AT&T Drops Price of Single-Line Data Plans, 2GB Now $65/Month

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T will launch a new single-line data plan for smartphone customers on Sunday, bringing it more in-line with the lower-cost family plans that launched at the beginning of February.

    The new plan will give users 2GB of data, along with unlimited messaging and calling, for $65 per month, down $15 from the previous plan. Adding additional smartphones to the plan will cost $25 per line per month. AT&T slashed the prices of its Mobile Share family plans at the beginning of last month.

    AT&T's new plans can also be combined with an existing promotion that offers a $100 bill credit to new and existing customers who add a new line of service. That promo runs through 3/31/2014. AT&T also introduced new messaging and calling rates to international countries late last month.

    The move comes in the midst of a marketing war between U.S. cellular carriers, with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all introducing new deals and promotions to keep their current customers and snatch new ones.

    Customers can learn more about the new plans on AT&T's website.

    Article Link: AT&T Drops Price of Single-Line Data Plans, 2GB Now $65/Month
  2. macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2003
    Tustin, California
    This is actually more in line with how single-line monthly plans should be, comparing to my unlimited (22% work-discount) Sprint plan of around $67/mo. Glad to see carriers are moving away from punishing single-line users.

    Now if only Verizon would follow suit... they're the only ones with decent coverage where I live.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    This is great…. they are in a price-lowering war to attract customers!

    I really wanted to thank T-Mobile primarily for stimulating this round of "price cut wars".
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2006
    Competition = great for customers. Thanks to Datashare, my plan went from 195 to 125.

    Competition creates Verizon FIOS while monopolies create Comcast and Cablevision.
  5. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
  6. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009

    Definitely glad the merger didn't go through.
  7. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    $65 :eek: i couldnt afford an iPhone in the US. i have 4.6 GB lte + hotspot for free, in fact i make 25 cent after two years thx to 3rd party providers living of off signing phone contracts over here (commission)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
  9. macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2003
    Wow, that's surprising. I'm still under contract for my line, I think it ends in summer, so does this mean that the savings get passed onto me automatically with AT&T? Or do I have to call for the discounted rate? 1 line, unlimited texts, 2GB data. Thanks
  10. macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    This is for no contract only. AKA AT&T next or paying full price. Therefore it's $65 plus the monthly phone cost. Which brings it to about $90/month.

    Still a rip off. Nice try. Stop tricking people with this AT&T Next ********.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2005
    As tempting as it is to want to switch back to ATT from Tmo, there's two things, one of them major. I can't go without HD calls now. It's absolutely amazing how it sounds, so until att finally gets around to it (been "working on it" for the last year and half) it's a no go.

    Most important though, I don't want a company that only reacts. I think I'll stick with TMo because they're the ones that are actually initiating it. As far as those on verizon, I feel sorry for you. I really don't know why you'd choose that over Tmobile, unless you got bad coverage at least ATT. It just seems like verizon customers just keep taking all the crap verizon keeps pushing out. Nothing will change with them unless people start voting with their wallet.
  13. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    No kidding; it's shocking how much they pay over there! :eek:
  14. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010
    That's the point. Off contract. They aren't hiding it, they are separating the two. Device and phone. Bring your own or buy one from them through next. Not that hard to figure out. People will bitch about anything. They lower the price and wah wah wah. Good god.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    OK, so they lowered the price to $65 off contract. Big deal. Straight talk is $45/month off contract.

    If you're going to go off contract, $65/month is not a good deal.

    The whole point of the major carriers has been getting new phones under 2 year contracts. If you're not going to get the 2 year contract, there are way better options for you at a fraction of the cost. You don't need to fall for the Next, Edge, and Jump BS. It's not saving you any money.

    Get a 2 year contract or buy outright and go with straight talk or another $45/month plan. Getting next, edge, or jump is throwing your money out the window.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2005
    Buying outright and doing 3 years seems to be the best of both worlds. For my wife and I we did that with TMo and it's $80 plus a 10% discount for being Alumni with University of Minnesota. Make sure to check to see if you get a discount from the university you attended!
  17. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2010

    They can afford to go cheaper since they don't own or pay for any of the towers and stuff that actually makes the device work. It doesn't work that way when you are actually responsible for the network. You can't just run around giving **** away. Not to mention next is simply an installment plan to help you get the phone if you want it. Purely optional and they don't make much on next anyways.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2014
    So why not just go with AT&T's GoPhone plan of $60?

    $60/month 2GB Data, Unlimited Calling + Texting [International included], Full 4G + LTE Data [Not throttled by any proxy or anything so it does have the same low ping rates as the Post-Paid plans] and can actually be had for $54/month via -- they have their 10% off just about every month and no tax or fees.

    Finance your smartphone or just buy it outright......

    I feel what the carriers are offering now, MVNO's have already allowed this for a long time [Along with AT&T it self via its Gophone service] but only thing exciting most people is that the fact the big carriers are now showing it on their plans list......for single line plans, its better to go with Gophone + Pay for your phone up front for maximum savings as its not worth much as people are blinded by the idea of paying monthly, you end up paying more because carriers still charge you more just for being post paid customer.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    Yeah, but we're not in the clear yet. Don't forget that Softbank-owned Sprint still wants to acquire T-Mo.
  20. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009

    AT&T reminds of the old joke about the [insert looked-down-upon-ethnic-minority] mine detector.

    Stomp stomp stomp
  21. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Does this plan allow tethering?

    (I've always wondered why the smaller plans don't! Tethering uses a lot of data, and if the plans did AT&T would probably make even more money from overages! I wonder if they just don't want to deal with people calling and complaining about said overages.)
  22. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    They already have. I have a single line 2gb plan for $60 a month
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2009
    So, if I'm reading AT&T's website correctly, for someone who is mid-contract, switching to the new 2GB plan would be:

    $40 for the plan (unlimited talk, text, 2GB data)
    + $40 for being under contract
    $80 per month (plus taxes/fees)

    And this includes unlimited international texting and tethering.

    If this is all correct, I'll be switching to this tomorrow.
  24. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009

    Sure they can. Just stop paying CEOs and the like such obscene salaries.

    Don't think that MVNOs get their time from AT&T/Verizon for free. They don't own the towers but they pay for [a piece of] them.
  25. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    The parent company of T-Mobile wants to sell them off so it will happen sooner or later. We should find out by the end of the year if Sprint buys out T-Mobile.


    Like that's ever going to happen :D.

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