Seriously, talk about taking a step backwards:
AT&T Inc. is abandoning unlimited-pricing plans for new wireless subscribers to email and Internet services on smartphones.
The plan will be replaced by new offerings costing $15 an month for 200 megabytes of data traffic or $25 a month for 2 gigabytes.
The 200MB plan takes AT&T to New Zealand-style pricing.
New Zealand data rates (on Prepay, they’re lower on Account) are:
- Vodafone: $20 for 200MB on Prepay (billed at $10 per 100MB)
- 2degrees: $24 for 200MB on Prepay (billed at $6 per 50MB)
- XT: Not really comparable because it’s billed differently, but then again..does anyone still care about this network?… FYI: you can buy a 500MB data pack for $30, or $1/10MB/day
And US$15 is NZ$24.
AT&T customers still come out on top with the 2GB AT&T plan for US$25(NZ$32). That works out to NZ$0.016/MB, and NZ’s operators charge an equivalent MB rate almost seven times that amount!