AT&T Mobility unveils no-contract pay-as-you-go data plan with new 3G portables
September 21, 2010 Leave a comment
AT&T’s mobility, the new DataConnect Pass was launched with its first options for prepaid data yesterday. The plan gives those with built-in 3G in a notebook the option of paying for just a short stint of data without having to commit to a contract. Its rates carry a premium for the freedom at $15 for 100MB of data over the course of a day, $30 for a week pass with 300MB of data and a full month with 1GB for $50.
It’s unknown if or when prepaid data will be available for stand-alone modems; it already exists for the iPad.
The new plans join the carrier’s contract offerings that provide 200 MB of data transmission for $35 per month or 5 GB for $60 per month.
Three portables are coming along with the new data options, all of which have existed before but normally without the added 3G. Acer leads the group with the launch of the TimelineX 1830; it uses just a 11.6-inch display but has an ultra-low voltage Core i3, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive to give it better performance than most netbooks. It costs $240 when tied to a two-year contract.
Acer also accommodates the lower end with the Aspire One 532h. The model is a basic netbook with a 10-inch display, a 1.66GHz Atom N450 and four hours of battery life. In exchange, AT&T prices it at $40 on contract and $450 without.
At the same level is a version of the Inspiron Mini 10. It primarily ups the 10-inch display’s resolution to 1280×720 while keeping specs very similar to that of the Acer netbook. Accordingly, it also costs $40 on a contract.
AT&T Mobility also unveiled its Quick Start service that provides technical support in helping customers set up, synchronize and customize their netbooks, smart phones, wireless modem cards or 3G Microcell devices. The ConnecTech Quick Start service is available for purchase in AT&T stores starting at $49.