AT&T lowers price of one and two line accounts, competitive with prepaid options

AT&T lowers price of one and two line accounts, competitive with prepaid options

Summary: AT&T dropped their single line price by $15 per month and the US wireless carrier competition continues. These lower prices come with LTE and more so they are starting to get very competitive with low-cost prepaid options.

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US wireless customers are seeing lots of benefits from T-Mobile’s aggressive and innovative programs, as most recently shown by AT&T today. Yesterday, T-Mobile offered double their free LTE data allotment and today we see AT&T lowering their prices for one and two smartphone line accounts.

AT&T lowers price of one and two line accounts, competitive with prepaid options
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While I have been with T-Mobile for over 10 years and have five phones with them for a very low price, I like to have a second individual account with another carrier for phone reviews. I have been considering a Verizon line, but $100 is a lot to swallow for a review phone. AT&T dropped their single line account, with 2 GB of data, $15 down to $65 per month. This rivals prepaid options, but gives you full LTE, good customer service, and relief from nasty notices if you need to exceed 2 GB in a month.

While the most successful smartphone launches roll out phones across all carriers, there are still exclusives on some phones. AT&T always seems to get the latest and greatest smartphones first so after we see the HTC One announcement I may go add an AT&T line.

One other thing I love about this new lower pricing strategy is that you can bring your own phone and sign up without a contract. Like T-Mobile, AT&T also offers unlimited talk and text, including text messaging from the US to countries around the world. You can add a tablet account for $10 per month too.

In addition to the $65 single line plan, you also add a second line for a total of $90 per month with 2 GB of data shared between the accounts. These new plans come with 50GB of cloud storage too.

You can sign up for one of these new plans starting tomorrow, 9 March.

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  • Maybe this will be a harbinger of more competition.

    The big carriers have been raking users over the coals for quite some time. It is
    refreshing to see a little lowering of monthly rates...shucks, I might even consider
    a smartphone one of these days!
    wizard57m-cnet
  • Very sad to think $65/month is a good deal from a carrier

    $30 for unlimited 500min, unlimited txt, and, unlimited data + tethering is right about where fair is. $25/line for any more than one.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Disagree

      I've had a cell phone now for over a decade and had smart phone for 3 years. I've had TMobile and Sprint. I think $30/mo for 500 min, unlimited text, unlimited data+tethering is hardly fair and I don't even have much money to spend. I think that price is ridiculous. Sure, it would be nice if I could have a brand new BMW Z4 for $15k as well, unfortunately that's just not a reality.

      Currently I spend $60/mo for unlimited talk/text/data. I also get free unlimited roaming overseas and I know I'm getting a deal. There isn't anyone out there who can give me a better overall service than TMobile at the moment and that's including local coverage as well as customer support.
      Maha888
  • Never back to ATT

    I will never go back to ATT. I was paying $120 for just one phone(not unlimited), With T-mobile I almost got 3 lines for the same price with unlimited internet. The only reason ATT is lowering their prices is because of T-Mobile. ATT will knife you in the back, as soon as they can.
    ilovepie
  • does anybody trust att anymore ?? if so, why?

    at&t always has a trick up its sleeve. whatever so-called deals they are offering now are only temporary and they will make back (and more) whatever the deal cost them.

    for att, it is all a big game of bait and switch, nickel and diming, shake you down by the cuffs of your pants, et al., and use the undermining of your credit as black mail.
    databaseben
  • agree with the general sentiment

    Hardly a great deal..T-Mo has been offering unlimited with 2.5GB for $50, for a long time.

    Besides those who must have a subsidized phone, prepaid makes the most sense. Forget the latest and greatest phone, you can have a great one for ~$200 such as the Nexus 4 and hook it up on a T-Mo or AT&T prepaid reseller.

    I use this index for prepaid carriers and plans, organized by network. www.allprepaidplans.com
    Peter Tester