AT&T launches prepaid mobile broadband offerings

AT&T Mobility launched its own prepaid mobile broadband plans, weeks after rival Verizon Wireless decided to jump into the prepaid broadband market.

The new plans, called DataConnect Pass, work with all AT&T-certified netbooks and laptops. The pricing is identical to the plans that Verizon introduced earlier this month. AT&T is offering a daily plan for $15 with a cap at 75 MB of usage, a weekly plan for $30 with a cap at 250 MB, and a monthly plan for $50 with a 500 MB cap. AT&T said that users will receive a text and email message once either 30 minutes or 20 percent of their allotted data usage remains in a session.

The move by the nation's two largest carriers into prepaid mobile broadband marks a shift in the mobile broadband landscape. Previously, prepaid mobile broadband was the exclusive province of carriers such as Leap Wireless, and, more recently, Virgin Mobile USA. Leap offers unlimited usage for $40 per month and and Virgin Mobile offers 1 GB of data usage for $60.

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