AT&T Mobility made big news in June last year when it abolished its unlimited data plans once and for all. Or did they? Current iPhone customers who have not signed a new contract still have unlimited data, and now the AP reports there's hope for the rest. iPhone subscribers who have switched from an unlimited data plan to a tiered one can contact AT&T and have their old data plan reinstated.
The move is not being actively publicized by AT&T, nor will the company confirm the activity. iPhone users report that a quick phone call was all it took to get unlimited data back if they had it before. To reinstate your unlimited data plan call 1-800-331-0500 or dial 611 directly from your iPhone.
Current tiered data plans offered to new subscribers and upgraders alike total $15 per month for 200 MB or $25 per month for 2 GB. Anything over the limit costs $10 per gigabyte. AT&T is presumably worried about iPhone users leaving the company for Verizon Wireless, which is requiring smartphone owners to carry a $30 per month unlimited data plan.
The unlimited data plan on AT&T costs the same, $30 per month. Of course, most users don't exceed the 2 GB limit, and wouldn't need to spend the extra $5 per month for unlimited data. But heavy streaming of media such as Pandora radio stations and Netflix video can take a toll on bandwidth. Many long-term iPhone users will be pleased to have the option of returning to the unlimited data plans they once had before June 2010.