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AT&T Announces Hotspot Feature for $45

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Feb 2, 2011, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T today announced that starting with the February 13 launch of the HTC Inspire 4G, it will offer a mobile hotspot feature to select smartphones. Together with a data plan, the feature will cost a total of $45 per month and allow for 4GB of data transfer. At the same time, AT&T is also adding a 2GB data allowance to users of its tethering plan. Users who pay the extra $20 to tether their smartphone to a laptop won't be limited to 2GB, and will instead have 4GB of data for the month.

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JeffdaBeat

Feb 2, 2011, 3:43 PM

Step back to unlimited?

I keep wondering if they are just going to fold and bring back the unlimited plan. I've been hearing rumors that they are secretively giving the unlimited plan to customers who are looking to switch to Verizon. I know this is tethering, but I'm wondering where this will go...
It's not just customer's looking to switch. It's also people who've had the plan before. Basically, if they can verify there's been an unlimited PDA/Smartphone plan, its capable of being re-added.

As far as the tethering goes, this is def. a step i...
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JeffdaBeat said:
I keep wondering if they are just going to fold and bring back the unlimited plan. I've been hearing rumors that they are secretively giving the unlimited plan to customers who are looking to switch to Verizon. I k
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MadFatMan

Feb 2, 2011, 10:58 PM

Are You Being For Real?

I'm not being a "troll" for pointing out the obvious here but, Sprint has had an offered an UNLIMITED hot spot buy up on capable devices for $29.99 3G EVDO rev a / 4G WiMax in addition to the PDA handsets being UNLIMITED DATA with AT&T capping it off at 2GB for handset use with a $10 per GB overages rate.

Yeah go ahead and reply with "but sprint just started the $10 premium data charge". Save it, Net Neutrality is on trial is facing the chopping block, just look what just happened in Canada with bandwidth caps for freaking wireline services for crying out loud. The premium data charge is Sprints solution to AVOID going to teired or metered data plans unlike AT&T and Verizon.

So people are happy about this announcement why? $45 / 4GB ...
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if you use more than 2gb on a regular basis, sure. i understand your concern. but if you do, you're in the VAST minority. plus net neutrality is unconstitutional, and so is unlimited data. unlimited data is NOT what the founding fathers would have wan...
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$45 / 4GB is not a good plan, its a smack in the face and highly insulting to the tech savy consumer that knows what it should cost.

AT&T leadership clearly does not want those customers on their pr...
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"I'm not being a "troll" for pointing out the obvious here but, Sprint has had an offered an UNLIMITED hot spot buy up on capable devices for $29.99 3G EVDO rev a / 4G WiMax in addition to the PDA handsets being UNLIMITED DATA with AT&T capping it off...
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i feel proud of my contributions to what turned out to be such a prominent discussion.
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wrightN

Feb 2, 2011, 5:55 PM

Welcome to to 2011 at&t!!

congrats on some lame scheme for hotspot, but sprint still has go you beat.

especially for at&t customers in my area... still go the ol' EDGE Shocked
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Let me ask you... When you saw the title of this article what prompted you to come here to post about Sprint?
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flip mode

Feb 2, 2011, 5:18 PM

more crack anyone?

lets have some more crack while we come up with new zany schemes instead of just charging a nice flat fee for unlimited. Laughing
ummmm solo..... lol
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Jeromeo1980

Feb 3, 2011, 7:43 PM

Not to brag, but...

I pay $3.99 for unlimited* (*throttled speeds after 5gb, but not capped) internet on T-Mobile and my Nokia N900 smartphone. It has WiFi, USB, and Bluetooth options for a tethering hotspot--all of which are absolutely free.
F*ck AT&T.
From what I hear, T-Mobile's cracking down on the people who don't have the right data plans on their acct. for the phones they're using. My brother just had his Vibrant removed off an old $10 plan and forcibly put onto a PDA plan.
 
 
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