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AT&T revamps data plans for iPhone. So what's changed?

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(Read caption) The carrier has rolled out a new data plan for the iPhone. Is it right for you? Depends on how you feel about tethering.

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If you're an iPhone owner, perhaps you've heard the news: AT&T, the much-maligned carrier for Apple's top-selling smart phone, has rejiggered the pricing and structure of its 3G data plans. So what's changed? Well, for one, AT&T has eliminated its "unlimited" data plan, and replaced it with a tiered data plan, starting with DataPlus, which gives you 200MB of data a month for $15.

For folks who don't download a lot of large attachments – or aren't constantly browsing the Web – the DataPlus plan will likely be a hit. And according to AT&T, that's a lot of users: The carrier says that 65 percent of its smart phone customers sip less than 200MB a month. On the off chance that you purchase the DataPlus plan and go over the limit, you can tack on an extra 200MB for another 15 bucks.

The next step up the rung is the DataPro plan. At this price point – $25 a month – you get 2GB a data. We're guessing that most people don't regularly download 2GB to their iPhones, but if for some reason you want to download some majorly heavy stuff, you can purchase additional data, at $10 per GB. (AT&T says 98 percent of their smart phone customers don't go over 2GB a month.)


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