Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
Category: iPhone, News, wireless
Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.
The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.
The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was charging $15 for an extra gigabyte after exceeding any rollover allotments.
AT&T’s main competitor, Verizon, charges an additional $5 on most plans to include throttling instead of overage fees.
The iPhone 7 launch is expected to see carriers adjust their cellular plans in the hopes of grabbing new customers as well as keeping current customers from switching. The next-gen iPhone is expected to be announced on Sept. 7, and ship on Sept. 16 or 23.
People on existing AT&T plans must opt in to the new ones.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.