AT&T brings back unlimited data plans, if you also have DirecTV or U-Verse

AT&T is once again going to offer an unlimited data plan, but only if you are also a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber. Most U.S. carriers have moved away from offering unlimited data plans and towards data buckets for families, but AT&T is going backwards here and will begin offering the new plan, but it obviously comes with a catch. You won't be able to just sign up for AT&T or change your current plan to the new unlimited plan without subscribing to either DirecTV or U-Verse.

If you happen to be a U-Verse or DirecTV subscriber with AT&T as your mobile provider of choice, you'll be able to sign up for the new plan for $100 a month for a single line, and $40 more for each additional line you add. Should either of the providers be your television choice, but AT&T not your mobile carrier, AT&T is offering those who switch $500 in credits with an eligible trade-in. During this limited time promotion, the carrier will also be offering the fourth line for free each month, meaning you can have four lines with unlimited data for $180 a month, should you meet the requirements here.

Source: AT&T (opens in new tab)

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
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  • If you have 4 lines that would be a good deal. If only one line it is kind if pricey. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Eh, before taxes, my unlimited plan with T-Mo is $80/mo. Getting unlimited data on a network with MUCH better data coverage for an extra $20 isn't unreasonable. Screw this bundling garbage, though.
  • One thing I haven't been able to figure out with the articles on different sites is: is it $100 total (minus taxes/fees), or is the data portion $100, plus an extra $30 or so for calling/texting?
  • When carriers put out numbers like that they are almost always talking about data only. Those pretty numbers get you in the door (or on the phone), then they mention the line charge (calling texting) and of course taxes and fees.
  • Its $100 plus tax. The data portion is $60/month Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint... = $30 talk and text, = $30 unlimited data. Add taxes and fees = about $80 bucks. Note 4 {Sprint 5.1.1}, with nothing enticing to upgrade too.
  • That's a great value, but where I live, T-Mo is much, much better than Sprint. Posted via the Android Central App
  • An extra $20...... plus whatever DirecTV will cost you a month. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh, without a doubt. I think I expressed my distaste for bundling stuff like this in a previous comment. I have no problem with companies offering discounts for bundling their services together, but only offering a specific plan type to customers who are also paying $100+ a month for an unrelated service is obnoxious.
  • So $100 is pricey? What about T-mobile's $95 single plan with vastly less coverage?
  • Not vastly less
  • Coverage is a dependent on where you are. I live in Los Angelse, T-Mobile works fine where I go. If you don't get coverage with a particular carrier, then your choices get limited.
  • 4 Lines would cost $220 for the DATA ONLY... so a voice plan... maybe another $150 to bring it up to $370. Plus you have to factor in the cost of U-Verse or DirectTV. Assuming you're not a current customer... perhaps another $75-150 per month, not including installation or equipment rentals.
  • If you have 4 lines its $220 for unlimited talk, text, and data after the $40 credit is issued for the 4th line it will be $180 month plus tax. Plus monthly installment cost on your phones.
  • You got a link? As mentioned, this definitely sounds like data-only prices. I'm a current att user and this information is not showing up on myATT app Posted via the Android Central App
  • When you click the source link it says at the top o f the ATT page talk text and data for 4 lines for $180 before taxes
  • Fourth line is free. So $100+40(3)-40=180
  • You also have to factor in the monthly next plan if your phone isn't already paid off Posted via the Android Central App
  • You do realize that at the bottom of at&ts page that at&ts states that data beyond 22gigs is subject to possible lower speeds. This doesnt say whether its per line line or as a group. Plus you will have to consider the contract for directTV. they say 20 per month for 12 months but ur stuck in a 24 month contract. Considering the possible weight of both packages and the possibility of lte slowdowns, the unlimited package is a bit too steep for me Posted via the Android Central App
  • I never come close to going over the 15gb with rollover.. I feel like I already have unlimited. Posted via Nexus 5
  • I'm with you on this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same for me I was lucky and got the promo for the 30 for the price of 15. 30 gigs with rollover for 2 phones and 2 tablets is more than enough. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This^ I got rid of satellite and cable just have fast internet and streaming services I'm saving ridiculous amounts of money per year so this isn't worth it for me specially since I'm getting 30 gigs of data per month for the price of 15 Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • The carriers must love you, they were successful :P
  • I have 5 GB and rollover data and never come close to using all my data (on wifi at work and home every day). This is overkill for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I rarely go past 3gb even if I try. I don't understand how some people go past 50gb. Wi-Fi is your friend. Google Nexus 6P
  • I travel a lot. LTE is faster and more reliable than hotel and airport wifi, always. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm on AT&T and my data speeds give new meaning to slow. Sometimes when I try to use a coupon from my phone or bring up a webpage... seems to take forever just for the page to load. I think AT&T just has awful coverage out here in Los Angeles.
  • Oh god, they do. I used to have AT&T, and I was really happy with my service. Great coverage, good speeds... except when I went to LA for work. I had full bars of LTE most of the time I was there, but my connection speed was in the low HSPA range the entire time, and I remember a bunch of dropped calls, too.
  • There probably tons and tons of customers. They would probably need to put more towers out or upgrade them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's exactly why... those "heavy hitters" don't have or use home Wifi... and use "ginormous" amounts of data streaming video or downloading files.
  • Exactly. I use 15-20GB most months, and that's almost entirely streaming Netflix and Hulu. I have home wifi, but I'm only home two or three days a week, usually.
  • Netflix burns through data like gasoline to a fire Posted via the Android Central App
  • This Posted via Sony Xperia Z5
  • Agree, I got in on the double your data deal when they offered it and my data came in at 30GB now. With the roll over I sit at 50GB nearly every month. Its WAY more of a value for me and as much of unlimited as I need.
  • Are they still throttling that after a specific amount of data?
  • They could throttle after 22 GB or something like that. Posted via my Nexus 6P!
  • You know they are...
  • Lol why even ask :p Posted via the Android Central App
  • Htowngator, even if they did......its still unlimited data. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've had that throttling situation before and it's crippling as far as phone data use. I went from good LTE speeds to barely eeking out 1mb if I was lucky. I'd rather have to pay for it and stay at a higher speed as opposed to crawling along.
  • @htowngator - They can only do it once you pass 22 GB and when the area you're in is congested. After the congestion is gone they must un-throttle you. I know what you mean as in before .. They throttled 100% of the time once you passed an amount. This isn't the case anymore. Only in times of peak congestion + you're over 22 GB can they do it. My buddy used to get 0.3 Mbps after 5 GB of data but now is using 30-40 GB of data a month since they can't do the throttle during the non-peak times anymore.
  • Have you seen atts hspa equipment? Gross lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sadly if you look at their T&C they are doing BOTH & NO SMHS. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you read the details of the new plan, after 22GB them "may" restrict speeds. Fo me "Unlimited" means, unlimited data AND unlimited speeds(up to the capabilities of the network of course). But I know that will never happen.. "After 22GB of data usage on a line in a bill cycle, for the remainder of the bill cycle AT&T may slow data speeds on that line during periods of network congestion. - See more at: http://about.att.com/story/unlimited_plan_for_wireless_and_directv_subsc...
  • It's still unlimited data, not unlimited download speed. There is a difference between the two Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's very similar to T-Mobile. I think it's 25 gb then you aren't prioritized if the network gets busy or something. I've used...much...much more GB a month on T-Mobile now and I'm never throttled. I just my 14 GB tethering fast but that's the only thing that's throttled. I'm more curious if this means unlimited tethering with AT&T but I doubt it. Still very big deal that AT&T is bringing it back with a catch. If Verizon does the same then that's almost a complete resurgence of unlimited carriers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile does the same at 23GB.
  • No they don't. But it's similar so I can see why your say that:-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have uverse service. This is tempting but I wonder what would happen to the plan if I were to leave uverse. I also don't have a device I could just trade in. I bought my phone unlocked and could just put an AT&T sim in it and I'm good. This is definitely something to think about.
  • See if u can get the cheapest android phone, then take the sim and put in your unlocked phone and use the new cheap android as an MP3 player Posted via the Android Central App
  • Find out if AT&T will take any phone. I used $10 prepaid smart phones to Verizon. They didn't care what phone it was as long as it worked and the screen wasn't cracked. If they make you buy a phone, just get the cheapest phone and then switch SIM with your current phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • AT&T will take any AT&T branded smartphone or any GSM unlocked phone. If LTE is important to you, Bands 2/4/5/12/17/29/30 are important, if you want all connectivity options. AT&T Galaxy Note 3
  • If I'm coming from Sprint or Verizon then I wouldn't be able to give them a GSM phone. I may have to get a cheap prepaid phone.
  • Going on this- My Wifes company just last week switched from Verizon to ATT. They all gave in crappier phones that what they were using. All verizon branded; Note 2, iphone 5 etc. As long as it turns on and is not cracked they are good. They all kept their new note 4's and iphone 6's from the verizon plan, and now have note 5's and the iphone 6s
  • If your Verizon or Sprint phone is an LTE phone then it is also a GSM phone with GSM bands and can work on GSM networks if you have it unlocked. Do some research. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It says if you leave uverse you will be moved to the 10gb plan. Posted via the Android Central App
  • you also need to buy a phone on their NEXT plan, if you currently dont have service with them: If you are a new or existing DIRECTV or U-Verse TV subscriber but not an AT&T wireless subscriber, for a limited time, you can receive $500 in credits when you switch to the AT&T Unlimited Plan with an eligible trade-in, and buy a smartphone on AT&T NextSM - See more at: http://about.att.com/story/unlimited_plan_for_wireless_and_directv_subsc... and here is the fine print from that quote: 4 Offer ends 3/31/16 in Puerto Rico. Requires port-in, eligible TV service & AT&T Unlimited Plan. Get $300 bill credit (within 90 days) + $200 trade-in credit/promo card. Restrictions apply. - See more at: http://about.att.com/story/unlimited_plan_for_wireless_and_directv_subsc...
  • They will move you to a 10GB shared plan.
  • Question for the AC writers:
    Can you guys write up an article that shows which providers offer unlimited data and do a comparison of the different carrier's plans? The carriers here in the US are changing plans so much that it would be easier to keep up with this stuff if it were all in one place. I'm finally it of contract but have no idea where to even start. I don't want to lose my unlimited data plan but I feel like there's probably better plans out there that I don't know about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can tell you sprints pricing. 70$ for first line 60$ for every line after for unlimited. If I recall correctly they throttle after 60gb of data usage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • From the Sprint website
    T-Mobile also does the same.
    Quality of Service Practices (QoS): To help protect against the possibility that customers may occupy an unfair share of network resources, unlimited data plan customers who use more than 23GB of data during a billing cycle will be prioritized below other customers for the remainder of their billing cycle, in times and locations where the availability of network resources is constrained. Affected unlimited data plan customers may notice temporary changes in the performance of certain applications when they are on constrained sites as compared to other users especially if such affected users are engaged in data-intensive activities. Performance will return to normal when the cell site is no longer constrained or the customer moves to a non-constrained location. Affected unlimited customers will still be able to enjoy unlimited quantities of data without overage charges or data caps even if their usage exceeds the threshold for Sprint’s QoS practices. In addition, Sprint may adjust periodically the applicable threshold for Sprint’s QoS practices. See sprint.com/networkmanagement for additional details."
  • $140 for 2 lines unlimited is pretty good
    $180 for 4 is kinda a steal in this day an age.
    I currently pay $130 currently for 15GB
    I don't want U VERSE or DirectTV though.
    I hope VZW doesn't offer this for FIOS customers or I might be tempted to make the switch.
  • Doubt it. They are really trying to forget FIOS exists except where it already is. Posted via the Android Central App on my Droid Turbo
  • Correct. Its owner by Frontier now with the exception of the Mafia States, ie: New England. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sounds like AT&T is going to pull a T-Mobile and throttle data speeds when you hit 22GB of data. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • Yes but better coverage might be jumping on this just got a note 5 at Costco 30 days return policy Posted via the Android Central App
  • They always have.
  • Sprint does it too. I think they all do but only in congested areas.
    Like if you're in the middle of downtown at 6PM you might get throttled because so many people are on the networks
  • Link doesn't mention hotspot. IS that included or no?
  • No hotspot with this plan Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can I ask where you found this info? The att rep told me on chat that it was included.
  • http://about.att.com/content/dam/snr/2016/January%202016/UnlimitedDataPl... Read the Fine Print at the very bottom.
  • I have 15 gigs that they doubled last year for free. So 30 gigs with roll-over that my kids bump up against, but never go over. However, I am trying to figure out how this deal is so cheap. 4 lines at $180 with unlimited? Can that be right? I think I'm paying more than that now with 4 lines.
  • 4th line is free just right after going away from two year contract this would have been good Posted via the Android Central App
  • According to the press release: *$180: Price after $40 credit for 4th smartphone line. Credit starts in 2 bills. Pay $220/ month until credit starts.
  • according to their website, its $220 a month for the first 2 months, then you get a $40/credit per month, for the $180/mo. quoted. [quote]*$180: Price after $40 credit for 4th smartphone line. Credit starts in 2 bills. Pay $220/ month until credit starts. After 22GB of data usage on a line in a bill cycle, for the remainder of the bill cycle AT&T may slow data speeds on that line during periods of network congestion. Additional data and other restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimitedplan for details. - See more at: http://about.att.com/story/unlimited_plan_for_wireless_and_directv_subsc...
  • But you have to factor in phone pricing if its on next plan and insurance. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is data only and doesn't factor in your voice plan and the next plan on your phone if it isn't already paid off. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not terrible pricing if you have one of these services already. I have ATT for cell service but I definitely do not want Direct TV and their Uverse TV is not available in my area. ATT does offer internet service but it is only half as fast as Cox Cable internet. Guess I'll stick with my current setup...
  • I'm all over this as long as I can keep my 20% corp discount and the buy one get one promotion of the holidays still applies. My LG V10's are sweet. I figure that's $10.00 more a month for unlimited instead of 15GB shared.
  • You still keep the 20% discount and bogo offer. I work for at&t Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does the FAN discount still apply to the first line ($100) only?
  • I heard only the $60 data portion of it but ATT cant seem to clarify for me. I have called and chatted and they all seem clueless right now. Im sure it will take some time for the info to trickle down.
  • It probably is just on the $60. The family share plan was the same way.
  • Correct
  • @astarling10,
    My situation is the same.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • it kinda sucks that Cox has a stranglehold on our area. I mean their internet service is good but they are the only ones you can get fast speeds. Uverse tops out at 24Mbs at my house while with Cox I have 50 and could get faster if I wanted to pay the crazy price they want for it. 50 is plenty fast for all of our needs.
  • If you are only getting 24Mbps with ATT, its NOT uverse then. Uverse is the fiber side of things. You are talking about standard DSL, much different Posted via the Android Central App
  • AT&T calls it Uverse on the site even though it is standard DSL. Whatever they call it doesn't matter since it is still much slower than what I currently have. I also noticed that have a 250GB cap per month. Now I don't know if they actual charge overage but I wouldn't put it past them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah offer that now that I CANT GET A FREE PHONE. I missed the upgrade date due to illness in my family
  • There is no such thing as a free device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is really interesting and I need to consider it. Seems close to what I'm paying now for 4 lines... really close. But nice getting 30gb with no throttling. I'm curious if they throttle a single phone when it goes over 22gb? Or if the shared plan goes over 22gb? If it's the single line, I may jump on this. My kids will only kill themselves if they go over. ;)
  • The details say on that line, but still not really clarified.
  • I might have to take a look at this deal. I've been with Sprint for 14 years. One of the main I have stayed with Sprint is because of price and unlimited data. This is better than what I am paying and I am a Direct TV costumer already. This might work for me. Plus I am tired of CDMA phones. We are so limited on what we can use.
  • damn I do want a unlimited line with att and I do use u verse for internet. things that make you go hhhmmmm.
  • Me too, but that price is steep.
  • Is it ALSO going Throttled; that's their claim as to Why I'm being throttled NOW!!!??! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Throttled only through congested towers. But the data is still unlimited Posted via the Android Central App
  • No. They are doing BOTH. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got so excited when I saw the headline, because I already have AT&T and DirecTV but $100 is pretty steep. Current customers of both should get a discount :P
  • AGREE!!!!!!!!!!! Especially for the LOYAL ones that have been with them since Cingular!
  • Yes! I've been with AT&T since 2003. I want some damn discounts! Haha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Call them and get 10 dollars off a month for the directv at&t bundle. Only applies if you don't get an employee discount, though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What does this mean? “Pricing includes $60 per month plan charge plus per device access charge”.
  • The plan is advertised as being $100. That $100 equals $60 for the plan + $40 for the first phone.
  • So when you get your corporate discount it will be deducted from $60 or $100?
  • I'm guessing off of the $60. The current mobile share family plan discount is taken off of the plan, not the device charge.
  • ive got uverse and sprint with unlimited, but im still on the old framily set up, and ive still got 7 ppl around so im only paying 60 a month with my note 5. i wanna switch phone carriers but im using 35+ gbs a month so idk.
  • Just called AT&T to get the details. It seems now for 30GB shared data and 4 lines, I'm paying $130 plus $15 for each line, or $190. This would be $180 for the same number of lines, and each would get over 22GB before slowing down. Why wouldn't I do this deal, since I already have DirecTV? Seems too good to be true, and you know what they say about those kind of deals.
  • no hotspot apparently. that seems to be the only downside
  • Don't think I've ever used the hotspot, but my kids might for their tablets. Good to consider I guess.
  • AT&T hands you a glass of ice water in hell...only if you agree to the pitchfork in the ass and the hammer to the head bundle.
  • Amen to that! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unlimited....but you KNOW there's a catch besides the price...no thanks
  • HMMM....Just looking at MY monthly plan and I'm paying $146.98. I AM an ATT-Uverse customer, AND AT&T customer.
    I may look into this.
  • I'm on the 40gb plan for the price of 20gb shared between three phones and a tablet with a roll over that monthly roughly = to about 63ish GB. I pay 180ish a month (not including next month installment). Been 1 year without cable(directv). I think I'm ok. This is more than enough data for us. Getting a cable service would increase my bill. Because no matter what they offer, they are going to nickle and dime you, per cable box fee, cable access fee, HD access fee and all kinds of other bs just like they nickle and dime your cell phones. Soon whatever it was you thought was a good deal ends up draining your bank account. Remember these companies dont lose money. That make it.
    Read the details and do the math. Be carefull my friends. Protect your wallet. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm a Dtv customer with the 20Gb of data plan from Cricket... This isn't worth it to me because I'd end up spending an extra $50 a month. Cricket slows down after 20 Gb any way so I already have this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have directv service and att mobile Share plan for $160 for 4 lines sharing 20gbs. Get a $10 discount for directv service. So $150. New plan would end up being $170 for *unlimited data as discussed by others here. Basically I would go from 3.75 gbs per line for $150/month to 22gbs unthrottled per line for $170/month because 4th line is free after first 2 months on unlimited plan. It's tempting.
  • Upon further review, the lack of hotspot tethering is a deal breaker.
  • This deal is a no-go for me for one reason that no one has mentioned. U-verse internet has a 250Gb data cap. I think you pay 10 bucks for every 50 gigabytes you go over. I have Time Warner internet now and no cable so using Netflix and Hulu Plus. Monthly my household is using about 500 to 600 gigabytes! No can do with U-verse. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How is the ISP plan data cap related the wireless plan data? These are mutually exclusive, no?
  • From my understanding is that you MUST have some U-verse service in order to qualify for the unlimited plan on ATT mobile. What he's saying is that he has Time Warner which advertises to have a unlimited data at home. So if he switches to get the ATT offer his home data will go from Unlimited (on time warnder) to 250gb (on ATT). This is how I understand the ISP relates to the wireless data for him. He's losing one good thing for the other.
  • ATT is not enforcing the caps for uverse. http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2015/08/good-news-for-u-verse-cord-cutter... Posted via the Android Central App
  • So I'm seeing "select connected devices" for an additional $10, I'm wondering if that can include a Hotspot device (my parents have a place in the mountains and rely on AT&T + DirecTV for Internet and TV, I'm wondering if I can swing this so they have unlimited Internet) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Highly unlikely, but if you find out you can, let me know! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The throttling is why I'll pass on changing my plan Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's losing the hotspot to my tablet that makes it a deal breaker for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I went to a corporate AT&T store to find out more details about this deal. I asked specifically this question. If I have DirecTV and leave at a later date, what will happen? His response was this: Customers will be knocked down to the 15GB value shared plan at the same price of $100. The prices will follow the same structure as it is now along with the 4th line being free after the initial 2 months. They will give you a 2 months grace period to retain DirecTV service again to continue being on the unlimited data plan. It's beyond that 2 months that you will be switching plans. AT&T will be on checking for DirecTV services every 2 months or so. This person was very knowledgeable and seemed to have been trained really well on this new promo. I had no doubt what he was telling me was the truth. He even stated that this info wouldn't be in the fine print, it would be just something a customer will find out during the process. As much as I like DirecTV as my TV providers, I would like the would like the option of leaving at anytime and if it not effect my cell service as well. This NEW promo isn't really a big thing for me since I currently still have 2 grandfathered lines with unlimited data. It cost me roughly the same price so I'm not really gaining anything. I really wish they would bring back that double the data promo from last year. I see more VALUE in the Shared Value Plans since it would only cost $15 to add a smartphone. The current price for the Value Shared Plans now are top pricey for the data I need every month which is around 30-40gb and more once we add more lines in the future. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was considering moving from the 60GB Data with Rollover plan. Took advantage of the double the data promo a while back and only pay for a 30GB plan. The AT&T rep said no to any laptop aircard being able to access the unlimited data plan as he said it is considered a mobile hotspot device and would need a separate $50.00 5GB plan. Haha. The aircard uses about 30GB a month via a Cradle Point. My Chromecast and a PS3 are its main use for it. It currently has access to the 60GB plan and costs $20.00. I am not giving up the aircard so this is a no go option for me. Sent from my Galaxy Note 5.
  • Nice try, U-Verse. Posted via Sony Xperia Z5
  • It's a good deal if you don't need the hotspot, otherwise it is a deal breaker. I've got 4 lines with AT&T sharing the 40GB plan. Don't think I've used the hotspot yet might look into it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • same with me as i don't use the hotspot / tethering either. For me it dropped my bill for 2 lines about $60 bucks.
  • Just added it to my account. I save about $55 a month. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a money grab by AT&T. The folks who were grandfathered in pay $35.00 a month for unlimited data and with this new plan you can get the same thing for $100.00 a month. That's over a 285% markup on the original price. So who really benefits...us or AT&T?
  • Depends. If you are grandfathered in your plan doesn't increase. The price stays the same. Posted via the Android Central App
  • With my Next phones I only pay $15 a month for each of my six phones. And $10 for each of five tablets. This $40 a month for each phone and tablet is rediculous. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I already have AT&T (one phone) and DirecTV. How difficult is it to merge the two so I can get the unlimited data? I don't want to do anything that will mess either of them up.