AT&T Unlimited Smartphone Plans to Increase $5/month in February 2016

AT&T is joining the trend of increasing the price of unlimited data in an announcement today. A $5/month increase will go into effect for all smartphone plan customers with the grandfathered unlimited option on their February bill.
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The price increase will take the unlimited data portion of the phone bill from $30/month to $35/month. It is the first price increase AT&T has had on these plans in over 7 years.

The network management threshold still applies, meaning customers who use more than 22GB of data in a month may be subject to de-prioritization while on congested towers. The AT&T unlimited plan also does not allow for mobile hotspot or tethering - it is on device only data.

Any customer who may still be on contract who wishes to cancel service because of the increase, may do so within 60-days of their first bill with the new pricing and have their ETF (early termination fees) waived. remaining NEXT installment plan balance will come due as well.

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According to the announcement, only the smartphone unlimited data plans are effected - there has been no announcement about their very rare iPad unlimited data plans having the same increase.

AT&T is the last of the four major carriers to announce unlimited plan increases:

In comparison, the AT&T price increase doesn't seem nearly so bad.

Further resources:

Guide to Unlimited Mobile Internet Data Options for RVers

The Four Major US Carriers – Which is Best for RVers?

Network Management (aka ‘Throttling’) Practices for Cellular Data Carriers

 

 

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