AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

Summary: AT&T has dropped a major gift in to the laps of its customers today: free unlimited calling to any mobile number.

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AT&T has dropped a major gift in to the laps of its customers today: unlimited free calling to any mobile number.

Of course, there are a few catches. The numbers do have to be based in the United States, but it doesn't matter which wireless network you're calling. Also, Mobile to Any Mobile will be available to "new and existing AT&T customers with a qualifying voice plan who subscribe to unlimited messaging plans." That's $20 per month for individual unlimited messaging and $30 per month for a FamilyTalk Plan.

All of this gets started tomorrow, February 10. It's not going to be as big as Verizon's big day with the iPhone 4 official launch, but it's still something.

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  • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

    Thats sweet.
    Ram U
    • Just as everyone moves to data - they push voice...

      @Rama.NET It's an empty gesture. As usual, AT&T is behind the curve. Ninety-five percent of my mobile communication is now data-based and they finally make voice more useful. *yawn* Nobody cares about voice anymore. It's not like I ever exceeded my small minutes plan before this announcement.

      If they announced they were removing data caps, that would be worth applauding. This is just sad.
      BillDem
      • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @BillDem
        95%?

        Nonsense, you made that number up, 80% of cell phone users don't even have a data plan
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @BillDem You do not describe my situation at all. This is GREAT news to me. I have 2 phones with AT&T right now, and 5 phones with Verizon. I was considering switching completely over to Verizon now that they have the iPhone, but this new plan made me change my mind and switch from Verizon over to AT&T.

        How is it possible that 95% of your mobile communication is data? If I could drop the data plan on my iPhones, I would. I have their smallest data package and still only used about 17MB's last month of the 400 MB's total allowed in the data package for both phones.
        Bestware
      • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @BillDem Just because no one wants to talk to you doesn't mean that this isn't good news for the rest of the world. Other carriers will eventually follow suit.
        DimBulb
      • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @BillDem Gotta agree with you Bill. I'm sure voice benefits some, but the obvious future in cellphones is data. They'd be better off focusing on the future rather than the past.
        ejhonda
    • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

      @Rama.NET they are just copying Sprint.
      Jimster480
    • RE: AT&T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

      @Rama.NET This post is not entirely accurate. I just got off the phone with AT&T and you have to call and Opt-In to the unlimited mobile to any mobile. AT&T is not dropping a gift in existing users accounts. In addition, you must have unlimited texting in your plan. AT&T will change your existing unlimited texting to Unlimited Texting & Mobile to Any Mobile. If you don't have unlimited texting you will have to upgrade your texting plan to be eligible.
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  • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

    Oh Boy!! More numbers I cant connect to because the network is over subscribed!!
    csiebert@...
    • Depends on . . .

      @csiebert@...

      Where you live. I have no problems and never had any. (I've been AT&T and it's predecessors since 1996).
      JLHenry
      • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @JLHenry

        Me too about the same time frame. Every wireless carrier has bad markets and areas. Just another person spreading the AT&T hatred that was fueled by the rise of the iPhone bandwidth hog. Heck even Verizon admits that and is throttling iPhones network usage.
        bobiroc
      • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @JLHenry - the only time I had dropped calls on AT&T was when I had an iPhone (3GS). Prior to that I had a Tilt, Fuze, and after the 3GS I bought a little Nokia and later a Captivate. Stigma has hurt AT&T more than it deserved to have been, and like bobiroc said, Verizon has already made plans on throttling iPhones. Add that on top of lack of simultaneous data + voice and a lot of migrant customers might not be so happy long-term.
        HypnoToad72
      • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @HypnoToad72

        [i]"Add that on top of lack of simultaneous data + voice and a lot of migrant customers might not be so happy long-term. [/i]

        Its funny you mentiont that. I know two people that already have their Verizon iPhones that did not know this. They assumed they could do it and it was an iPhone feature not a limitation of the Verizon Network. It's their own fault though because it is not like that information was hidden.

        Also like you said the only time I had trouble with dropped calls was with my iPhone 3G. It got a little better with every iOS update and now that my wife has it running iOS 4.x it seems to be pretty good. People were very quick to slam AT&T because the popularity of the iPhone and it's flaws were directed towards AT&T for the most part. Now the only time I drop calls is when I pass this school on my way to work for some reason but I am told people with other cell carriers drop there too so I think something is causing interference or it is just a dead zone. Some local mini bermuda triangle type thing.
        bobiroc
      • I akI have never problems, either! I am with them since 1997.

        @JLHenry
        lalicea@...
      • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

        @JLHenry - I second that motion. I've been with AT&T, Cingular and Pacific Bell Wireless since 1999. I wouldn't have it any other way.

        Since September 2010, I've been getting 3-6Mbps down and 1.2-1.4Mbps up. That's what Verizon's and Sprint's "4G" devices get. :D
        CrunchDude
    • No AT&amp;T network problems here either!

      @csiebert@...
      My brother dropped Verizon because he couldn't consistently get data or voice traveling through the U.S.
      kd5auq
    • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

      @csiebert@... I agree, it does depend on where you spend your time. We switched to the ATT GSM iPhome, primarily for international service. The Verizon CDMA phone wil not work in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, which support GSM. We actually have better service in our local area with ATT compared to Verizon.
      linux-user
  • RE: AT&amp;T launches unlimited calling to any mobile number

    Sprint has been doing this for months. Hopefully more providers follow suit. There are enough cell customers to justify better service and a lower price.
    rkwitte@...