AT&T postpaid offers data & voice plans to pair with their Wireless Internet Device.
Dubbed AWI (AT&T Wireless Internet), the plans and device are available for both consumers and businesses.
This pairing is available as a standalone plan on AT&T - you don't need to have additional AT&T based plans.
These plans appeal to some nomads thanks to decently large data buckets.
AT&T Wireless Internet Router
In November 2017, AT&T quietly retired the Home Base cellular home router (read our review) and replaced it with the substantially updated ZTE AT&T Wireless Internet router - which looks nearly identical but is significantly larger. In Spring of 2019 the ZTE AT&T Wireless Internet Router was quietly replaced with a very similar device, manufactured by NetComm instead, which appeared visually nearly identical to the second (larger) version. The larger versions offer two SMA antenna ports, while the original 'Home Base' device offered no antenna ports.
The AT&T Wireless Internet Router is the official companion device for AT&T Wireless Internet plans.
The device can only be activated on AT&T Wireless Internet plans (AWI).
- Model: ZTE MF279 or NetComm IFWA-40
- # of Connected Devices: 20 via Wi-Fi (10 per band) / More Via Ethernet
- Control Panel and Default Password:
Control Panel: http://att.wirelessinternet/ or http://192.168.0.1/
Default Password: “attadmin”
- USB Tethering Support: N/A
- Supported Networks and Bands:
LTE Bands: 2,4,5,12/17,29,30
4G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Details Unknown
- MIMO Support: 2x2
- LTE Performance Category: Category 16 (?)
(Max Theoretical Speed: Unknown since it's unclear if all the modems features are active in these units)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: 2 x SMA
- Other Ports: 1x Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps), 1x Analog Phone Jack
- Wi-Fi Technology / Frequencies: 2.4GHz 802.11n and 5GHz 802.11ac
- Claimed Battery Life: (Primarily for short-term backup) 2.5 hours use, 1+ days standby
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Unknown
- ZTE MF279: 5.4 x 5.43 x 1.18"
- NetComm IFWA-40: 7.21 x 6.74 x 1.71''
- SIM Card Type: Nano SIM
- Retail Price: $199.99 / $169.99 refurbished
Review & Testing Status
We reviewed the original Home Base unit. A team member upgraded to the Netcomm device in Fall 2020 and has updated members with some hands-on info below.
AT&T offers Wireless Internet plans that include large data buckets and a hard-wired phone line. Voice is part of these plans - and cannot be separated from the plans.
The data plans offered are only available for AT&T Wireless Internet devices as designated by AT&T and cannot be used on other types of devices. They are available for both consumers and businesses.
Currently Available Plans:
- 50GB for $40/month (+$20/voice) =$60+ taxes
- 100GB for $80/month (+$20/voice) =$100+ taxes **TOP PICK**
- Carrier Networks Used: AT&T
- Carrier Relationship: Direct
- Plan Types Available: Data & Voice, Business Data & Voice
- Device Types Permitted: AT&T Wireless Internet (AWI) device only
- Unlimited: No
- High Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: All
- 50GB/100GB plans and Rural Plans: No
- 50GB/100GB plans and Rural Plans: No
- Network Management:
- (Retired) Rural plans are always subject to Network Management. Being designed for 'rural users' it is expected the towers used won't be overloaded. So, you're stuck being network managed.
- Current Wireless Internet (50GB/100GB) may or may not be subject to Network Management. There is no language re: this practice on the Wireless Internet FAQ/TOS pages, and the reps we have talked to believe that the plans may not be subject to Network Management since there is no wording to designate such.
- Video Streaming Resolution: 480p
- 5G Access: No
- Device Purchase Required: No - but must have specific Wireless Internet Router
- Plan Period: Month
- International Roaming: No
- Domestic Roaming: 400MB/month
- Data Roll Over: None
- Overage Charges:
- For the 50/100GB Wireless Internet plans, if you exceed your data cap, overages are charged at $25 for 10GB, or you can elect to be automatically throttled to 128 kbps to avoid overages.
- For the (retired) 250GB/500GB Rural Wireless Internet plans, if you exceed your data cap, overages are charged at $10/10GB.
- Lines permitted per account:
Potential Alternatives to Consider:
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