AT&T has announced new two tier data pricing which enables tethering on the high end plan for an extra $20 (once OS4 is released by Apple). The new pricing plans eliminate any option of unlimited data with an additional charge of $10 per GB for any overage. Check out details on pricing after the jump.
Loyal AT&T customers will finally be able to tether multiple devices, a native iPhone feature that has never been officially allowed by the carrier. GigaOM reports AT&T’s position on the the additional $20 fee for the privilege of tethering with iPhone is all about “value” because—that’s right—the carrier is simply enabling a native device feature that was previously suppressed.
That capability is enabling something you can’t do today. You can use one device and get multiple connections so it’s more useful to you. You’re going to use more data so the price is based on the value that will be delivered.
Mark Collins, Senior VP Data and Voice Products, AT&T
The new plans are scheduled to roll out on June 7th.
If you’re an AT&T iPhone customer, do you think the new plans offered by AT&T represent value? What do you think of the way AT&T will charge customers for tethering? Please take a moment to post a comment with your opinion.
New AT&T pricing:
- DataPlus — 200 MB of data for $15, which equates to $75 per GB. Customers that exceed the data cap will pay an additional $15 for another 200 MB.
- DataPro — 2 GB of data for $25, which works out to $12.50 per GB. Customers will pay $10 for each GB over the cap in a given month.
- Tethering — $20 per month for smartphones, on a DataPro plan. This option does not provide additional data — it uses the 2 GB provided for in the DataPro plan.
- Both plans include unlimited Wi-Fi at AT&T’s 20,000 hotspots