AT&T is really working hard to stem the tide opened by the expansion of iPhone to Verizon. Today they announced that select smartphone customers will soon be able to connect multiple devices from their smartphone – via Wi-Fi – thanks to the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. The feature will first be available February 13, beginning with the in-store launch of the HTC Inspire™ 4G. Bundled with the AT&T Data Pro plan, customers will benefit from a total of 4GB for $45 per month. This is cool and all by allowing this through an app but I still think that $45 is way to much for only 4GB but hey I have only been in IT for over a decade. And don’t even get me started on the extra $10 per GB that they will charge you for every one you go over. If you stream a couple of movies on your phone, you could easily eat up that 4GB and be pissed when you see that phone bill.
On the same day AT&T will automatically add the additional 2GB of monthly data usage to smartphone customers already on a tethering plan – at no extra charge. Customers will incur the same $20 monthly fee they’re accustomed to paying, only now they’ll receive an extra 2GB of data each month.
AT&T Mobile Hotspot details include:
- Connectivity for multiple wireless devices to AT&T’s mobile broadband network
- 2 GB of data usage for $20 a month, bundled with AT&T’s Data Pro plan ($25 / 2GB)
- The combined AT&T Data Pro plus AT&T Mobile Hotspot will provide 4GB for $45 per month
- 4GB applies to collective use among all devices
- Overage fee of $10 per gigabyte
Customers will receive a text message from AT&T – as soon as February 13 – once the additional 2GB has been auto-added to their plan. What do you think is this worth it?