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It also unveiled a new Next offering

AT&T must be keeping a close eye on T-Mobile's UnCarrier campaign, because it's starting to tweak its plans as well. AT&T is dropping its off-contract prices, changing its base costs for each data tier and adding a new choice to its Next plans
As of right now, AT&T's plans are organized in such a way that per-smartphone costs go down as data plans go up -- and customers still pay that same amount after their contract expires. But with the new changes, smartphones can be added to a plan for a flat rate of $40 each. If the contract expires, AT&T automatically takes $15 off each phone. 
The base cost for each data tier has changed as well -- the higher the data tier, the higher the discount. For instance, the old base rate for 1GB was $40, but the new rate is $45 while the 20GB tier went from a $200 base rate to $150.
Here's a chart of the new base rates. You'll notice there's a new 8GB plan, by the way:
Data Tier Old Base Rate New Base Rate Old Per Smartphone New Per Smartphone (Contract)
300MB $20 $20 $50 $40
1GB $40 $45 $45 $40
2GB $50 $55 $45 $40
4GB $70 $70 $40 $40
6GB $90 $80 $35 $40
8GB N/A $90 N/A $40
10GB $120 $100 $30 $40
15GB $160 $130 $30 $40
20GB $200 $150 $30 $40
30GB $300 $225 $30 $40
40GB $400 $300 $30 $40
50GB $500 $375 $30 $40

As far as Next plans go, AT&T is adding an extra option. Right now, customers can pay their phones off over a 20-month period and upgrade after one year, but the new option allows them to pay phones off over a 26-month period and upgrade at the 18-month mark. 

Also, basic phone prices have dropped from $30 to $20. 

T-Mobile may have really started something with its UnCarrier strategy as other carriers start bringing prices down. It eliminated contracts for reduced cell phone plans in March and introduced an early phone upgrade program in July. Then, in October, it started offering a free unlimited international text and data plan.

Sources: AT&T, Engadget

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Doesn't seem very good to me . . .
By Bateluer on 12/5/2013 11:41:40 AM , Rating: 4
$70/month on TMO gets me unlimited data. 70/month on AT&T gets me 4GBs.

RE: Doesn't seem very good to me . . .
By Drexial on 12/5/2013 12:02:46 PM , Rating: 3
The chart doesn't include the $25 per off contract line So its actually $95 for 4 GB or $110 for an on contract phone. I am pretty sure AT&T will happily charge you for overages too as opposed to T-Mobile just reducing you to 3G.

RE: Doesn't seem very good to me . . .
By chµck on 12/5/2013 1:11:37 PM , Rating: 1
They reduce you to Edge speeds*

RE: Doesn't seem very good to me . . .
By Drexial on 12/5/2013 2:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
With T-mobile it reduces speeds to "at most 128k" (Just read the fine print)So quite a hit, yes.

By KOOLTIME on 12/13/2013 12:21:15 AM , Rating: 2

Its still keyword - FREE ( even if slower ) ill take free
That option least at the user discretion vs suffering excessive overage charges if that happens once in a while.

Can always make a call to carrier to get more data space added if its to small amount each month. Least not paying for it, until you decide need more or the occasional slow is tolerable.

RE: Doesn't seem very good to me . . .
By kmmatney on 12/5/2013 3:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
I have 4 phones + 1 GB of data on Ting for $62 (total - for all 4 phones). I usually don't use the 1GB, so the bill is often less (I only pay for what I use). There are plenty of plans with "unlimited" (well, not exactly) data for around $45 (virgin mobile, SmartTalk, etc..). I don't get how they can charge this much.

By Myrandex on 12/6/2013 9:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh not another MVNO on Sprint or any other CDMA service provider :/ I do desire to switch to a cheaper carrier, but I will not give up the flexibility of a GSM based phone and network, no thanks.

Am I reading correctly?
By umrdyldo on 12/5/2013 12:21:22 PM , Rating: 2
So I have 3 phones on 10GB. I'm saving $20 a month on base, but paying $30 more for 3 phones? Is this correct?

RE: Am I reading correctly?
By fic2 on 12/5/2013 12:49:14 PM , Rating: 3
Looks correct - $240/month (FYI, this is $150/month on T-Mobile)

You don't think AT&T would change prices in an overall downward direction do you?

RE: Am I reading correctly?
By crimson117 on 12/5/2013 4:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, unless you have a company discount - which applies only to the data portion of your bill.

So your data is cheaper, and your discount saves you less money. Your phones are more expensive, and the discount doesn't help you there.

If you have a 15% data discount and 3 smartphones, then you used to pay $192, and now you'll pay $205. You'll pay $13 more every month, hooray!

RE: Am I reading correctly?
By crimson117 on 12/5/2013 4:20:57 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, but don't worry, you can drop to the 8GB plan and only pay $197.

So you get 2GB less for $5 more!

big difference
By mike8675309 on 12/5/2013 11:59:07 AM , Rating: 2
The big difference between T-mobile's plans and everyone else is that if I pay off my phone or pay cash for it, I'm only paying for service. This plan from AT&T still seems to have you paying for your phone even after the contract. sure they knock some dollars off but they don't knock it all off.

RE: big difference
By Mint on 12/6/2013 9:34:31 AM , Rating: 2
$15/mo less per month for off-contract customers (i.e. $25/mo per phone monthly fee) sounds about right. That's $360 over a 2 year term, which is roughly the up-front discount you get street prices for off-contract phones.

Are they still more expensive than T-Mobile? Sure, but that has always been the case.

By chrnochime on 12/5/2013 1:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
So 1GB and 2GB plans went up in price? Makes me that much less inclined to go for att once I'm freed from my contract.

RE: blah
By crimson117 on 12/5/2013 4:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
No... 1GB and 2GB overall will either be the same or actually less expensive, depending how many smartphones you have.

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