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AT&T data plans ramp to $20, $30, and $50

AT&T data plans ramp to $20, $30, and $50

There's a bit of a change going on in the world of mobile on the network with the world as its icon: AT&T will be flipping up its data plans to include a three-tier system, each one with a $10 bump over the last. The change here between this set of prices and sizes of data allowance and what's currently in place is $5 and a bit of space: where now it's $15 for 200MB, $25 for 2GB, and $45 for 4GB with tethering, soon it will be $20, $30, and $50 for 300MB, 3GB, and 5GB with tethering, respectively. It's a bump for a bump when it comes down to it, and cheaper cost per byte when it comes down to it.

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AT&T begins throttling heavy iPhone data usage to 2G speeds

AT&T begins throttling heavy iPhone data usage to 2G speeds

AT&T has reportedly started throttling its heaviest data users (to be exact, the top 5% of its data users) to, well, 2G speeds. 

According to CultofMac, AT&T has been alerting customers of their data throttling move by way of a particularly terse text message, which says "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced." And is punishing those top 5 percent of users with a woefully plodding, snail-moving 2G speed.

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Verizon Family Data plans coming 2012 says CEO

Verizon Family Data plans coming 2012 says CEO

Here at the end of 2011 it seems almost strange that this didn't happen already on multiple carriers: that family plans would spring up not just for calls and text, but for data as well - this is going to be a reality inside 2012 according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam. This week at at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, McAdam noted that of course it makes sense for families with several screens to deal with, not wanting to pay for each of them on a different bill - Verizon not wanting to deal with that if they don't have to either. Verizon isn't the first to hint at such plans, but this is the closest we've gotten to confirmation that such plans will start rolling out on carriers across the USA inside the next few months.

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T-Mobile offers new Monthly4G unlimited plans

T-Mobile offers new Monthly4G unlimited plans

As the only major US carrier still without the iPhone, T-Mobile gets creative with its plan offerings to stay in the game and entice new customers. Today, the company introduced four new wireless plans that include a Monthly4G unlimited plan as well as three Pay by the Day plans that let customers pay for only the days they intend to use their mobile phones.

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Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012

Virgin Mobile has decided to postpone its original plans to throttle smartphone data speeds for its heaviest data users. Back in July, the carrier revealed that data throttling would begin in October, but today it announced that those plans will be delayed until 2012. But the company did not give any specific dates as to when it will implement the new policy.

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Sprint: OMG! We’re keeping unlimited data! Don’t leave!

Sprint: OMG! We’re keeping unlimited data! Don’t leave!

Let's face it; the only thing keeping a bunch of subscribers from vacating Sprint in droves is the fact that the carrier is still offering unlimited data. Not too long ago Sprint announced that it was putting a cap on the data plan for its hotspots. The cap Sprint put on hotspot data usage was 5GB with some very steep overage fees if you wanted to use more. I would wager a bunch of subscribers saw the unlimited data use on the hotspots changing to capped use as a bit of writing on the wall.

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TruConnect Mobile offers pay-as-you-go internet

TruConnect Mobile offers pay-as-you-go internet

TruConnect is partnering with the nation's third largest carrier to bring you pay-as-you-go internet starting at a low $4.99 per month rate. Each MB of data used costs 3.9 cents on top of the low base rate. The service can be had either through a USB dongle or a MiFi WiFi mobile hotspot device.

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Unlimited Data coming with iPhone on third largest carrier in the US according to rumor

Unlimited Data coming with iPhone on third largest carrier in the US according to rumor

iPhone owners know that when the iPhone first debuted years ago unlimited data really meant unlimited. You could download all you want and not have to work about data overages. Today the carriers want us to believe that the data used for streaming video and music is so great that they can't afford true unlimited, unless you are grandfathered in on AT&T. The unlimited plans on most carriers today are still billed as "Unlimited" but the fine print shows that generally a few gigabytes of fair use before overages kick in.

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