AT&T eradicates the Unlimited Data Plan

AT&T announced Wednesday that it will establish offering metered data plans for mobile device users rather than a $30 all-you-can-use monthly plan. For people who utilize less than 200 megabytes of data a month, the price of the new plan is effectively cut in half.

AT&T said in a press release that 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers utilize less than 200 MB of data per month on average. If DataPlus users go over the allotted 200 megabytes in a single month they will have the option to purchase an extra 200 megabytes for another $15.

Although the $30-a-month unlimited data plan will be eradicated, existing AT&T customers will have the option to be grandfathered in to their existing monthly charge.

IPad users will be affected by the service changes also. AT&T said that new iPad customers will have the choice to purchase a $25 monthly plan for access to 2 gigabytes of data. This will replace the $29.99 unlimited access option at present offered for the iPad.

The service changes will go into effect on June 7 with the predictable release of the iPhone’s new operating system, iPhone OS4.