AT&T has issued a press release stating that customers can keep their current unlimited data plans when upgrading to the iPhone 5.
According to AT&T’s CEO:
“We are thrilled to offer iPhone 5 on the nation’s largest 4G network. We’ve worked with Apple since the original in 2007 and this is hands-down their best phone yet,” said Ralph de la Vega, president & CEO, AT&T Mobility. “We offer customers the flexibility to keep the iPhone data plans they already have or choose any of our individual or new Mobile Share plans. We’re proud that more customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier and look forward to making iPhone 5 the newest addition to our lineup.”
If you’re on AT&T’s network and were concerned about the future of your unlimited data plan, you can sleep a little better tonight.
This is great news, but it’s important to note your plan isn’t truly unlimited. When you hit the new 5GB limit, AT&T will throttle your 4G LTE speed for the remainder of your billing cycle. Prior to these changes, customers were throttled after 3GB of data usage.
The bad news is, if you decide to keep your current unlimited data plan with AT&T, you won’t be able to take advantage of FaceTime over Cellular in iOS 6. The native iOS 6 feature will only be available with AT&T’s new Mobile Share plans.