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AT&T Data Plans Get Bump, Plus Price Hike

01/18/2012 06:37 pm ET | Updated Mar 19, 2012

AT&T on Wednesday announced on its Consumer Blog that it will begin rolling out new data plans for smartphone and tablet users.

The plans, available starting Sunday January 22, allow for more data downloads per month, but they come with a $5 price hike across the board.

The smartphone plans are as follows: 300MB for $20, 3GB for $30, or 5GB (plus mobile hotspot and tethering) for $50.

As for tablet plans, users can choose from either 3GB for $30 or 5GB for $50.

The Verge notes that existing AT&T customers are currently paying "200MB for $15, 2GB for $25, or 4GB with tethering for $45." If you currently subscribe to one of these plans, or if you are one of the lucky customers who still enjoys $30 unlimited data, you will be able to keep your existing plans, according to an AT&T press release. The company's tablet plan that charges $14.99 for 250MB will also stick around past January 22.

As TechCrunch points out, the new rates charge customers slightly less money per megabyte, though they cost more overall.

Meanwhile, rival network Verizon has announced that it switched on its 4G LTE network in five new cities across the U.S., bringing the total number of LTE-wired cities up to 195.

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