Will AT&T 4G plans be tiered for data and speed? [RUMOR]

January 21, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



That’s the way things seem according to a document sent to BGR. It’s important to note that this is not confirmed and should be treated as a rumor until AT&T officially introduces LTE plans, but the document reportedly tips AT&T’s plans for introducing 4G LTE to customers.

Under this proposal, AT&T customers could choose packages of varying speeds and download limits. For example, John could pay $30 a month for a basic package of 7 Mbps download speeds and 3 gigs of data per month, or he could opt for the premium $40 a month plan that offers 10 Mbps and 5 gigs of data. (These are numbers suggested by me only to illustrate tiered pricing examples, not anything that is part of AT&T’s plans.)

AT&T will also give customers the option to purchase “Top Up” or “Speed Up” sessions that would increase their plans for the billing cycle. So the next time you are traveling and know your data usage will increase, you can pay a one-time fee to get faster speeds and a higher ceiling for your downloads.

It’s no surprise that AT&T is introducing tiered data caps since the company already does that on its 3G plans, but this is the first sign that the carrier would also cap data speeds according to the user-selected plan. AT&T will soon begin rolling out its 4G network built on Long-Term Evolution (LTE), and – according to the document – will perform trials with its Premier Platform customers until February 20. Market trials would begin in May.