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This article was published on February 17, 2017

AT&T becomes the latest (and worst) to offer an unlimited data plan

AT&T becomes the latest (and worst) to offer an unlimited data plan Image by: Justin Sullivan
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

We sure hope AT&T can get a signal from the top of that bandwagon.

Starting tomorrow, AT&T is offering an unlimited data plan, following the lead of VerizonT-Mobile, and Sprint.

According to its press release, a four-line plan costs $180 for unlimited talk, text, and data. According to a CNET comparison, AT&T’s new plan wasn’t all that appealing on a line-by-line basis. At $180 for unlimited talk, text, and data, it was on par, however, with its competitors.

Like its competitors, AT&T’s ‘unlimited’ plan throttles users after they’ve used 22GBs of data on one line — meaning your connection will slow down.

Worse, there’s no plan to support tethering. T-Mobile and Verizon both offer a 10GB tethering allotment.

According to USA Today, the AT&T plan won’t include a mobile hotspot function, either.

This isn’t the first time AT&T has offered an unlimited plan. Previously, DirectTV or U-Verse TV subscribers were eligible.