updated 11:33 pm EDT, Sun August 19, 2012
Will still offer tablets at full price
As of August 19, AT&T will reportedly no longer subsidize the cost of tablet devices for customers. The news emerged today when an unnamed source passed an internal document to Engadget revealing the carrier's new policy. The company will still carry tablets, but customers will only be able to purchase them at their full cost, and they will still be eligible for AT&T's shared data plans.
The policy shift eliminates all two-year tablet data pricing plans that were available with the subsidized purchase of a device. Customers who purchased a subsidized tablet will still be able to add it to a Mobile Share account for $10, but AT&T will still require them to fulfill their contract obligations. Customers that want to leave Mobile Share and return to a DataConnect 3GB/$35 or 5GB/$50 plan for a subsidized tablet will have to pay an early termination fee if they have not yet met their contract obligations.
Customers will still be able to take advantage of any promotions that were previously offered alongside a subsidized tablet, but they will have to do so while paying the full price for the device. A look at the carrier's tablet product page shows that it is indeed still offering a range of devices, though all of them only have the "No service commitment" pricing option available.