It seems like every carrier is in a race to simplify its plans and cut prices for consumers. That's the free market at work! Verizon just announced big changes in response to T-Mobile's revamped plan, and now AT&T is following suit. You'll save big on international calls and texts, but there's also a bit of a curveball that could force you to pay higher fees.
It's all about the data. And AT&T's new monthly data plans are a better deal, for the most part. Not getting hit with higher fees is just a matter of choosing the right plan.
For the 300MB plan, you'll still pay $20 a month. There's now a 2GB option instead of the previous 1GB and 3 GB ones, and that's just $30 a month. A 5GB plan for $50 a month replaces the old 6GB for $70 a plan, and it gets better from there. You used to get 10GB for $100 a month; now you get 15GB. And 20GB is $10 less than before, at $140 a month.
With the $100-and-up plans, you can call Canada and Mexico at no extra charge. And all of the plans have unlimited international texting, as well as data rollover month-to-month. The catch is that if you get any of the plans under $100 a month, you'll pay more if you have extra lines: $25 per line, as opposed to the $15 you'll pay per-line with the 15GB-and-up plans. You'll also pay more for data overages if you have the 5GB or lower plans.
If you're only using one line, you'll be just fine with one of the smaller data plans, as long as you don't exceed your allotted usage. But if you have two or more lines, you'll likely save some money opting for the $100 a month data plan. The new tiers of payment plans go into effect tomorrow, Saturday, August 15.