AT&T Mobility is requiring any customer purchasing a smartphone or upgrading to one to subscribe to a monthly data plan for $30 in addition to a voice plan. The requirement will go into effect Sept. 6 but won't impact existing customers until they upgrade their phone or plan.
AT&T has released this official statements on the matter: "Smartphone users tend to consume a higher amount of data services, like advanced email, mobile Web, applications and more. Being able to take full advantage of these features without having to worry about a fluctuating or unusually high bill generally leads to greater customer satisfaction, so effective Sept. 6, smartphone customers will need to subscribe to a data plan, as the vast majority of customers already do."
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