According to the Washington Post, starting June 7, new AT&T customers with the likes of iPhones and BlackBerry Curve “and soon Apple’s 3G wireless-enabled iPad”, will choose between >>>
1) A $15 monthly plan for 200 megabytes of data. If you go over that allotment, you will pay $15 for every additional 200 MB of data used.
2) Or $25 for 2 gigabytes of data. If you go over, you’ll end up paying $10 for each additional gigabyte.
“Existing smart phone customers can renew their unlimited $30 data plans”, says the story, but, “When asked how long a customer can keep renewing, spokesman Mark Seigel said, ‘I can’t speculate on the future’.”
Affected are new subscribers, existing customers who want to upgrade from a basic feature phone to a smart phone, and existing smart, says the Washington Post, adding:
“The new pricing for data plans is expected to be adopted by other wireless service providers who see greater revenue potential from data usage, particularly as they upgrade their networks to faster fourth-generation (4G) speeds later this year. And it should make users more aware of how much data they consume, which could alleviate congestion on wireless networks — a problem that has beleaguered AT&T with the popularity of the iPhone, which the company carries exclusively on its network.”
Washington Post – AT&T wireless scraps flat-rate Internet plan, June 2, 2010
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