During GigaOm’s Mobilize conference recently, AT&T announced new data plans that should appeal to tablet users who don’t want to sign on for longer one or two year contracts. The options include a $5 day pass and another option that provides 1GB of data for $25 that can be used over the span of three months. 1GB of data isn’t very much, but it’s a solid option for anyone who wants to turn on a cellular connection now and then to quickly find something online.
AT&T senior vice president Chris Penrose said the new plans were introduced because AT&T believes Wi-Fi-only tablets aren’t “good enough.” He brought up an interesting point, however, when he said that cellular radios are coming down so much in price that most OEMs should just introduce a single model that gives consumers the option to add data later. As it stands, tablets are often released now with Wi-Fi only, or with Wi-Fi and optional mobile broadband capabilities.
AllThingsD also noted that AT&T, for the first time, revealed that it provides the wireless connection inside Tesla cars.