What's New: New Lower Cost iPhone Data Plans From AT&T

Today AT&T announced new lower cost data plans for iPhone and iPad users, along with a new tethering option. The two new plans include DataPlus, which runs $15 monthly for up to 200 MB of data usage, with a $15 charge for each additional 200 MB of usage. The new DataPro plan runs $25 per month and provides 2 GB of data transfer, with $10 for each additional 1 GB. AT&T will be doing away with the $30 unlimited data plan for new customers when the new accounts go into effect June 7. Existing customers can choose to switch to a new data plan without affecting their current contract expiration date.

The $20 tethering option, available once Apple releases iPhone OS 4.0 this summer, will allow users to attach laptops or other devices to the iPhone to use AT&T's cellular network for Internet service. Speculation is one of the new data plans will be required to use tethering.

AT&T says that 98% of its users use less than 2 GB of data traffic. They have long maintained that a small minority of users use a large portion of their cellular network bandwidth for things like streaming movies and music.

Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 10:41 am CDT

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