AT&T raises data prices, kicks kittens

AT&T is going to make it more expensive to have a data plan for its new smartphone customers, including people who buy a new iPhone 4S, but the company is also raising its wireless data caps at the same time. In a press release today, AT&T said that starting on Sunday, January 22 it will cost $20 a month for a 300 MB data plan versus the old $15 a month for a 200 MB plan.

The new plans include $30 a month for a 3 GB data cap versus the previous $25 per month fee for 2 GB. Finally, AT&T will have a $50 a month data plan with a 5 GB cap compared to the current $45 a month for a 4 GB cap.

If you buy a tablet with AT&T service, you will also have new wireless data plans starting on Sunday. The new tablet plans include $30 a month for a 3 GB data cap versus the previous $25 per month fee for 2 GB and a $50 a month data plan with a 5 GB cap compared to the current $45 a month for a 4 GB cap. AT&T says the current $14.99 a month plan for tablets for 250 MB of data will remain unchanged.

Current AT&T smartphone and tablet customers can choose to stick with their current data plan or move to one of the new ones if they wish.

These new plans will certainly be in effect when AT&T launches the highly anticipated Nokia 900 smartphone sometime later this year.

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