AT&T Intros New Smartphone and Tablet Data Plans Starting at $20 per Month


AT&T has announced a new set of tiered pricing plans for data-hungry smartphone and tablet users. Data usage is broken down into five plans (three for smartphones, two for tablets) that provide varying bandwidth for prices ranging from $20 to $50. It starts with the AT&T Data Plus plan, which allots 300MB of data for $20 per month. For every 300MB chunk over that limit users will be assessed a $20 fee. Things get a bit more manageable with the $30 per month AT&T Data Pro 3GB plan. For power users there is the $50 AT&T Data Pro 5GB with mobile hotspot and tethering. For both Data Pro plans every 1GB over the limit equates to a $10 fee. For tablet users the AT&T DataConnect plan is available in two options. 3GB for $30 or 5GB for $50.

For the average user, the $30 options provide the most bang for buck with a lower penalty for going over the monthly limit. Current subscribers won’t be required to sign up for one of the new options when they launch on January 22nd.

AT&T Launches New Data Plans

Customers Get More Data, More Value

Dallas, Texas, January 18, 2012

AT&T today announced new data plans for smartphone and tablet customers that will launch this Sunday, January 22. The plans give customers more data and value.

The new smartphone plans include:

AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering
Smartphone customers needing additional data can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the AT&T Data Pro 3GB and Data Pro 5GB plans; AT&T Data Plus users will receive an extra 300MB for $20.

The new tablet plans* include:

AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
Existing smartphone and tablet customers will have the choice of keeping their current plans or choosing one of these new plans, and the current $14.99 for 250MB plan for tablet customers will remain available.

To help customers determine which data plan best matches their needs, AT&T has helpful tools – including a data calculator where customers can estimate usage for their typical data activity. Once smartphone and tablet customers are on a plan, AT&T keeps them informed of their usage levels by sending usage alerts as they consume data within their plan. For example, a smartphone customer with AT&T DataPlus 300MB will receive a text message when they consume 65 percent of their data bucket, plus two additional alerts as they approach the 300MB provided with their plan.

“Customers are using more data than ever before,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Our new plans are driven by this increasing demand in a highly competitive environment, and continue to deliver a great value to customers, especially as we continue our 4G LTE deployment.”

Customers are encouraged to keep their device’s Wi-Fi turned on because data usage over Wi-Fi does not count against a customer’s monthly data plan. As an added value, AT&T smartphone and tablet customers have access at no additional charge to AT&T’s 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide – the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network.** Customers can get more information at

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  1. Not bad all things considered

  2. not a bad option i guess

  3. These companies are killing any customer loyalty they have.  The minute a new solution comes along, they will be turned into relics. And that’s a good thing, because fuck them.

    1. There is TON OF OPTIONS here in the US for cell phone service. Do you take a company this personally?

      1. Tons of options?

        Actually, no there isn’t. The US wireless industry is one of the least competitive industries in this country. Options are actually few and competition is practically nonexistent. Hence the reason the At&t/T-mobile merger was blocked

        1. Ya right.
          You have more options for cell service than you do for landline service, pay TV, and home internet.
          Seriously what more do you want?

      2. I don’t even have AT&T.  I just don’t support blatant money grabs by companies.  Remember when they killed unlimited data and claimed that 98 percent of users use less than 2GB?  Do you really think that’s changed so dramatically since then?  No.  AT&T just wants more money for delivering the same amount of service.

  4. WOW their base data rate is better and lower penalty than tmobile! 
    Yesterday I called Tmobile and scaled back my use and they said some new plans are supposed to be arriving in February. She told me to keep an eye out for them but couldn’t give me any details. 

    1. there are no new plans, all they did was to add tethering to the hiugher data plans for a limited time

  5. What was wrong with 2GB for 25 bucks?

    the 450 minutes with M2aM, unlimited text, and 2GB comes out to 85 bucks (only 5 more than Sprint’s M2aM plan). With this, AT&T essentially has raised their price to 90 bucks.

    I’m looking to switch from Sprint to AT&T for better building penetration, but I’ve been waiting for the Asus Padfone before doing the switch.

  6. Just when I was starting to think about getting an at&t data plan, they raise all of their prices. It used to be $15 for 200MB, $25 for 2GB, and $45 for 4GB and tethering. Now they’re raising all their prices by $5/month, or $120/contract and offering a bit more data for each one to try to compensate.

    I can’t wait until Republic Wireless gets some good phones, lol.

    1. its kind of funny to me that these companies say “the average smartphone user uses less than 2GB of data each month.”  Yet here they are now practically forcing EVERYONE to purchase larger, more expensive plans. I know ATT is known for their greed.. but wow.

    2. The PR doesn’t say anything about raising rates and forcing a plan change on existing customers; only about ADDING NEW plan options for new/existing customers.

      1. Hey, you’re right. The wording of the article was a bit confusing, but it seems like this won’t actually replace the old ones.

  7. I would burn through 300mb in no time.  Over fee aint bad tho.  ATT sucks anyways MEDIOCRITY

  8. Tmobile has 5 gigs for $30 and 10gigs for 60 bucks.
    3 gigs wouldnt be enough for me. 5 gigs is perfect and i was grandfathered in for the $20 for 5 gigs data.

  9. They should include roll over data like roll over minutes! First idea! Lol.

  10. I’m gonna pass on ATT.. And apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    Congratulations ATT, you’ve been awarded one of the 5 most hated company’s by MSN!

  11. Phandroid,

    Do you know that chrome is showing that your website is infected with a malware.

    1. you can post pics in posts? im also getting that warning

    2. Firefox was aswell

  12. I have AT&T and have never had any problems with their service *ducks*

    1. The only ‘problem’ is the overpriced cost for their services…

  13. I still give u a BIG FUCK U AT&T! You only doing this cause you loss your billion dollars in cash trying too buy T-Mobile. Now we the consumers have too suffer for your over price plans. Just give US OUR UNLIMITEDN DATA BACK! May be then youll gain more customers and sell lots of phones.

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