AT&T’s Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free

att-and-apple-and-behondAs much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the various press around the world and that rumours are false. While that is good news to AT&T customers, there is no proof that they company will not charge something for the service.

I am not about to take down my AT&T evil smiley (one that took me about 4 hours to create using my hi-tech Wacom tablet), because the telecom giant are too sneaky for their own good and this ploy to re-direct fire away from their tarnishing PR image is just too timely.

On the same page, they update information about upgrade pricing and when customers are eligible with what hardware. To their credit, the iPhone 3GS’ early release has forced AT&T to extend upgrade eligibility to include customers who are eligible in July, August or September and grant them acces from 18 June.

You can take a look at AT&T’s Facebook page yourself or trust that my copy and paste skills are up to par.

TETHERING

There are a lot of reports out there, but wanted you guys to know that rumors of $55 tethering plan on top of an unlimited data plan are false. We’ll have more news to share when the iPhone tethering option is closer to launch.

PRICING

Some customers have had questions about our plans and policies for iPhone 3G S, and we’d like to provide you with answers. We’d also like to announce a change to the date when some iPhone customers are eligible for our best upgrade pricing to iPhone 3G S.

Importantly, we want our customers to better understand our wireless device upgrade program. Like most U.S. carriers, we offer a variety of phones that we sell below our actual cost when customers agree to sign service agreements. In general, the more a customer spends with us, the quicker they become eligible for a price break on a new device. For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.

We also currently offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.

All of that said, we’ve been listening to our customers. And since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we’re extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time.

We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.

If you’re one of the many customers who will benefit from this change, please note that our upgrade eligibility website will reflect this change on Thursday, June 18.

We invite you to come to our stores beginning Friday during normal store hours, although please be aware that customer demand may exceed supply in some of our stores. You may also preorder online on June 18 at www.att.com/iphone, and your iPhone 3G S will arrive in 7 – 14 days. Or you can purchase iPhone 3G S at Apple’s retail and online stores, as well as at other popular retailers.

If you’re one of the customers who benefits from this change, and you’ve already preordered from an AT&T store, we’ll adjust the price of the device when you pick up your device. If you benefit from the change and you pre-ordered from AT&T online, we’ll send you an e-mail and issue you a credit.

If you pre-ordered an iPhone 3G S through Apple’s online store, your upgrade eligibility will be reassessed based on AT&T’s new upgrade policy for iPhone 3G owners. If you are eligible for the lower price, Apple will issue you a credit for the difference as applicable.

So, what if you still aren’t upgrade eligible and you want iPhone 3G S now? You have options:

You may qualify for the iPhone 3G S early upgrade price of $399 (16GB) or $499 (32GB).
You can pay full retail—and not have to sign a 2-year contract—at $599 (16GB) or $699 (32GB).
You can wait until you’re eligible for our best upgrade pricing. We invite you to check your upgrade eligibility by visiting www.att.com/iphone, calling *NEW# (*639#) on your AT&T device (we’ll send you a text with upgrade information), or visiting any of our over 2,200 stores.
If you want more details on our pricing and upgrade policy, check out our FAQs here:www.att.com/iphone_news. And as always, you may visit one of our stores to talk with a representative.

IN SUMMARY

We’ve listened to our customers — and hope our response helps answer some of your questions and concerns.

We are incredibly proud to be the U.S. carrier for the new iPhone 3G S and will work around the clock to be ready on June 19 to serve customers who are interested in the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.

If you would like to read more about AT&T, please look below:
AT&T Hate their Customers: 55$ Tethering Plan in July – AT&T say No go to GoPhone Plans — Will Apple Change Carriers in 2010?

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