updated 03:10 pm EST, Tue February 19, 2008
AT&T Unlimited Calling
(Update 2 with iPhone and BlackBerry/Windows Mobile rates) Quickly following a similar move by Verizon, cellular carrier AT&T today said it would introduce an unlimited plan of its own. The $100 monthly agreement allows subscribers to call anywhere within the US without the long distance or roaming charges that normally come with service, regardless of the length of the call. Data and MMS/SMS messaging services are not included but can be added to the plan at either $15 for data or $20 for texting.
The plan should be available as of Friday the 22nd and will not require a contract extension for current subscribers. However, the plan is currently targeted at AT&T's mainstream lineup and does not directly apply to devices that need special calling or data plans, such as BlackBerries and Windows Mobile handsets. These devices can receive unlimited voice and data for $130 per month for users with personal mail or $145 per month for corporate mail.
The iPhone is now known to be included in the offerings but will cost a minimum of $120 per month, as it requires the same $20 monthly unlimited data plan as for standard iPhone plans. Text messaging options reflect those of the standard three tiers and include 200 SMS texts with the default plan, while an additional $10 or $20 will boost the allotted messages to 900 and an unlimited amount.
AT&T's pricing scheme places the company's offerings roughly in line with those of Verizon's own $100 plan, including extra rates for messaging, Internet access, and video features.