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AT&T preps $30 unlimited data/message pack

updated 11:55 am EST, Fri January 23, 2009

ATT Unlimited Messaging

AT&T is gearing up to launch a new set of data plans that includes a lower-cost unlimited data and messaging bundle, a leak of a briefing sheet and additional information to Engadget reveals. The carrer is poised to drop its longstanding MEdia Net name for its regular data services and will top the offerings with a lower-cost $30 Messaging & Data Unlimited plan; the feature is $5 less than before but still allows its namesake unrestricted data use, MMS and SMS.

Other plans are mostly rebadges of lesser MEdia Net plans and include Data Unlimited as well as Data Unlimited & AT&T Navigator for regular subscribers. Both Data Pay Per Use as well as GoPhone Data 1MB for prepaid phone users. Some of the basic MEDia plans have also been scrapped to simplify the choices, including the Basic, Works Max 200 and plain 1MB plans.

AT&T's full motivations for the changeup aren't mentioned, though the $30 price matches Verizon's Connect plan. The naming also emphasizes general data use for video streaming and other features where MEdia Net has primarily centered on the web.

Whether or not the provider plans any changes for its smartphone plans is also unknown. The company's unlimited smartphone plan at $30 doesn't include any messaging and has been cited at times as a key obstacle to the adoption of the iPhone, which until the iPhone 3G had a less expensive $20 plan that included text.




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  1. marianco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    MMS on iPhone?

    AT&T is the one blocking MMS messages on the iPhone, not Apple.

    Thus it would be interesting to see if MMS can finally be done on the iPhone.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    MMS

    The way I understand it, the iPhone doesn't even have the support for it. Kind of hard for ATT to block it when the iPhone can't do it (as would be noted by any non-US iPhone owner who would say "Hey, I can do MMS on my plan!".

    But as the defenders will most notably say, "MMS sucks, use email!" regardless of whether the person receiving the email has data access on their phones.

  1. Mixotic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    I think the point is...

    ...if you can't do email on your phone, the MMS experience does kind of suck. That said, I want my MMS.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    s**** Data Plans!

    I just want an iPod Touch that can make phone calls!
    It stinks that I am forced into a $30 per month data plan for the privilage to own an iPhone.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    s**** Data Plans!

    I just want an iPod Touch that can make phone calls!
    It stinks that I am forced into a $30 per month data plan for the privilege to own an iPhone.

  1. rjwill246

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    MMS and iPhone

    Jail-broke and then unlocked my iPhone in Australia using Yellowsn0w, installed SwirlyMMS and with Vodafone was able to send and receive MMS. Of course, switching back to ATT in the US, the feature does not work properly. It is, therefore, an ATT issue and not an Apple one!

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