One of the coolest features offered by smartphone providers is unlimited data plans. For one low cost, you can access Web content, emails, streaming music, and streaming TV and movies.
Yet, those plans are largely a thing of the past. While T-Mobile, for instance, offers unlimited streaming TV with its BingeOn plan, the quality diminishes after you reach a certain data cap.
Other cellphone providers, like Sprint, have throttled Internet speeds once you reached a certain level of data usage. Even AT&T dropped its unlimited plan more than five years ago.
However, AT&T is bringing back its unlimited plan. If you stream content with it, the best news is the quality of the content won't suffer if you reach a certain data cap.
There is, however, a catch. You have to subscribe to both AT&T's phone service and its DirecTV television package. In July, AT&T acquired the DirecTV satellite provider for nearly $49 billion.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson dropped a hint about this last month. "Now what you will be begin to see, and we'll begin to put some details on this [in] January, is the idea that you put that portfolio of mobile stacked content together with a really robust wireless asset."
The new deal will cost $100 for the first line with unlimited data, and $40 each for the first and second line. If you pay for three unlimited data plans, the fourth one is free.
You'll also need to pay for your TV service. DirecTV has plans right now starting at $19.99 a month.
The new unlimited plan is being offered to new AT&T customers and existing customers. AT&T says it'll soon offer more incentives to switch to AT&T, or remain an AT&T customer. Keep reading Happening Now for updates.