AT&T Announces New Smartphone Data Plans

AT&T today announced a new set of data plans for their smartphone users switching some things up quite a bit. Taking effect this Sunday, the 22nd, the new plans allow users to consume a larger amount of data all around, starting from the lower plans to the higher end ones, though with a slight $5 increase.

Officially from AT&T, the changes will be made this weekend. This is the first time since June of 2010 that the plans for AT&T customers have been adjusted.

“Customers are using more mobile broadband data than ever before.

More content downloading, more video streaming, more apps. Connecting with family and friends 24-7. Mobile broadband has become part of our daily lives – and data usage has skyrocketed.

Taking all of this into account – and our ongoing commitment to deliver value to our customers – we’re launching new smartphone and tablet data plans on Sunday, Jan. 22.”

For smartphone customers, the $15 and $25 options for 200 MB of data allocation and 2 GB, respectively, have been replaced by two new options. The new plans:

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

Customers who currently own tablets running on AT&T’s network are also offered revamped plans:

AT&T DataConnect 3GB: $30 for 3GB
AT&T DataConnect 5GB: $50 for 5GB
*The $14.99 plan for 250 MB of data for tablet users will remain to be available.

As the change takes place this Sunday, any new contracts signed will revolve around the above pricing. For customers who are in contracts, however, you’ll be able to choose whether or not you want to upgrade to the new plans.

Do you think we could possible see the resurrection of the unlimited data plan that was removed last year? I mean, AT&T did officially state that people are using data for almost everything nowadays.

There are multiple applications, on other hand, for tracking data usage. One is the official MyAT&T iOS app available for free which allows you to track your data, messaging, and minutes for all numbers on one AT&T account, while I tend to use this other one interchangeably for my polished-application fix, which is called Consume ($2.99/review soon).