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 & Plans
The AT&T Wireless Internet Router is the official companion device for AT&T Wireless Internet plans.
This device is classified in AT&T's system specifically as an AWI device - and similar to a mobile hotspot uses a cellular signal to provide a local area internet connection by Wi-Fi and Ethernet. It's essentially a cellular embedded router.
In addition, the device provide a standard phone jack to provide "landline" style phone service over cellular. There have been multiple models over the years.
While these devices and plans were originally intended as a home internet & phone solution, they are fully authorized for mobility and even include a battery.
AT&T Wireless Internet data plans are only available on this specific class of device, and can not be moved to other routers or mobile hotspots.
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.
Currently Available Plans
- 10GB for $25/month (+$20/voice) = $45/month + taxes
- 50GB for $40/month (+$20/voice) = $60/month + taxes
- 100GB for $80/month (+$20/voice) = $100/month + taxes
- 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
- Throttling: 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 plans 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:
NetComm IFWA-40 Device
The current model available for purchase from AT&T is the NetComm IFWA-40.
- Model: NetComm IFWA-40
- # of Connected Devices: Up to 20 via Wi-Fi network (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), 40 total, and (1) 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:
4G/LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 29, 30, and 66
3G: UMTS/HSPA+: 850/1900MHz
- 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: 802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4 & 5.0 GHz
- Battery: 3000mAh Li-ion
- Claimed Battery Life: (Primarily for short-term backup) 2.5 hours use, 1+ days standby
- Can Be Powered Without a Battery: Unknown
- Dimensions: 7.21" x 6.74" x 1.71"
- SIM Card Type: Nano
- Retail Price: $199.99
News, Videos, & 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 Tablet Add-Ons: Mobile Hotspot Data and HD Streaming Now Included Posted on: September 17, 2021
- Business Internet Tiered Speed Plans from Verizon and AT&T - Are They RV & Boater Suitable? Posted on: August 11, 2021
- FCC Publishes New Cellular Carrier LTE Coverage Map Posted on: August 10, 2021
- AT&T Brings Back Hotspot Line Add-Ons (With Overage Fees!) - 15GB for $25, then $10 per 2GB Posted on: July 15, 2021
- AT&T Upgrades International Day Pass - $100/Month Cap Posted on: July 13, 2021
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Content Included in the Member Area Below:
- Thoughts & Analysis
- Favorite Features
- Potential Downsides
- Deep Dive
- Wireless Internet Device Compared to the Original Home Base Device
- AT&T Home Base/Wireless Internet and Stream Saver
- Upgrading from a Home Base to an AT&T Wireless Device
- Retired Plan Archives
- Retired Device Archives
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