Monday, June 21, 2010

AT&T's Smartphone Plans Overhaul and Wireless Contracts

AT&T has recently announced major changes for its smartphone plans. The carrier has decided to dissolve its unlimited data plan and now offer two-tiered data plan pricing. Since changes in plans allow consumers to terminate their wireless contract without any fees, some consumers are wondering if this will be the case with these new plans.

But before we answer that, here's a brief over view of AT&T's new two-tiered data plans.

DataPlus plan: offers smartphone customers 200 megabytes of data for $15 a month. An additional 200MB of data for $15 until the end of that billing cycle is offered if customers exceed 200MB in a monthly billing cycle.

DataPro plan: 2 gigabytes of data for $25 a month. An additional 1GB of data for $10 will be offered to those who exceed 2GB during a billing cycle.

Now to the important question. Will these new plan allow one to cancel your current mobile phone contract without paying any fees?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Why? Well, these changes do not require existing customers to switch to the new tiered data service plans. Consumers can keep your existing unlimited data plan so no material changes has affected the terms of your contract.

Only a material change such as an increase in charges can allow a consumer to terminate a contract without incurring an early termination fee.

That's it for this post. Stand by for more news and updates on wireless contracts for mobile phones.

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