The wireless market in the US is one big game of copy-cat. When one or two of the big-dogs in the US market make a serious move to maximize their revenue, you can be sure that the other players will be making similar changes. With other carriers already limiting their “unlimited” data packages, we can see why AT&T would follow suit – not that it’s right, but it’s not entirely unexpected.
The agent/employee discussion forum at HowardForums has revealed the possibility of new data plans for AT&T. The new unlimited data plans are said to include a 5GB “soft” cap in order to discourage excessive use – “users will not be billed overages but people with constant overages will be contacted to try to reassess the users needs.”
Unlimited PDA data plans will be lowered to $30, with unlimited MediaNET access going for just $15 per month. However, text messages will no longer be bundled with data plans. An extra $5 gets you 200 SMS text messages per month, $15 gets you 1,500 text messages, $20 gets you unlimited individual texts, and $30 gives your family plan unlimited text messaging.