So AT&T just announced new pricing for their new customers that want to get Data plans.
The new AT&T plans provide large amounts of data to enable people to enjoy their favorite online activities:
Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 150 emails with attachments, plus view 400 Web pages, plus post 50 photos on social media sites, plus watch 20 minutes of streaming video – for just $15 per month.** This plan, which can save customers up to 50 percent off their wireless data charges, is designed for people who primarily like to surf the web, send email and use social networking apps. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the cycle. Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 1,500 emails with attachments, plus view 4,000 Web pages, plus post 500 photos to social media sites, plus watch 200 minutes of streaming video – for $25 per month.** Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the cycle. Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.
Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers – who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.
With the new wireless data plans, pricing for a smartphone voice and data bundle now starts at just $54.99 per month for an individual plan, or $24.99 per month for an additional line on a FamilyTalk plan, $15 per month less than the price of the previous entry level bundle.
For new iPad customers, the $25 per month 2 GB plan will replace the existing $29.99 unlimited plan. iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2 GB of data.
Now they did mention that 98% of smartphone users do not exceed 2gb anyways so that this change in price might be good. For most of us just tweeting, checking our no new messages emails, and searching the web lightly as we wait for our girlfriends or wive’s to finish shopping the DataPlus plan might work out just great. For those of us that really just spend all our times on our smartphones, well then DataPro it is. However for me I think I will keep paying my $29.99 unlimited access for the iPad because 2gb cap is considered 200minutes of streaming. And with Netflix on my iPad, that’s about 2 or 3 movies. The price on tethering is small but not worth it for me, I already have an iPad so I will not need to attach my iPhone to my MacBook Pro any longer. Go figure if you want to save some money go for the change or if you do not want to risk getting overcharged stick to what you got.