AT&T has just announced that it will be increasing the monthly data limits from 2GB to 4GB from February 13th for users on a smartphone tethering plan at no additional cost. It has also announced the launch of AT&T Mobile hotspot application for HTC Inspire 4G users, which comes with 4GB of data.
iOS 4.3 is expected to bring the mobile hotspot feature to GSM iPhones, a feature that will be available to Verizon iPhone customers. AT&T hasn’t clarified if it will offer the mobile hotspot feature for iPhone users.
AT&T today announced select smartphone customers will soon be able to connect multiple devices from their smartphone – via Wi-Fi – thanks to the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. The feature will first be available February 13, beginning with the in-store launch of the HTC Inspire 4G. Bundled with the AT&T Data Pro plan, customers will benefit from a total of 4GB for $45 per month.
In addition, also on February 13th, to bring AT&T’s smartphone tethering plan in line with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot offer, AT&T will automatically add the additional 2GB of monthly data usage to smartphone customers already on a tethering plan – at no extra charge. Customers will incur the same $20 monthly fee they’re accustomed to paying, only now they’ll receive an extra 2GB of data each month.
AT&T currently offers the following data plans:
200MB of data for $15 per month. AT&T says this will be enough data to meet the needs of 65% of its smartphone users. If you go over the 200MB cap, AT&T will charge you $15 per 200MB if you go over the limit.
2GB of data for $25 per month. According to AT&T, only 2% of its smartphone customers manage to consume more than 2GB of data per month. AT&T will charge you $10 per GB if you go over the limit.
AT&T currently offers iPhone tethering for $20 per month, which is available only to customers who opt for the DataPro plan. Users have to share the 2GB between your iPhone and their laptop.
AT&T iPhone customers are going to welcome this move to increase the data limit to 4GB from 2GB as currently users have to pay $20 per month just to get access to the tethering feature without any additional data. Today’s announcement means that users who opt for the tethering plan will get an additional 2GB of data, which is a lot more reasonable.
Though AT&T has mentioned that it is increasing the data limits to bring it in line with the Mobile hotspot offer, we believe it is to counter Verizon’s mobile hotspot feature, which is available for an extra $20 per month for 2GB of data usage. We’ve also heard reports that AT&T is quietly offers its customers unlimited data plans to stop them from switching to Verizon, which has been confirmed by some of our readers.
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