CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. AT&T's new data plan pricing. Dear Maggie,When AT&T first switched to the tiered pricing plans, they claimed only a fraction of their users ever use more than 2GB of data per month. It seems like they are basically implementing a $5 price increase on all of their smartphone users with no added benefit. Right? I mean if none of those users are breaking 2GB anyway, this seems like it's just a way to put more money in their pockets.
So my question is, If I already have the unlimited data plan or the 2GB plan for $25, can I just keep those plans?, Thanks,Eric, Dear Eric,You bring up some very good points in your question, You are correct that AT&T announced this week that it plans to change its pricing for its smartphone and tablet data plans, Starting on Sunday, customers signing up for new smartphone service can either get 300 megabytes of data for $20 a month or $3 gigabytes of data for $30 a month, The mobile hot-spot plan will be $50 for 5GB of data, All of these plans are $5 more a month than the previous plans, which were $15 for 200MB of ghostek cloak 3 iphone x tough case - clear / gold data per month, $25 for 2GB of data per month, and $45 for 4GB of data with a mobile hot-spot..
First, let me answer your question: These new plans only apply to new customers or to customers who want to switch their data plans. Customers already on a contract won't be affected by the changes. And AT&T is even allowing customers who have the old plans now to keep them in the future. This includes people who have unlimited data plans. The only catch for keeping either the unlimited data plan or one of the older tiered data plans is that you can't change to a new plan and then go back to these previous deals. So once you give up those plans, you're done. After that you have to choose one of the new data plan options.
Now, to get to the main point of your question, Is AT&T really justified in increasing these prices? For some subscribers, it might be a good deal, especially since Verizon offers only 2GB of data for $30 a month, But for the vast majority of users, AT&T is offering a more expensive plan than they previously offered, Sure, the company is offering customers more data for the price, but most people don't need the extra capacity, If AT&T really wanted to give subscribers plans that better suited their needs, ghostek cloak 3 iphone x tough case - clear / gold it would have kept the old plans and allowed people, who need more than 200MB or 2GB of data a month to subscribe to the 300MB or 3GB plans for $5 more a month..
But AT&T's motivation for increasing the price of its service doesn't seem to have anything to do with offering consumers more choices. It seems the real goal is to increase revenue and to get more unlimited users to choose the tiered offering. Even though $5 more a month may not seem like a lot of money, it adds up for consumers and for AT&T. Of course, AT&T is free to hike prices whenever it likes. And consumers, who typically have at least four or more competitors in a market, are free to leave AT&T if they think the company charges too much. (Unless they are under contract.) As I pointed out before, AT&T is giving consumers more for their money when compared with Verizon Wireless. That said, in 2010 when AT&T introduced its tiered services, the company said that 98 percent of its subscribers don't need more than 2GB of data per month.