AT&T Rolls Out Higher Priced Data Plans for Smartphones and Tablets

Who needs a wad of cash in their wallet dragging them down? If that's how you feel, you'll be thrilled with AT&T's new data plans for smartphone and tablet customers. The plans, which launch this Sunday, January 22, 2012, are designed to "give customers more data and value," but that additional data and value comes at the cost of higher prices.

AT&T's current data plans run $15 per month for 200MB of data and $25 per month for 2GB of data. If you're a mobile hotspot customer, your're paying $25 per month for 2GB plus another $20 for 2GB of hotspot data, which adds up to 4GB for $45.

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The new smartphone plans shake out like this:
  • AT&T Data Plus 300MB: $20 for 300MB
  • AT&T Data Pro 3GB: $30 for 3GB
  • AT&T Data Pro 5GB: $50 for 5GB, with mobile hotspot / tethering

In other words, prices are going up a five-spot for each tier, though AT&T's also offering bigger data cap for each plan. If you still need to go over your monthly allotment, customers can pay $10 per additional gigabyte on the Data Pro 3GB and Data Pro 5GB plans. Data Plus 300MB uses will receive an extra 300MB for $20 - ouch. New tablet plans run $30 for 30GB (AT&T DataConnect 3GB) and $50 for 5GB (AT&T DataConnect 5GB). 

If you're not down with these new price plans and already have an account, don't sweat it -- AT&T says existing customers can keep their current plans if they want to.