AT&T is reportedly planning to implement both speed and data tiers on their upcoming LTE 4G network, BGR has said. The data tiers are nothing new to the modern mobile user. AT&T will have different plans with various size monthly data allowances. Overages are not discussed, but we expect a similar arrangement to the current 3G plans. The new wrinkle is that AT&T will be tiering speeds too. This is what we’ve been seeing in wireline broadband for years.
AT&T will also be offering “Top Up Sessions” and “Speed Up Sessions” on LTE devices. Customers that have reached their bandwidth limit can pay for a top up, and get more data for the current billing cycle. As you might have guessed, Speed UP Sessions will increase the data rate to the maximum for a pre-determined period of time.
AT&T will be trialing these plans when the LTE network begins rolling out later this year. These changes could make mobile data feel more like a pre-paid service with all the timed sessions. What do you think of the plan?