AT&T has dropped the price it charges smartphone users for an unlimited voice and data plan. This will save many customers more than the purchase price of their device over a two-year contract.
Starting on Monday, AT&T customers, including iPhone users, can buy unlimited voice and data for $100 a month, $30 less than before. Adding unlimited text messages to this will cost an additional $20.
For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans (prices assume 2 smartphones), unlimited voice and data is now available for $180 a month. Unlimited text messages costs $30 more.
AT&T customers without a smartphone can get an unlimited talk plan for $70 a month. Family plans with unlimited talk start at $120. Adding unlimited text messaging adds $20 and $30, respectively.
Beginning Monday, existing AT&T customers can change to any of the new plans without penalty or contract extension.
AT&T vs. Verizon
This follows on the heels of Verizon Wireless, who also just lowered the monthly charge for some of its phone services. Verizon made its announcement first, followed by AT&T shortly thereafter.
Starting next week, Verizon will be offering unlimited voice, data, and text messaging for $120 a month, the same as AT&T’s new rate.
Both of the smaller carriers national carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, offer equivalent service plans for less.