AT&T finally drops overage charges with new data plans

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Get ready to be throttled.
Get ready to be throttled.
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AT&T customers soon won’t have to worry about going over their monthly data limit, thanks to a new set of plans the carrier is rolling out nationwide later this month.

Instead of cutting your data off once you go over, the new Mobile Share Advantage plans simply throttle your speeds down to a maximum of 128 kbps, making the carrier more competitive with the likes of T-Mobile.

The new plans will be available starting August 21st and in some cases they’re just as cheap as your current data plan. Customers currently on the Mobile Share Value 5GB plan can now get an extra gigabyte of data by switching to the new Mobile Share Advantage 6GB plan at the same price.

The only downside to the new plans is even if you’re using an unlocked iPhone that you paid full price for, AT&T is still going to charge customers a $20 “access charge” per smartphone.

Here are the other plan prices:

AT&T data plans

If you need even more data, AT&T also offers 40GB, 50GB, 60GB, 80GB and 100GB Mobile Share Advantage plans. Businesses can get up to 200GB per month with up to 25 lines.