If you thought you had it good because your plan to buy a text messaging-oriented feature phone from AT&T didn’t include a mandatory data or text plan, you might want to rethink your options. Newly minted rumors indicate that AT&T will require some feature phones in its stable to sign up with requisite data and messaging plans. If that feature phone you’ve had your eye on is considered by AT&T to be a “Quick Messaging” phone, AT&T will slap an additional $20 onto your voice plan. The additional cost will give you unlimited data and 200 text or picture messages.
AT&T says that devices like its Pantech Reveal, Pantech Impact, Motorola Karma, Samsung Flight, Samsung Impression, Samsung Magnet, Samsung Solstice, Samsung Mythic, Samsung Propel, LG Xenon, LG Neon, and LG Vu, will require an additional $15/month unlimited data plan and a $5 messaging bundle. If you already have one of those phones, worry not, you’re in the clear. If you’re picking up a new phone or plan to upgrade to a “quick messaging” phone, just know that your monthly bill will be $20 higher from now on.