As we’ve seen another carrier struggle recently with unlimited video streaming, and the Net Neutrality implications of throttling or degrading performance for network stability, AT&T looks to be returning to a business model consumers will understand easily: Unlimited Data.
Of course there’s a small catch. Unlimited data plans will be offered as part of a bundled service with AT&T TV (formerly DirecTV).
Earlier this week, Big Blue took the wraps off of their new Unlimted plan for DirecTV, AT&T TV, or U-Verse TV subscribers. They’ll pay $100 a month for the first phone, additional phone lines will cost $40, and the fourth phone line will be free.
It’s an exciting move. Instead of cherry picking a handful of individual services or apps, a fully bundled AT&T customer will have few restrictions on streaming any content they desire. As of now, the only limit appears to be a vaguely worded footnote that at 22GB of usage in a month “reduced speeds may apply”. How that might be enforced is still unseen, but it’s a fairly healthy chunk of mobile data for folks looking to move up from plan that often start users off around 10GB per month.
You can read the full AT&T press release below.
AT&T INTRODUCES NEW UNLIMITED PLAN FOR
AT&T WIRELESS AND DIRECTV SUBSCRIBERS
A family of four may now get unlimited video streaming, data, talk and text for $180 per month*
DALLAS, Jan. 11, 2016 – AT&T** is kicking off the New Year with a new unlimited wireless data offer for its new and existing TV subscribers who like watching their favorite videos and TV shows everywhere. Beginning tomorrow, new and existing AT&T wireless customers who have or add AT&T DIRECTV® or AT&T U-Verse TV may get the new AT&T Unlimited Plan, offering customers the opportunity to stream more video, play games and surf the web on their mobile devices.1
The new AT&T Unlimited Plan includes unlimited data and unlimited talk and text. Customers can get the AT&T Unlimited Plan with a smartphone for $100 per month. Additional smartphones are $40 per month each, and a fourth smartphone can be added at no additional cost.*
The new AT&T Unlimited Plan is the first of many integrated video and mobility offers the company plans to announce in 2016. Also, AT&T plans to launch a wide-range of new video entertainment options later this year.
If you are a DIRECTV or U-Verse TV subscriber but not an AT&T wireless subscriber, for a limited time, you can receive $500 in credits when you switch to the AT&T Unlimited Plan with an eligible trade-in, and buy a smartphone on AT&T NextSM.2 And, if you are an AT&T wireless customer, but not a DIRECTV subscriber, you can add a TV package beginning at $19.99 per month for 12 months, with a 24 month agreement.3
“Our new unlimited plan is our best offer yet. It’s the perfect reward for our valued customers who like to take advantage of our integrated offers of TV and wireless services,” said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. “Video traffic continues to grow on our network as fast as ever because people enjoy viewing their favorite video content on their favorite devices. We’ve got the content consumers want, we’re delivering it to the devices they want, and we’re making it as easy as ever for them to consume as much as they want. We appreciate our customers. And today, we’re doubling down on the great value and convenience we offer those who choose us for TV and wireless services.”
*$180 is price after $40 credit for fourth smartphone line. Credit starts in 2 bill cycles. Includes $60/mo. plan charge plus $40 per month access charge per smartphone. Pay $220 per month until credit starts. After 22 GB of usage, AT&T may slow data speeds.
You can also add additional devices to the plan. For example, add a smartphone or tablet for $40 per month or $10 for a smart watch. If you don’t need unlimited data for your tablet, you can take advantage of our new 1 GB tablet plan for $10 per month, exclusively available for customers on the AT&T Unlimited Plan.4
|AT&T UNLIMITED PLAN|
|Device Type||Monthly Access Fee Per Device|
(Fourth line free after bill credit)
|Tablets||+ $40 (or $10 for 1GB)|
|Basic/messaging phones||+ $25|
|Select connected devices||+ $10|
As another bonus, when you combine your AT&T wireless and DIRECTV/U-Verse bills, you’ll save an additional $10 a month.5
AT&T Unlimited Plan customers also have the option to add unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data for mobile Internet roaming in Mexico.6
The AT&T Unlimited Plan may be available for a limited time.
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1 Plan Not available in the USVI. Requires eligible TV service. If not eligible, AT&T will move you to 10 GB plan (Overage $15/GB) or may move to your old plan (restrictions apply). Additional usage and other terms and restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimitedplan for details.
2 Requires port-in, eligible TV service & AT&T Unlimited Plan. Get $300 bill credit (within 90 days) + $200 trade-in credit/promo card. Restrictions apply.
3 Price for SELECT™ Package, valid through 1/27/16. After 12 months, then-prevailing rate for base package applies (currently $49.99/mo for SELECT) unless canceled or changed by customer prior to end of the promotional period. Some offers may not be available through all channels and in select areas.
4 Plan not available in the USVI. Req’s AT&T Unlimited Plan. If not eligible, AT&T will move you to an AT&T DataConnect plan for Tablets with 250 MB of data per month and a current plan charge of $14.99 per month plus applicable taxes and fees, and overage charges of $14.99 per 250 MB. See https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/wireless/KM1044844 for DataConnect plan details. Additional restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimitedplan for details.
5 One discount per account. For customers who combine eligible TV and postpaid consumer wireless services on a single AT&T bill. Not valid in U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico. Other exclusions apply. Combined billing & discount may take effect 1-2 bill cycles.
6 Mexico Roaming BonusSM package must be added to each device separately. Includes unlimited talk and text in Mexico and from Mexico to the U.S. plus 1 GB of data use in Mexico with overage charges of $20 per GB. One month minimum term required. Additional restrictions apply. See att.com/mexicoroaming for details.