AT&T resurrects unlimited mobile data as part of new TV bundle

By Shawn Knight
Jan 11, 2016
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  1. AT&T has resurrected its unlimited wireless data plan as part of a new bundle that includes a pay TV subscription. Starting tomorrow (January 12), both new and existing AT&T customers that already have (or add) a DirecTV or AT&T U-Verse pay TV subscription will have the opportunity to purchase the new unlimited data plan.

    AT&T's unlimited data plan, which also includes unlimited talk and text, will set you back $100 per month. Additional smartphones can be added to the account for $40 each with the fourth smartphone allowed at no additional cost.

    As with other "unlimited" data plans, AT&T's does come with a catch.

    The first 22GB of data usage per line, per billing cycle will be unabated. If the 22GB threshold is crossed, AT&T says it reserves the right to slow data speeds on that line during periods of network congestion.

    The wireless landscape was vastly different several years ago when AT&T and others first offered unlimited wireless data as a plan perk. At that time, unlimited text messaging was all the rage (this was before messaging apps and services like BlackBerry Messenger and Apple's iMessage made the text messaging price wars irrelevant) and some even still offered metered talk minutes as a major selling point.

    Once smartphones took root and wireless networks gained much-needed speed, it became increasingly obvious that mobile data could be levered in the same way that talk minutes and text messaging once were.

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  2. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 200   +100

    I say wtf, it costs me 20€ a month to get unlimited 4g with unlimited talking time and texts. Other companies offer similar pricing. Thought you got everything cheaper there.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,142   +482

    Not really unlimited to me. More like 22GB and then we'll pull the reins if we want to
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +677

    Not to worry ... it will only last through the next marketing cycle, then they start all over again .....
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,295   +663

    What few people seem to realize is that AT&T throttles its old unlimited plans *all the time*, just not as badly as when you go over the data cap. You'll never see more than about 128KB/sec down..I'm sure the intention is to sabotage most video streaming. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they pull the same shenanigans with the new "unlimited" offering.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    AT&T forgot to say that once you surpass your 22GB threshold, network congestion starts at 06H59 until 07H00 the following day, this happens daily until the start of the following month and the cycle keeps repeating itself immediately after you've scorched through your allotted 22GB

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