New AT&T Mobile Share Value Plans Heavy on Data

Wireless data keeps getting cheaper and cheaper, if a new lineup of data plans announced today by AT&T is any indication. One of the company's promotions offers 15 GB of sharable data for $100, the price it previously charged for 10 GB.

Under the new plans, dubbed the AT&T Mobile Share Value plans, the company is cutting service costs in some cases and adding free calling and text messaging to customers in Canada and Mexico -- a perk already offered by competitors T-Mobile and Sprint. However, unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico is only available at the top rungs of the new plans. AT&T recently purchased Iusacell, Mexico's third largest wireless telecommunications company, and Nextel Mexico.

The new data plans start at 300 MB for $20 a month, plus a monthly device charge of $25 per line. Also available is 2 GB for $30 a month and 5 GB for $50 per month, both with the same device charge as the 300 MB package.

The 15 GB for $100 and 25 GB for $170 plans both offer the Canada/Mexico talk and text enticement and a lower ($15) monthly per-device fee. The highest-tier plan is possibly a suitable option for a small business that has multiple phone lines, AT&T said. The company is still offering its standard two-year contracts at $40 per line, but only at some AT&T stores.

Going International

The option for talk and text to both north and south of the border comes on the heels of similar offerings by AT&TEUs chief rivals. Earlier this week, Sprint announced free calling and texting to Canada and Mexico. That plan offers users free unlimited calls and texts (and reduced data rates), when theyEUre in Canada, Mexico, and more than a dozen Latin American countries -- without roaming fees. Last month T-Mobile...

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