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AT&T axes unlimited data, unveils tethering price

AT&T announced new data plans for mobile internet and smartphone tethering. While the company claims the new plans will make “mobile internet more affordable to more people,” there’s also a glaring downside to the new pricing: no unlimited data plan for iPad customers.

It’s been a little over four months since the initial data plans for the iPad were announced, and slightly more than a month since the 3G iPad’s been available.It probably has something to do with the more than 2 million iPads sold to date, and the iPhone’s increasing global share. This is most likely overwhelming an already-stressed data network, even though AT&T insisted that they could handle it.

Currently unlimited data plans for existing iPhone and iPad customers are still in effect. However, once contract renewals come up, don’t be surprised if you have to wave bye-bye to unlimited data. The press release did not say if the $20 tethering option would be available to those who decide to keep their unlimited data for now, but MacRumors believes tethering won’t be available unless you’re on the 2 GB “DataPro” plan. Unfortunately, they’re probably right.

The new data plans take effect June 7.

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