AT&T Offers Pay-As-You-Need It Data Service

AT&T is now offering access to mobile broadband on a customer's terms and timeframe with its new DataConnect Pass pay-as-you-need it data service. The new service is available by the day, by the week, or by the month using a laptop or netbook that is compatible with AT&T's wireless network.

DataConnect Passes are available in advance by visiting Options include:
  • DataConnect Day Pass (75 MB) - $15
  • DataConnect Week Pass (250 MB) - $30
  • DataConnect Month Pass (500 MB) - $50
To use the DataConnect service, you'll need a compatible AT&T-certified netbook or laptop and a previously un-activated SIM card which is available at any AT&T retail location. You'll also need to complete a customer profile at

The first time you use the service, you'll need to create a username and password, provide SIM card information and device serial number, complete the billing information, and select a desired data plan. Once a session is purchased, data usage begins. AT&T will send a text and email message to let you know when 30 minutes or 20 percent of the allotted data usage remains in your session.

"This is about choice and flexibility -- giving our customers more ways to match their own data needs, on their own time and with their own budget," said Mark Collins, senior vice president-Voice and Data Products, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We want our network to be open, accessible and useful in a way that accommodates unique customer needs. DataConnect Pass is another way consumers can customize the AT&T experience."