AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
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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.

Via AppleInsider

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2 Responses to “AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch”

  1. AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch: Tweet

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  2. Webpage with the announcement is here:

    http://about.att.com/story/att_introduces_mobile_share_advantage.html

    Also of note, in the present plan there is an access fee of $25/mo per phone for the lower data-cap plans, $15/mo for 15GB and up; in the new plan it will be $20/mo for all plans. With four iPhones in my family and a fifth on the way when our youngest child is a little older, this will end up saving us some money even though we don’t need the higher data volumes that will see significant price cuts.