AT&T Increases Tethering Data Plan Limit to 4 GB

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Following through on its announcement from earlier this month that it would bump monthly data limits for customers on its DataPro + Tethering plan from 2 GB to 4 GB, AT&T has now sent out text messages to customers confirming that the change has been made.

    AT&T's DataPro plan offers customers 2 GB of mobile data for $25 per month. The carrier had offered the ability for customers to tether computers to their iPhones for an additional $20 per month, but the plan offered no additional data for tethering beyond the standard 2 GB bucket. With the change, the $20 per month charge now effectively buys not only tethering privileges but also an additional 2 GB of data.

    Article Link: AT&T Increases Tethering Data Plan Limit to 4 GB
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Yes, but when will they turn on the HotSpot feature..?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2009

    Jailbreaking gives you this privledge of tethering as well. :D

    BTW you are still paying $10 extra for every 1GB over your capped plan, so you are still saving $20 a month with a jailbroken phone for the extra 2GB of data.

    So in other words....

    EAT IT AT&T!!!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    How about just turn on tethering/hotspot for FREE and then be VERY stringent about keeping to the 2GB limit?

    I would like to be able to use my MacBook while on the road for very very brief moments using my iPhone as the gateway.
  5. e-coli, Feb 15, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011

    macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    Still criminal. That's as much as you pay for home high-speed Internet, except at 1/4 the speed and a 4 GB cap. That's insane. Equally crazy is a company having to "allow" you to use a device you paid for, and continue to pay for.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2008
    I agree. I mean isn't it in AT&Ts interest for you to consume as much data as possible so that you go over your limit and pay the overage charge? Putting a price on it will keep a lot of users from actually using it. Of course this would hurt them for those still with an unlimited plan.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I didn't think you could add tethering on an Unlimited plan (without jailbreaking). You had to downgrade to the 2gb "pro" plan and then add tethering on top of it.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    That's correct Jay.

    I'm still on the grandfathered "Unlimited" plan but would gladly go to the 2GB Data Pro if tethering/HotSpot was a free option.

    I like the Swiss Army Knife philosophy... I may not need or use a feature (like tethering) everyday or even once a month, but when the chips are down and I need to use it, I want to be able to have the option of using it.

    Let me be responsible for my data usage. If I go over the 2GB total because I was tethering my MacBook too much then I am the responsible one who needs to pay the extra fees.

    I think AT&T would end up making MORE $$$ using this philosophy.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Does Verizon and T-Mobile charge you for the privilege of tethering as well? I mean I know they have a few select phones with "free hotspot" but in general do they charge for tethering?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Just curious. Does anyone actually run up against the limit? And if you do, how do you use your phone and what kind of apps do you use?

    In my case, I found I was using Wifi so much, my typical monthly usage was 200MB or less. Unless I start watching movies or You Tube a lot on my iPhone, that seems like a pretty good deal on bandwidth.
  11. kdarling, Feb 15, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011

    macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    If we all had dedicated wires connected to our handsets, and we never moved them from one location, that home analogy might work.

    Instead, our phones can connect from almost anywhere, and have to share chunks of fairly limited cell bandwidth.

    The prices we all pay today for wireless connections are incredibly cheap compared to ten years ago. Back then, most of us had 19Kbps (max) dialups on our phones, and were even charged by connection minutes, which made surfing the web pretty darned expensive unless you hurried ! (Many of us turned off picture downloads on our browsers to save money.)

    Heck, 1GB of transfer at 10 cents a minute would've cost over $800.
  12. macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    I would actually do this if it didnt block the iPad.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    There is one problem with your analogy kdarling... The internet today is a completely different evolved creature than 10 years ago.

    What was YouTube 10 years ago? Nothing. It didn't exist for another 4 years. What was Facebook? Again, nothing.

    Flash was something of minor thing and even MySpace hadn't been thought of yet.

    Downloading a 3.2MB mp3 file was a half day thing even on cable modems back in the day.

    There were no 1GB files to think about transferring let alone over a "high-speed" cable modem in 2001. Top of the line Power Mac G4's only came with 60-80 GB hard drives.

    In today's internet climate, information consumption and sharing is what it is all about.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    I'm about the same as you, I have Wifi access at pretty much everywhere I go, but I often stream pandora to my car stereo and maybe update twitter or something while I am out somewhere.

    So I end up using around 200-300MB a month which means I would be going over their smallest plan usage and might as well buy the 2GB. Now if I had tethering I would use a bit more data because I can finally connect the two via wifi.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    Verizon gets the iPhone and you see all these cahnges on ATT
  16. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    That issue should go away if AT&T gives full access to the mobile hotspot feature in 4.3...
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
    Or I can use my jail broken iphone for free, any time I want. :D
  18. macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    That would be cool, 4gb is a pretty good number, I almost never use half that.

    I have an unlimited plan but would bet money that when 4g comes out that will go away.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    In a typical month I use somewhere between 300 and 400 MB since whenever I'm home I have Wifi. I rarely even approach the 2GB limit and that's with fairly frequent web usage.

    Right now I'm at 470 MB halfway through the month, but the only reason I've used so much data was because I watched a 40 minute tv show on Netflix over 3G.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2003
  21. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    All these changes are a reminder why competition is good for the consumer, and monopolies shouldn't be encouraged.
  22. macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2008
    Livonia, MI
    The Coke Analogy

    Maybe I'm just pointing out the obvious here but it seems a bit strange for a company to charge for a set amount of a product (2GB data use) and then charge an additional fee to allow you to use that product by a different means (laptop connection).

    It's like Coca-Cola charging you $2.50 for a can of Coke but then charging another $2.00 if you choose to drink that Coke using a straw. And to further the analogy, NOW Coke is saying you'll get an additional can for your $2.00 but that's not the point. I don't need another can; I just want to drink the first can with a straw and I shouldn't have to pay a ransom to do that.

  23. macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2011
    America's High Five
    Its a little different as the coke is a physical product and the tethering and data usage is a service. While I agree its not completely right, they can and do do this. Its an additional service that you want and have to pay for, similar to wanting movie channels on top of your standard cable service.
  24. macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Verizon does, and it costs more too.
  25. BriarCoop, Feb 16, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2011
    AT&T All Business

    My first post guys. Here goes. I have an Iphone 4 and it's great. I have not jailbroke it yet but I think I would like to. I hear a lot of cool stuff about the jailbreak. I have the old unlimited data plan and now AT&T has decided not to offer this plan anymore. I use my Iphone as a player for satellite radio so I crush the current data plans. AT&T needs to serve it's customers better and not manipulate us to please the shareholders. Bring back the unlimited option and give people more choices. I have a Virgin Mobile MyFi Hotspot that is $40 a month flat with no contract and guess what it works pretty good. My MacBook Pro & Ipad work well with it and AT&T has nothing close with this flexibility.

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