phone customers will have a choice of three new monthly data plans—$20 for 300MB, $30 for 3GB, and $50 for 5GB, including the ability to share the wireless data connection with other devices. The 3GB and 5GB monthly plans will also be available to new subscribers with tablets that have 3G wireless data modems built-in. Wireless hogs who need even more data will pay an extra $10 for every additional gigabyte (or $20 for 300MB if on the lower plan) of data used.

Current subscribers can keep their existing data plans—$15 for 200MB, $25 for 2GB and $45 for 4GB, which also includes tethering. But once customers make a switch to the new pricier plans, they can't go back. And after Jan. 22, the existing $15 for 250MB monthly plan for tablets will be the only legacy plan offered to new tablet owners.

Is the additional gigabyte of data worth the extra $5 per month? Check out Consumer Reports' buying advice on mobile phones and services for more information on how to decide.

AT&T Launches New Data Plans [AT&T press release]
AT&T to adjust data plans January 22nd, offers more gigs for more money [Engadget]

Paul Eng

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