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AT&T Introduces Three New Prepaid Data Plans For Customers Tapping IoT Market

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AT&T is introducing a trio of new prepaid data plans that are geared for small developers and businesses with plans to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT). The pricing ranges from $25, which offers a gigabyte of data that can be consumed over a year, plus 500 text messages, to $100 for 5 gigabytes of data good for a couple of years and 1,500 text messages. According to AT&T, this data can be used by a maximum of 1,000 devices connecting to the wireless carrier’s network.

As explained by Chris Penrose, the senior vice president of IoT Solutions at AT&T, the introduction of the new prepaid data plans will make it easier for developers and businesses to launch their IoT solution. And although at first the data is good for 1,000 devices, AT&T can help these customers scale their IoT offering beyond that initial scope, and then provide connectivity depending on how fast or how big those customers are expanding their business.

AT&T is looking to launch the new prepaid data plans before the end of this month. Some may remember that back in July earlier this year, the wireless carrier also launched a $99 starter kit aimed at helping developers with their IoT projects. That starter kit was designed to allow customers to make full use of available technologies not only from AT&T but also from IBM in building their IoT solution.

Apart from announcing three new prepaid data plans, AT&T has also revealed plans of deploying its LTE-M technology in the city of San Francisco, California next month. For those not familiar with LTE-M, it is a technology that connects devices like utility meters, vending machines, alarm systems, transportation fleets, industrial equipment, and healthcare gadgets. For its pilot launch of LTE-M in San Francisco, AT&T will be joined by Samsung, Pepsi, and Capstone Metering.

The company is targeting to complete the roll-out of its LTE-M tech across its LTE network some time in 2017. As claimed by AT&T, the LTE-M deployment should provide improved coverage for IoT devices underground and inside buildings, lengthen battery life up to a decade, and offer a price advantage over other similar existing tech.


Source: Fierce Wireless

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  1. I will just stick with traditional life.

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  2. I think Fierce Wireless did a booboo, and likewise here. IMO, the pricing is $25 for 1GB data, not per month. Likewise, $100 gets you 5GB, and not per month.

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  3. Next thing you know we'll have a connected toilet paper dispenser.

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    1. With Unlimited (*) TP! Until it runs out.

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    2. It already exist...

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  4. Can I use these plans on my iPhone?

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    1. Maybe, although I suspect AT&T will block them on phone IMEIs. We won't know until the plans are available and someone tries using them in an iPhone.

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    2. I'm not sure you'd want to use them in a phone. This is an M2M interface, so there is no voice capability.

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    3. Use a VOIP app and tie it into Apple CallKit. And/or just use FaceTime Audio. There's your voice capability.

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  5. All in a push to eventually connect people to each other without talking. Think thoughts, and it gets beamed via your implanted brain (cell network) chip to the other persons implanted brain chip. That's where this whole Iot thing is eventually headed. Ya know, sometimes I don't want to be connected!

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    1. The brain implants will be done at birth without parental consent :) .

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  6. IoT would make for a nice way to monitor a building which is un-occupied most of the year. Not very many plans out there which can match the value of one year for $25 on a nation wide system.

    Dale

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    1. This is useful for something that needs backhaul to the cloud (think credit card processing for vending machines). I'm pretty sure from a security standpoint you'd still want a local area network for in-building security devices, and you'd preferably want it to be a wired system so you can distribute power as well as data. From a retrofit standpoint, wireless may be easier than pulling new cable, but you probably wouldn't want to be using exclusively cloud interconnect unless there is no local processing of the data required.

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  7. exciting possibilities opening up with the "IoT" stuff. At the very same moment, however, very scary to think about the abuses which will become reality too. In particular, completely wireless very cheap surveillance cameras with direct feeds to the cloud (audio as well). These devices will become disposable cheap, tiny, easily hidden anywhere, and will be deployed EVERYWHERE! sigh...

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