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AT&T Announces New Mobile Broadband Plans and $99.99 LTE Mobile Hotspot

Today, AT&T announced a couple of new prepaid mobile broadband plans and a new GoPhone branded LTE mobile hotspot. The new plans are :
  • 250 MB of data for $15 a week
  • 5 GB of data for $50 a month
These new plans are a big improvement over AT&T's current mobile broadband plans:
  • 100 MB for $15 a day
  • 300 MB for $30 a week
  • 1 GB for $50 a month
The new hotspot is called the AT&T Unite and is a rebranded Netgear device. It will be available for $99.99 starting Nov. 12 at Walmart stores. It's not clear from AT&T's announcement if the hotspot and plans will be a Walmart exclusive. Hopefully the plans at least will be available for other devices.

Update 11/21/2013: The hotspot is  apparently is an in-store Walmart exclusive. The device and plans are now listed on the AT&T Website, but there is no option to purchase the device online from AT&T. It doesn't seem to be available from walmart.com either. 

The AT&T Unite's specs are listed as:
  • Able to connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5 and 17 and  GSM 2G and 3G on 850 and 1900 Mhz
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB connectivity transfer data though USB cable
  • Receive only SMS capability
  • 2.4-inch 240x320 resistive touchscreen display
  • Up to 10 hours of in use battery life, 10 days of standby
  • Ability to manage connected devices, change network and device settings and block unwanted devices from joining the network.
  • Dimensions: 4.32x2.72x0.6 inches
  • Weight 4.2 ounces

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  1. Oh nice. I bought the Unite full-price a month ago to use on the prepaid at&t mobile broadband plans. If I didn't need it then, I could have saved myself $50 ($149.99 was the off-contract price). I've been pretty happy with the Unite - simple, but works well.

    Nice that the $50/month plan got it's data bumped up to 5gb.

  2. What's the range like on these mobile hotspots? Do you have to be right next to them, or can you be 20-30 feet away and get a good signal?

    1. I don't know about this particular model but mobile hotspots typically have a range of between 30 and 100 feet.

    2. The Unite doesn't have the best range. I think around 20 feet is a good safe estimate (I personally don't know since whenever I used the hotspot, I had it clipped onto my belt in a holster case). But, the thing has ports to add two external antennas though to give you better range.

  3. Can you purchase more data if needed?

    1. If it works like AT&T's current mobile broadband plans, if you run out of data you just buy another week or month session.

  4. This is a lot more competitive. Glad I returned the vzw hotspot yesterday!

  5. I think some interesting things are happening in the mobile broadband sector. I'm grandfathered under Virgin Mobile's old 55.00 per month 5GB of 3G and Unlimited 4G so I won't be jumping ship unless something awfully tempting is offered. Of course, Virgin's coverage leaves a lot to be desired but I have service everywhere that I typically go so I'm mostly okay. I would be curious to see what will be happening with T-Mobile/MetroPCS as I currently use Metro's 60.00 Unlimited plan for cellular service. I'm wondering if T-Mobile will make a play to capture the mobile broadband folks.

  6. Getting tired of At&t. Remember 10 plus years ago wen AOL internet was number 1? And dial up internet was the rage? Well this is almost 2014 wake up At&t no reason for major parts of a major city ( Houston,Texas I live in) to only get DSL home internet for max speeds of 1.5mbps. Don't get me wrong you can stream ok shows on the internet but depending on how long it is or this or that it will slow down or buffer or you have to pause and go and pause and go it gets annoying. I live on the northeast side of Houston and most of these people probably have same DSL which slows it down even more at peak times.

    No wonder Comcast keeps sending me offers in the mail and special offers on the phone for their internet. At&t charges 19.99 for DSL max speeds up to 1.5mbps. Comcast offering a deal of 24.99 for 6mbps so that's 4 times faster for only 5 more dollars. The person I live with agrees that the speeds are too slow and that switching would be a better deal.

    However, the problem is it is sbcglobal from At&t internet and they don't want to lose that screename email account attached to the internet service so only reason we still with them is because of that. Next alternative is to pay for both which is stupid, since they paying for it I am stuck for now but I am trying to get them to forward contacts from that email and just use another email. At&t said at this time it ain't a way for her to keep her email if she switch; they also said they have no plans to increase internet speed in this area soon. My point is there is a lot of people in this area and a lot of illegals from Mexico. At&t needs to hurry up an increase internet speeds or Comcast will steal a lot of these DSL customers.

  7. So the new mobile broadband GoPhone plans are live. Interesting since the old prepaid dataconnect plans and rates still exist (I activated my Unite hotspot on one back in Sept.).

    I presume I can get a new sim card and activate my hotspot on the new GoPhone hotspot plan. I also wonder if there if any expiry time limit on the new GoPhone plan. Two months of inactivity and my current prepaid DataConnect account is still active and I can top up if I need.

    1. Are you sure the new plans are live? I only see the old $50 for 1GB etc. plans on the AT&T and Walmart sites. Do you have a link (other than last week's press release) to a page that lists them? Thanks.

    2. In the press release it gives a link that is active - att.com/gomobiledata so I thought the plans are ready to go.

      Yea, it's quite strange you can't get to it normally browsing the att website. Looks like the gophone mobile broadband has a two-month inactivity limit (dunno if the old prepaid dataconnect does or not).

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