AT&T announces new data plans, unlimited data nowhere to be seen

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Today is a sad day in data land. AT&T have just announced two new mobile data plans with one glaring omission: no more unlimited data.

There is some consolation, though, as those of you currently on unlimited plans are welcome to keep them.

As of June 7, however, any new customers wanting the all-you-can-eat data buffet will be left hungry — and that includes new iPad owners.

The new plans will come in two flavours: the 200MB DataPlus plan for $15 per month, and the 2GB DataPro plan for $25 per month. If you go over your allowed usage, data will be charged at $15 per 200MB on the DataPlus, and $10 per GB on the DataPro.

DataPro users interested in tethering (and who don’t own an Android phone) will be charged $20 extra per month for the privilege of sharing your connection across devices. Which is nice.

On a more positive note, AT&T also mentioned that tethering will finally be available for iPhone users after the release of iPhone OS 4.0 this Summer. Not that we didn’t know that already.

The new plans are designed to offer a cheaper option to light users, while restricting the heavy users, in turn helping ease the burden on their struggling network. It makes sense, but it’s always sad to lose something you once had, even if it is something as ephemeral as a data plan.

[via Boy Genius Report]

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