AT&T announces $5/month hike on unlimited data plans from Feb 2016

AT&T announces $5/month hike on unlimited data plans from Feb 2016

On Monday, bigwig US wireless carrier AT&T said that the cost of the company’s grandfathered unlimited data plans will be increased by $5 per month, with effect from February 2016.

The announcement implies that the cost of AT&T’s unlimited data plans will go up from $30 per month to $35 per month.

AT&T’s unlimited data plan gives users the ability to avail the benefit of an unlimited amount of data. However, excessive data usage is throttled by AT&T if customers “exceed 22GB of data in a billing cycle and are in a congested area.”

The price hike announced by AT&T for unlimited data plans underscores the first price hike for the plans in the last seven years. AT&T stopped offering unlimited data plans to new customers a few years back, but some of the carrier’s customers still continue to hold the plans which they purchased before the plans were discontinued.

About the imminent increase in the cost of its unlimited data plans, AT&T has said in a page on its website that it would notify the customers who will be affected by the rate change, which will be implemented in the February 2016 billing period for all affected customers.

AT&T also said that it will waive early termination fees for customers who want to cancel their wireless service because of the $5-per-month increase in the cost of unlimited data plans.

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