AT&T announces new data plans and tethering; kills unlimited iPad option

With the release of the next iPhone looming, AT&T has decided to officially announce its new data plans and their prices. Touting the new plans as "lower-priced," the company is allowing its customers to upgrade to them without re-signing their contracts. However, should you prefer your current plan, there's no obligation to switch. CEO, Ralph de la Vega, says the company is trying to break free from the idea that one size fits all. It is his belief that the new plans will make mobile data more affordable, and therefore, reach more people.

The new plans will launch on June 7th. Regarding the tethering plan, AT&T flat-out says that the iPhone will support it once iPhone OS 4 is released this summer (probably next week at WWDC). Voice and text plans will remain the same, but the following are what you, as a consumer, can expect as your data options:

DataPlus - 200 MB of data ($15/month)

  • Send/receive 1,000 emails without attachments and 150 with attachments
  • View 400 web pages
  • Post 50 photos to social media sites
  • Watch 20 minutes of streaming video
  • If you go over, you get another 200 MB chunk for an additional $15

DataPro - 2 GB of data ($25/month)

  • Send/receive 10,000 emails without attachments and 1,500 with attachments
  • View 4,000 web pages
  • Post 500 photos to social media sites
  • Watch 200 minutes of streaming video
  • If you go over, you get another 1 GB chunk for an additional $10
  • Will replace $30 unlimited iPad plan

Tethering ($20/month)

  • For all smartphones, including iPhone
  • Must already be on the DataPro plan (read: to use it, you have to ditch your unlimited data plan)

AT&T claims these plans "provide large amounts of data" to consumers. The reasoning for the above pricing structure is that 65% of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data a month on average, while 98% use less than 2 GB. It should be noted that Apple's iPad will no longer receive a special $30 unlimited data plan. Customers will now be stuck with the DataPro plan. Current customers who already have the unlimited plan may keep it, if they choose. All plans come with unlimited access to over 20,000 AT&T Hot Spots across the country, as well as data monitoring tools. Customers may visit www.att.com/dataplans for more information.

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hmm I switch to Att cause had no choice I got drop by T-Mobile because I was out of there coverage area so they let me keep my blackberry bold 9700 for free and with unlock code and contract waive hehe. I don't like Att or Verizon especially Verizon over price *******. Kind of annoying Tethering they charge separate awhile T-Mobile plan were unlimited and texting I would Tethering all I want without no complain from them...

UNTIL the old plan mysteriously "just breaks" their computer system. As many others have mentioned, when AT&T has done this sort of thing in the past, this "grandfathering promise" has had a real shelf-life of about 1-2 years...tops.

Its stupid to do this. One of my biggest gripes about smartphones is the forcing you into a data plan you wont use. If I was going to use it its going to use up way more than 5gb thats for sure. So either allow unlimited or allow people to not get the data plan. Thats what they should have done.

Gotenks98 said,
Its stupid to do this. One of my biggest gripes about smartphones is the forcing you into a data plan you wont use. If I was going to use it its going to use up way more than 5gb thats for sure. So either allow unlimited or allow people to not get the data plan. Thats what they should have done.
You'd use up over 5GB on the smartphone alone? I could see maybe tethering, but just on the smartphone? That's pretty crazy.

The $30 unlimited plan was a selling point for the iPad 3G for me. I am currently at 1.4GB with 10 Days left. Im just kind of shocked (but not really) That they would hype up the plan for the 3G and then change it about 1 month after its released.

medium_pimpin said,
MF'ing at&t

When my contract is up in March, I'm going to check out the Android phones on Verizon.

Verizon is no better, unfortunately.

I just switched to verizon, I bought me the incredible It's not a bad phone, except the keyboard is a little cramped when its not in panoramic mode, other then that am loving it. I just have 1 question what file format for movies does this thing support, the only other downside to this phone I see is the storage, I wished it had a 64 gig drive in it.

I don't get how they can block tethering. Isn't tethering supposed to go over the same AP etc? With my random SE phone I have been able to tether for at least the last 5 years, and since it uses the same connection as my phone, how can tethering be blocked?

Also, those are really expensive. I pay €15 ($18.30) for 1GB, 1 hour call time, 1000 texts /month.

Ambroos said,
I don't get how they can block tethering. Isn't tethering supposed to go over the same AP etc? With my random SE phone I have been able to tether for at least the last 5 years, and since it uses the same connection as my phone, how can tethering be blocked?

Also, those are really expensive. I pay €15 ($18.30) for 1GB, 1 hour call time, 1000 texts /month.

The iPhone, and other phones, will check your plan on AT&T before allowing you to tether. There was a workaround for iPhone OS 3 to get free AT&T tethering, but it was shut in 3.1.2, I believe.

Ambroos said,
I don't get how they can block tethering. Isn't tethering supposed to go over the same AP etc? With my random SE phone I have been able to tether for at least the last 5 years, and since it uses the same connection as my phone, how can tethering be blocked?

Also, those are really expensive. I pay €15 ($18.30) for 1GB, 1 hour call time, 1000 texts /month.

AT&T runs 2 cell access points. They are wap.cingular and isp.cingular. On most phones wap.cingular is blocked from tethering access and isp.cingular is the only one let through but if you try to use it without a tethering plan you will find yourself locked out. Windows Mobile phones are no different but there is a registry mod to enable the Media Net profile for tethering.

Wow, current iPad customers on the unlimited data plan should be jumping for joy, everyone else coming in after June 7th is going to get bent over, AT&T style. *golf clap* to AT&T for [yet again] bending over their customers. Does AT&T have anyone in their marketing department with more than one brain cell and/or a grip on reality??

I can't believe it... it makes sense though... they start with a really good deal and then switch it when everyone is hooked. I wonder whats going to happen when the time to renew your plan comes... will you get the unlimited or the new one. AT&T keeps sucking more and more each day!

Edited by 0sit0, Jun 2 2010, 8:20pm :

ir0nw0lf said,
Wow, current iPad customers on the unlimited data plan should be jumping for joy, everyone else coming in after June 7th is going to get bent over, AT&T style.

While I'd agree with the second half, I wouldn't be so quick to say current customers are in a good spot now. Yes, they don't have any immediate changes to their plan. But, I'd imagine they'll end up in the same boat when they want a new device or even possibly when their current contract is up. They also now have a device that is less desireable to new customers, and as such potentially less interesting for developers making new apps.

ATT is not the only company going to do it; they are just the first to have their plans and costs published. Get ready to hear from Verizon and Spring shortly.

mranderson1st said,
ATT is not the only company going to do it; they are just the first to have their plans and costs published. Get ready to hear from Verizon and Spring shortly.

proof ?

(Spork) said,

proof ?

No proof out there yet... But it was my thought as well. I'd be willing to bet on verizon. AT&T and verizon have been following each other in price and options for years. Not sure about the other providers.

mranderson1st said,
ATT is not the only company going to do it; they are just the first to have their plans and costs published. Get ready to hear from Verizon and Spring shortly.

Sprint seems to be doin a lot to attract customers, if they don't use caps their customer base could grow A LOT

To those who say as a current subscriber why would you complain, there is a missing concept with AT&T you have to understand. In addition to their silly rate plan structures (which defy all logic) they also don't let you change anything without determining that you need a new contract. And oopsie, the one you had is no longer offered, and we don't have a bundle for your services any more, and oh yeah the new plan will cost you $X more per month for less. Today for $160 a month with the Motorolla Backflip I have a lower class of service than I had 5 years ago for $65 a month with the Treo 650. I have only had smart phones, but each new phone is so "radically different" that my existing plan cannot be used with the new phone. It's effectively impossible to renew you current contract plan with AT&T and get a new phone if you are a smart phone user.

I know, I know why do we stay? Quite frankly I haven't found a carrier that was any better. We are over a barrel in the US and ALL cellular providers are fleecing us. In simpplest terms the advertising for each is the same, they all want us to think the are the big man on campus. The reality is when they whip out their equipment it doesn't measure up, and when it comes to service, I hope you brought a book, its usually all over way to fast.

Joseph B. Arrington said,
To those who say as a current subscriber why would you complain, there is a missing concept with AT&T you have to understand. In addition to their silly rate plan structures (which defy all logic) they also don't let you change anything without determining that you need a new contract. And oopsie, the one you had is no longer offered, and we don't have a bundle for your services any more, and oh yeah the new plan will cost you $X more per month for less. Today for $160 a month with the Motorolla Backflip I have a lower class of service than I had 5 years ago for $65 a month with the Treo 650. I have only had smart phones, but each new phone is so "radically different" that my existing plan cannot be used with the new phone. It's effectively impossible to renew you current contract plan with AT&T and get a new phone if you are a smart phone user.

I know, I know why do we stay? Quite frankly I haven't found a carrier that was any better. We are over a barrel in the US and ALL cellular providers are fleecing us. In simpplest terms the advertising for each is the same, they all want us to think the are the big man on campus. The reality is when they whip out their equipment it doesn't measure up, and when it comes to service, I hope you brought a book, its usually all over way to fast.

Well couldn't you just buy an unlocked phone and keep your SIM card? I mean, as a GSM carrier, that is kinda one of the advantages...

I just dont see the point in putting a cap. If they know 98% of the users dont go over the 2gb, for marketing alone they should have just left it at $30 and unlimited. Unless that 2% was really going over the 2gb and it was costing them $$.

jerzdawg said,
I just dont see the point in putting a cap. If they know 98% of the users dont go over the 2gb, for marketing alone they should have just left it at $30 and unlimited. Unless that 2% was really going over the 2gb and it was costing them $.

This is basically a way to cap the tethering people, as far as I can tell. You need one of these "DataPro" plans for tethering. Your old Unlimited plan won't work. I know that if I used tethering, I'd personally go over the 2GB cap all the time.

What really gets me is why they charge for tethering. There's no reason AT ALL. If it was really unlimited, I could understand, but they're capping you at 2GB. It's just ridiculous.

Edited by Elliott, Jun 2 2010, 3:40pm :

Elliott said,

This is basically a way to cap the tethering people, as far as I can tell. You need one of these "DataPro" plans for tethering. Your old Unlimited plan won't work. I know that if I used tethering, I'd personally go over the 2GB cap all the time.

What really gets me is why they charge for tethering. There's no reason AT ALL. If it was really unlimited, I could understand, but they're capping you at 2GB. It's just ridiculous.

I'd use it only in emergency situations when I must absolutely need it. Those several days where I lost wifi would of been such a thing... Good thing I have a workaround...

Elliott said,

This is basically a way to cap the tethering people, as far as I can tell.

Exactly. They aren't worried about anyone's usage TODAY. They realize that once they move to 3g, a whole lotta people are going to realize they don't need their cable internet anymore.

The modern generation has already started dropping cable TV in favor of over-the Internet content distribution. Once they can save $100/month and use their wireless phone as their Internet portal for everything, they'll dump cable/dsl in a heartbeat.

Which is why AT&T and others want to move to metered service plans now. So if you do, you are paying them a fortune every month for data that actually costs them pennies per gigabyte or less...

I wish their were more GSM carriers in the United States. T-Mobile just sucks and AT&T charges out the ass for everything.

Elliott said,
I wish their were more GSM carriers in the United States. T-Mobile just sucks and AT&T charges out the ass for everything.
+1

Though I don't really have personal experience with T-Mobile as I'm currently locked into a Sprint contract...

I love T-Mobile. And I've used every carrier...and dumped them.

Best prices, best service...and BEST rates overseas when traveling.

Many unlimited everything plans and NO tethering charges or caps.

So...effective June 7th, will my account be automatically changed to one of the 2 options above or will I continue on the $30/month unlimited plan until I make a switch?

Greenstein said,
So...effective June 7th, will my account be automatically changed to one of the 2 options above or will I continue on the $30/month unlimited plan until I make a switch?

Reading the article helps a lot

Greenstein said,
So...effective June 7th, will my account be automatically changed to one of the 2 options above or will I continue on the $30/month unlimited plan until I make a switch?

lol. If you renew your contract your rates will not change

So, Apple touts the h264 codec in HTML5 as a reason to abandon flash and now AT&T cuts the amount of data that can be streamed? How are people with an iPad supposed to watch video on AT&Ts network without going over the limit?

Seems like iPad users are going to be stuck between a company with a inadequate network and a company that is unwilling to follow current technology.

This is really, really stupid of them to do. This is only going to give Apple the extra push they need to go to another provider.

True. A material change in negotiated terms should allow Apple to claim breach of contract and move on to more competitive and advantageous carriers.

Apple: Let other carriers get your darn products, I may not like the iPhone but one carrier is stupid, it creates a huge advantage for AT&T and lets them screw the users of it

sssooo what's gonna happen with the multiplayer games from the appstore now that there is no unlimited data? that's messed up.

chisss said,
sssooo what's gonna happen with the multiplayer games from the appstore now that there is no unlimited data? that's messed up.

Simple, if you use the data allowance up while playing your multiplayer game. It cuts you off. Internet won't work. Till your next date for the alotted data.

Gothic_Rebel said,

Simple, if you use the data allowance up while playing your multiplayer game. It cuts you off. Internet won't work. Till your next date for the alotted data.

I would think it would just automatically charge you for your next "chunk" as you hit your cap. Anyone have the link to the official AT&T answer here? I don't understand how AT&T doesn't realize overage charges like this will alienate customers.

chisss said,
sssooo what's gonna happen with the multiplayer games from the appstore now that there is no unlimited data? that's messed up.

On the 2GB plan you get charged $10 per extra gig, you don't get "cut off", and $5 per 200MB you use on the 200MB plan. You also get alerts at 65, 75 100% usage.

Edited by designgears, Jun 2 2010, 2:39pm :

designgears said,

On the 2GB plan you get charged $10 per extra gig, you don't get "cut off", and $5 per 200MB you use on the 200MB plan. You also get alerts at 65, 75 100% usage.


according to the article it's another $15 per 200mb on that particular plan. didn't see what the cost for the higher plan was.

Firethorne said,

I don't understand how AT&T doesn't realize overage charges like this will alienate customers.

It's AT&T. They don't care if they alienate their high end customers. Their goal here is to introduce metered usage any way they can.

They know everyone will balk at this. So, they'll wait for the uproar as long as they can and then announce "new, improved" packages. But those will only be higher caps not unlimited. And in that way, they will "win" what they want to win...namely, billing by the byte in an age when the amount of bytes we are consuming is growing.

eblkheart said,
as an AT&T subscriber... I have one thing to say: Wow.

I have to really think about renewing now. This is total BS.


Total BS, you got that right.

eblkheart said,
as an AT&T subscriber... I have one thing to say: Wow.

I have to really think about renewing now. This is total BS.

If you are a current AT&T subscriber why are you mad? you are paying $30 for unlimited now so what's $5 less for limited service? I tell you what, I am paying $30 now, I won't be changing but I feel for NEW subscribers

chisss said,

If you are a current AT&T subscriber why are you mad? you are paying $30 for unlimited now so what's $5 less for limited service? I tell you what, I am paying $30 now, I won't be changing but I feel for NEW subscribers

The problem is that AT&T will get you to change at some point. True, you can stay on your old plans as long as you want. However, when you go to replace the phone, change the plan (even if what you are changing has nothing to do with data) they will tell you that the plan you are on is not compatible with whatever you are trying to do and make you change it before you can change anything else. That may not be their mode of operation on day one, but give it a year or two and see how easy they are to work with.

No, I am not just guessing here. I manage an account with over 50 lines of service on it, I know how AT&T pulls the strings.

eblkheart said,
as an AT&T subscriber... I have one thing to say: Wow.

I have to really think about renewing now. This is total BS.

yep, this kinda made my mind up... was gonna get an android or iphone thru att when it was time to upgrade... gonna go see what verizon has to offer, new att data plans are a joke and a slap in the face really.. "oh yeah, heres some more stuff to play with but you will have less to do it with"

sphbecker said,

The problem is that AT&T will get you to change at some point. True, you can stay on your old plans as long as you want. However, when you go to replace the phone, change the plan (even if what you are changing has nothing to do with data) they will tell you that the plan you are on is not compatible with whatever you are trying to do and make you change it before you can change anything else. That may not be their mode of operation on day one, but give it a year or two and see how easy they are to work with.

No, I am not just guessing here. I manage an account with over 50 lines of service on it, I know how AT&T pulls the strings.

Not so, if you upgrade and already have the 30$ unlimited plan you are allowed to keep it on the new device.

Veritas1 said,

Not so, if you upgrade and already have the 30$ unlimited plan you are allowed to keep it on the new device.

Today yes...wait a few years and see how long AT&T lets you hang onto that unlimited plan. I had an old AirCard that was on an unlimited promotional plan for $30 a month, seems like an awesome deal when they normally cost $60, why would I ever change it? One day it stops working, I call AT&T and was told that there was a "system error" that caused my card to be reprovisioned as a voice device; when I told them we need to fix it I was forced onto a new plan (and that was after talking to 2 layers of managers). I have seen other cases where I try to add a text messaging plan to someone's phone and they force me to change to a newer voice plan because "the two are not compatible." Trust me, stuff that makes no sense will happen to force you off your unlimited plan, just give it time.

sphbecker said,
Trust me, stuff that makes no sense will happen to force you off your unlimited plan, just give it time.

+100 He speaks truth to power.

This is actually a ploy to keep people from jumping ship, I'm surprised no one has figured it out. The other carriers are going to follow suit, just like when the $99 unlimited plans started to crop up. What at&t is banking on is two fold. (1) People who don't use a lot of data can downgrade their plans and save $ each month. (2) People who use a lot of data will keep their existing plan and remain grandfathered and thus remain with at&t (as opposed to changing carriers).

That's rubish

I'm with O2 in the UK, I can watch streaming tv all month non stop, email the works.
For £20 a month. On a month by month contract.

What a rip off

selphj said,
Wow, that is an impressive rip off even for ATT.

Yea but it is better than the rip off they had before. The way I look at it I'll only end up paying another $15 over what I currently do and I don't use all that much bandwidth really. I'm in that <200mb category but I'll go for that 2GB plan. It beats paying $60/mo for a laptop plan that I rarely use on a laptop.

P.S. - AT&T has 2 access points for cell internet. wap.cingular and isp.cingular. If you want to get around tethering restrictions make sure all traffic goes through wap.cingular and it seems they can't tell. On the other hand isp.cingular is a legitimate way to do it.

Edited by shinji257, Jun 2 2010, 8:34pm :

Let me get this straight. Att will not have an ulimited option? And sprint can offer unlimited 4G? This is a huge admission of defeat in the mobile data market, and they will fall even further behind if they don't get their act together, and soon.

Let me get this straight. Att will not have an ulimited option? And sprint can offer unlimited 4G? This is a huge admission of defeat in the mobile data market, and they will fall even further behind if they don't get their act together, and soon.

Tzvi Friedman said,
Let me get this straight. Att will not have an ulimited option? And sprint can offer unlimited 4G? This is a huge admission of defeat in the mobile data market, and they will fall even further behind if they don't get their act together, and soon.
+1

Agreed 100%. By not having ANY unlimited option, they are showing us their true intentions...forced metering of data access in the modern Internet for everything age.

Pathetic and regressive.

Wow they limit you to 2GB on the high end now. A lot lower than the previous 5GB... I will stick to Sprint where my cell phone is given unlimited (yes no caps) data access for less than this junk.

It looks like AT&T is doing what they do best. Overcharging their customers for less service.

Frazell Thomas said,
Wow they limit you to 2GB on the high end now. A lot lower than the previous 5GB... I will stick to Sprint where my cell phone is given unlimited (yes no caps) data access for less than this junk.

It looks like AT&T is doing what they do best. Overcharging their customers for less service.

Sprint actually has a "cap". It is 5GB, if a customer uses over 5GB for 3 months in a row (rolling), it is considered an infringement of the usage. However you have to ask for it, they have a true "Unlimited" plan for an additional $10 per month. This info is true for Air-Cards and Devices that use data, but not handsets. And it only effects 3G not 4G, 4G is truly unlimited.

Edited by xendrome, Jun 2 2010, 3:13pm :

xendrome said,

Sprint actually has a "cap". It is 5GB, if a customer uses over 5GB for 3 months in a row (rolling), it is considered an infringement of the usage. However you have to ask for it, they have a true "Unlimited" plan for an additional $10 per month. This info is true for Air-Cards and Devices that use data, but not handsets. And it only effects 3G not 4G, 4G is truly unlimited.

I have been a Sprint customer for almost two years and have exceeded the 5GB cap you mention for far more than three months on my Touch Pro 2 lines and have not heard a peep from Sprint. Online my account lists "unlimited" next to my usage as well.

I do know if you do tethering or activate an AirCard you get hit with a 5GB cap though.

Shadrack said,
I think that is a rip off and plan to change carriers.

If 98% of users use less than 2gb, then why is it a bad deal to pay less and get the same?

ccoltmanm said,

If 98% of users use less than 2gb, then why is it a bad deal to pay less and get the same?

I agree. "Unlimited" might sound cool, but bandwidth is never unlimited, it costs AT&T something to offer it. Changing the cost is the best way to distribute a limited resource. I think this will do a lot to help AT&T's bandwidth conjunction issues.

ccoltmanm said,

If 98% of users use less than 2gb, then why is it a bad deal to pay less and get the same?

Because these guys that are crying are downloading bluray torrents through their cell phones, and want 1e100 Bytes/sec bandwidth.

Some people are never happy.

ccoltmanm said,

If 98% of users use less than 2gb, then why is it a bad deal to pay less and get the same?

My only complaint is that to get tethering you have to drop the unlimited plan. With tethering, I can see myself going over the 2GB limit. I'm usually close to 1.7GB each month. Now I don't know that with tethering it will go up for sure. But if it does, I can't go back and get my unlimited plan back. That's where my complaint lies. Other than that, I totally get why they're changing their plans.

For the record, I'm specifically complaining about the tethering. 2GB/mo is fine for my phone, but not if I want to use tethering.

ccoltmanm said,

If 98% of users use less than 2gb, then why is it a bad deal to pay less and get the same?

You're 100% correct. I work for AT&T wireless and I did bill reviews of 23 different customers that came in with iphones today. The highest user, he had corp email, and used pandora streaming radio everyday he claimed only used 75% of 1 gigabyte the rest of the people were at 1/4 - 1/2 a gigabyte. My own usage is only a little over a gig and I use my iPhone for everything. On paper it looks like it sucks but in reality it is a 5 dollar savings for 99% of the people out there. Also if you go over it is 10$ a gig which isnt huge.

sphbecker said,

I agree. "Unlimited" might sound cool, but bandwidth is never unlimited, it costs AT&T something to offer it. Changing the cost is the best way to distribute a limited resource. I think this will do a lot to help AT&T's bandwidth conjunction issues.

It doesn't cost AT&T anything if you use more data. It costs them to upgrade their network to be able to fit the demand. Which, they have made quite obvious, is something they're not willing to do.

CentralDogma said,
It doesn't cost AT&T anything if you use more data. It costs them to upgrade their network to be able to fit the demand. Which, they have made quite obvious, is something they're not willing to do.

I don't follow your post at all.... First you say it doesn't cost them anything except upgrading the network....well that is a real cost and to the extent that users use more, that means more upgrades are needed. And they have said that they will invest $1 Billion this year in upgrades (NeoWin reported $19B but I have not seen that number anywhere else).

I guess you are looking at bandwidth from the point of view of a home or small business users, once you put it in it is always there and you don't pay any more based on usage. On massively shared connections where they will always be used every second of the day and the load dictates the connection speeds required it is a different story. In that world bandwidth becomes a resource and there is a very real connection between cost and usage.

sphbecker said,
there is a very real connection between cost and usage.

No there isn't. AT&T and all carriers pay pennies per gigabyte, period. And they pay NOTHING for any SMS message, period.

This is all about greed, trying to force metering on consumers so they can nickle and dime us in the future.

Who the hell wants to worry about usage in the modern world? This is a regressive and repression move by AT&T. I'd agree with the price/usage comments IF AND ONLY IF AT&T offered any price for unlimited usage plan. But since they don't, it's clear what their real intent is here.

If this sticks, in the future AT&T will start throttling down limits while throttling up prices per megabyte and users wind up using more and more bandwidth. They will milk their customers dollar for dollar, month to month just like every other megacorp is doing right now.

Tethering is included free with Blackberrys on T-Mobile...and then have Unlimited plans, tons of them.

How pathetic of AT&T! Apple's going to scream bloody murder about this since it directly quashes the uses for their iPhone.

primortal said,
What a rip off to charge $20 more just to tethering. For that amount they should at least double download cap.

Heck it used to be 30! The 200MB should be 10 bucks and 20 for 2G. We should also get a way to activily see how much data we have consumed so we can monitor usage. If that is available someone point me to it please.

mranderson1st said,

Heck it used to be 30! The 200MB should be 10 bucks and 20 for 2G. We should also get a way to activily see how much data we have consumed so we can monitor usage. If that is available someone point me to it please.

primortal said,
What a rip off to charge $20 more just to tethering. For that amount they should at least double download cap.

They don't say this exactly but I expect the Teathering plan to be capped at 5GB (at least for data that is teathered). Every other AT&T smartphone/teathering or data card has a 5GB cap.

Edited by sphbecker, Jun 2 2010, 5:35pm :

mranderson1st said,

Heck it used to be 30! The 200MB should be 10 bucks and 20 for 2G. We should also get a way to activily see how much data we have consumed so we can monitor usage. If that is available someone point me to it please.

You can download the iPhone app called att "myWireless" and it will give you your monthly data stats.