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AT&T to Drop Traditional Data Plans for New Customers

Big changes are coming for customers who sign up to start AT&T Mobility service later this month. The mobile carrier has decided to nix its traditional service plans once and for all. Existing customers will not be affected unless they actively change their current subscription plan. So what exactly will AT&T offer instead of standard per-device monthly service?

AT&T data plan change

AT&T began offering its Mobile Share plans last summer, which allow customers to share a data allotment among several devices with unlimited talk and text. Each device is charged a monthly fee on top of the pooled data price. The more data that is purchased the cheaper it becomes to connect each individual device to the plan.

Pre-Order the iPhone 5c: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless

All four major U.S. carriers are now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c. You can pre-order the colorful handset from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint or Apple for $99 (16GB) and $199 (32GB). T-Mobile is also accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5c through T-Mobile.com. The 16GB model is zero dollars down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22. The 32GB model is $99 down, plus 24 monthly payments of $22.91. The iPhone 5c is also launching in ten other countries today, and international carriers like Rogers in Canada have already started taking "reservations" for the new phone.

iPhone 5C Pre-Order

The iPhone 5c is available in green, white, yellow, red and blue. It is powered by Apple's A6 chip and boasts an 8MP iSight camera and 4-inch Retina display. It is also LTE capable and includes all of Apple's popular features like Siri and FaceTime.

iPhone 5s Launching September 20th Starting at $199

It's official. Both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will begin shipping on September 20, 2013. Apple announced the new handsets at its press event today in Cupertino, California. The iPhone 5s will cost $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model on a two year contract from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. T-Mobile customers can nab a contract free version of the new Apple phone for $549 (16GB) and $649 (32GB).

iPhone 5s

The 8GB iPhone 4s is now free on-contract and the iPhone 5c is $99 for the 16GB model, and $199 for the 32GB model. The iPhone 5 has been discontinued. The iPhone 5s will be available in black, silver and gold, and the iPhone 5c will be available in green, white, yellow, red and blue.

iPhone 5S Launch Confirmed by AT&T Blackout Dates

Even more evidence points to a September 20 release date for the Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C this fall. Not only has T-Mobile blacked out vacation dates for employees around this time, now BGR confirms AT&T has done the same. The second half of September will also be reserved for the iPhone, with no other high-profile devices seeing initial release.

ATT blackout iPhone 5S

This comes as no surprise, as AT&T has blacked out employee vacation dates around each iPhone launch since the very beginning in 2007. Back then, the carrier had an exclusive deal with Apple to offer the iPhone stateside. Apple's next generation iPhone media event is widely expected to occur on September 10. Additional reports have confirmed a September 20 release date in Japan and other countries outside of the US.

Upgrade Your iPhone Every 12 Months with AT&T

The announcement of T-Mobile's Jump device upgrade program has made some waves in the wireless market. Now AT&T has launched Next, which promises to allow smartphone and tablet owners to get an annual upgrade. For the most part, iPhones are now subsidized by AT&T in exchange for a two-year contract.

ATT next device upgrade

The subscriber pays $200 up front for the 16 GB iPhone 5, contributing to the purchase price. When it's time to upgrade, the old device is owned by the customer and the process starts all over again. AT&T Next operates differently. Participants in the program will pay monthly installments to cover the cost of the phone. There is no down payment at the beginning of service.

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