updated 03:10 pm EST, Mon November 23, 2009
ATT Data Connect Passes go live
AT&T today countered efforts by Sprint, Verizon and Virgin Mobile in mobile data by adding the Data Connect Pass as an alternative to its subscriptions. The packages give occasional travelers the option of using 3G through a USB stick or similar device without having to commit beyond what they need. It also avoids unnecessary overage fees and lets users top up for the amount of necessary time if they run out of bandwidth before the usage period expires.
The plans start at $15 for a single-day pass with 75MB of transfers and move up to a 250MB weekly pass at $30 and a month-long 500MB pass for $50. Passes don't require a locked device and only need a supporting AT&T SIM card.