Nobody Should Sign Up for AT&T’s 5gb Data Plan
It has been quite a while since AT&T stopped offering their unlimited data plan, and changed over to a tiered data offering. What is a bit odd, is the offerings they chose to move to. Currently, AT&T has 3 data packages a customer can choose from. There is a 300mb plan for $20/month, 3gb for $30/month, and 5gb for $50/month. Obviously, for anyone who uses data regularly, the 300mb plan is a horrible option. To put it in perspective, when I set my new phone up, I used 500mb of data just from my previously installed apps downloading themselves to the new phone. As for the other two plans, the 3gb doesn’t seem too bad, but the 5gb plan just flat out make no sense at all. With the way AT&T priced the 5gb data plan, it benefits nobody but AT&T. The 3gb data plan has an overage of $10 per gb, and so does the 5gb plan. In other words, if I’m on the 3gb plan and I use 5gb of data that month, it’s going to cost me an additional $20. This comes out to a total of $50, the same amount as the 5gb plan. So that begs the question, what’s the point of me signing up for the 5gb plan? At least if I sign up for the 3gb plan, and use less than 5gb of data, it still comes out cheaper than if I were on the 5gb plan. If I’m on the 5gb plan and I use 4gb of data, I still have to pay $50 for that month, whereas if I were on the 3gb plan and used 4gb, I’d be paying $40. AT&T’s 5gb plan makes no sense at all. It’s better for anyone on AT&T to sign up for the 3gb plan and not give another thought to the 5gb. The 3gb will cost you the same as the 5gb if you use 5gb or more, but it is cheaper for you if you use less than 5gb.