AT&T postpaid offered AT&T Wireless Internet (AWI) plans to pair with their Wireless Internet Device.
This pairing was 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 used to offer both consumer and business versions of this plan, but as of November 2021, it was only available for consumer lines. As of January 1, 2022, the devices and plans were reported by an AT&T customer service member to have been sunset, with no device upgrade path available. Since these AWI data plans are tied to these specific AWI routers, this means that those who suffer from dysfunctional devices will need to source third-party. Those who wish to keep these plans while remaining astride of current tech are in a rut.
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
- 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
This model is no longer available from AT&T with no upgrade path.
- 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.
In January 2022, the AWI router devices were discontinued and plans sunset. Our story on that, here.
- AT&T Business Revamps Smartphone Plan Lineup - Including New Unlimited Premium Plan with 200GB Hotspot Data Posted on: September 19, 2023
- AT&T Reducing Autopay Discount When Using Credit Cards Posted on: July 20, 2023
- AT&T Increases Prices on Retired Hotspot Plans (Including Unlimited Plus) and Unlimited Elite Smartphone Plan Posted on: June 27, 2023
- AT&T Lowers Price on Business Wireless Broadband Plans - Unlimited Speed Tiered Data Starting at $65/mo Posted on: February 28, 2023
- The Franklin A50 - A New 5G Mobile Hotspot For AT&T Posted on: February 24, 2023
- New DataConnect Plans from AT&T - Including 100GB of Data - New Top Pick Plan Posted on: January 24, 2023
- AT&T Increases Price On The Business Standalone Unlimited Tablet Plan to $30/month Posted on: January 20, 2023
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 Video Management
- Upgrading from a Home Base to an AT&T Wireless Device
- Retired Plan Archives
- Retired Device Archives
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