New AT&T Data Plans: Tethering Available, No More Unlimited

Earlier today AT&T announced new Mobile Internet plans beginning June 7.

  • DataPlus provides 200 MB of data for $15.  If you exceed 200 MB you will automatically receive 200 MB more for an additional $15.  AT&T says 65 precent of customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
  • DataPro provides 2 GB of data for $25.  If you exceed 2 GB you will automatically receive 1 GB more for an additional $10.  AT&T says 98 percent of customers use less than 2 GB of data per month on average.
  • Tethering can be added to a DataPro account for an additional $20 per month.  iPhones will get tethering when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.

I would like to see a chart that shows how many people exceed 2 GB {1, 2, 3, 4, …, 11, 12} months per year.  Something tells me there are a good statistical number of people who bounce back and forth between this point (since it would make good business sense to make that your tipping point).

Regarding tethering, we can all say FINALLY!  But why do we have to wait for iPhone OS 4 exactly?  Apple built tethering into OS 3 already.  AT&T, are you trying to make it look like it was Apple who was slow to get tethering to work on the iPhone?