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AT&T Vita 3G Data Plans Announced

No contracts.

The AT&T (US) data plans for the 3G version of the Vita have been announced. There are two options: $14.99 a month for 250MB or $25 for 2GB, both with no contracts.

The reaction over on the PlayStation Facebook page hasn’t been overly positive. What do you think?

Source: Facebook

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52 Comments
  1. Deathbrin
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Can you download games via 3G?

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 19:28.
    • sparkyscrum
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      3G downloads a capped at 20MB so most games no.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 09:55.
      • Kevatron400
        Drake, baby.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Oh really? Same as iDevices then. I didn’t know that.

        Comment posted on 16/01/2012 at 13:02.
  2. Paranoimia
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    I’ll have a giffgaff SIM for mine. £5 ($7.72) for 500MB.

    So the US don’t get the best deals on everything, it seems.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 19:32.
    • Spence1115
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      The US get utter shit prices for phones. We expect even smart phones for free on contracts, Americans pay $70 a month and still end up paying $300 upfront for the phone.

      Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 19:33.
      • aerobes
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        This shocked me too having moved there last summer, was a hell of a wake-up call after thinking the UK was expensive. Suffice to say I still don’t have a mobile phone here in the US because I can’t afford one, simple as that.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 19:41.
      • djhsecondnature
        Since: Forever

        It’s to do with coverage. There’s a much large space to cover so it costs more.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:21.
      • Rad4Life
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        As an American getting screwed by my phone company, I agree.
        At least we have a few monthly options without contracts but you pay for the phone.
        That is what I’m switching to. It is the cheapest solution and gives me mobile web.
        Which I currently don’t have. I hate Sprint.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 21:30.
      • Crocadillian
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Actually it isn’t really. When you think about it theres a hell of a lot more customers to profit from in the US. Additionally unlike the UK where there are many companies that provide mobile phone and cellular data plans and products, the few companies in existence have a monopoly on the country’s phone lines and mobile network services, meaning its easier to charge higher prices :3.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 21:42.
      • cam the man
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        The US network is set up different from here. A single mast in the UK can cover several square miles. In the US urban areas they use at least 3 masts for each ‘cell’ area, the ‘cell’ being the area between the masts which is usually less than 1 square Km. More masts needed = more expense.
        But, that said, there are 322.9 million (06/11) mobile subscribers which should offset the costs of cell system.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 22:50.
      • Spence1115
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        There may be over 5x the number of people, but there’s way more than 5x the space to cover!

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 09:35.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        The network is definitely set up differently too- remember before smartphones, when European phones couldn’t connect to US masts without being tri-band (or was it quadband?)?

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 13:36.
    • Awayze
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      When it comes to mobile devices and other cellular plans, the devices and the plans are absolute horrific when compared to Europe.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 03:52.
      • Spence1115
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Europe is bad enough when compared to Britain. Britain is far cheaper for phones than most countries.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 09:35.
  3. Spence1115
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Well this is apparently their normal SIM only data plans, so I’m not remotely surprised by this. Nor do I care as I’m not in America but still.

    Odd are Vodafone’s one will be the same as they currently are for SIM only data plans, £5 pay as you go for 250MB, £7.50 a month (£5 for existing customers) on a 30 day contract for 500MB and £15 a month (£12.50 for existing customers) for 2GB. The only interesting thing would be if they do the device on contract as well, like an iPad or Galaxy Tab.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 19:32.
    • bajere
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      Really they should just allow you to tether it to your iPhone. Run the iPad and Vita and what ever else off it to. £45+£15+£12+… Before you know it all these little plans equal far to much! One plan, connect ALL other 3G devices via that mobile. Job done!

      Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 13:56.
  4. manky_
    Member
    Since: Forever

    You can’t go wrong with a Mi-fi from 3 if you have multiple devices that you want to connect whilst out and about.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:04.
  5. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I think a fair few people that had pre-ordered 3G’s have just switched to the wi-fi only one, can’t see many people willing to pay that amount. What can you even do with 250mb, apart from surfing webpages?

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:08.
    • Deathbrin
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Well that’s what you’re going to do. Logging into PSN, messaging, even voice chatting maybe. Using Near and stuff. Uploading trophies.

      Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:12.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        I wouldn’t pay $14.99 a month so I could update my trophies on the go, or voice chat someone – I’d just phone them.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 21:06.
      • Deathbrin
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Well that is if youre already paying for the phone.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 03:30.
      • gazzagb
        Master of speling mitakse
        Since: Feb 2009

        Actually I’m on P&G! :P

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 10:11.
  6. djhsecondnature
    Since: Forever

    So basically the prices for AT&T deals. It’s not on a contract so won’t be as cheap as them.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:20.
  7. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Thank god I can turn my Android phone into a Wifi hotspot with the flick of a digital switch. I don’t understand why people would buy a 3G anything that is not a smartphone these days.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:32.
    • Pete_UK
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      This was my thought exactly; having a Smartphone that can act as a hotspot completely negates the issue, you just add it to your current network allowance – my Orange contract comes with 500mb a month standard. That said, my smartphone also does everything I’d want to do online with the Vita, and with a better browser and Flash support so there’s no reason to waste the battery charge! Voice chat? That’s what a phone is for…

      Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 22:07.
      • Paranoimia
        Member
        Since: Aug 2008

        I’ve got an Android phone which will act as a wi-fi hotspot, but the battery won’t last long if I do so.

        Also don’t know what features (such as ‘near’) might need it. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 22:19.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        The Vita has approximately 5 hours of battery life. Shouldn’t be a problem, even if you spend the whole 5 hours playing online, asuming you even manage to squeeze 5 hours of online gaming out of that little bugger. :)

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 06:16.
      • JigsawPieces
        Member
        Since: Sep 2010

        Like Paranoimia says, it might be better to have it and not need it – doesn’t the 3G model also have GPS, unlike the wifi-only model?

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 07:45.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        I wouldn’t pay a premium for a 3G model just to have it if I ever needed it. And if that event ever occured I’d still have to pay extra for the actual data traffic. Not worth it in my opinion. There are also quite a few free wifi hotspots around the cities if you really need to access the internet through your Vita. I can also pass on the GPS functionality. I have a GPS for my car and Google Navigations on my Android smartphone works like a charm with turn by turn navigation.

        I went for the 3G model for my Amazon Kindle but that comes with free worldwide Whispernet. It’s nice being able to download a new book or check your email when you are on vacation but I wouldn’t have opted for the 3G version if I had to pay a monthly fee to access the Internet.

        Like I said to djsecondnature, it’s worth talking to your provider if he’s OK with you tethering additional devices to your Smartphone and if not how much it would cost you to add a second device to your data plan. Maybe it’s cheaper than what you would have to pay for the native Vita 3G plans and also remember that you would be saving money by getting the Wifi only model. I’ve tethered my tablet to my phone on quite a few occasions and the battery took it like a champ. :)

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 08:21.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Also, according to tonycawley (I wasn’t 100% sure myself) you can’t play games via 3G anyways. Apparently you can only surf the net (like on your smartphone but with a sucky browser), chat with friends (instead of calling them with a cell phone that you probably have on you anyways), sync trophies (surely can wait until you get back to a wifi area) and stuff like that. To be honest, I probably wouldn’t go for the 3G model in this case, even if I couldn’t tether it to my smartphone. Doesn’t seem like it’s worth the extra money if you really only can do these things.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 08:28.
    • djhsecondnature
      Since: Forever

      A lot of providers are clamping down on tethering.

      Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 23:48.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Asuming your provider does forbid tethering, there’s a chance you can add it to your plan for less than what these offers would cost you. I’d give it a try if I was in that position. Lucky for me my provider doesn’t seem to mind my tethering. I rarely use it and if I do it’s mostly just for a quick emergency (didn’t have internet in my new appartment and had to activate Borderlands on my PC to play it so I tethered my phone via USB – this kind of stuff).

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 06:20.
  8. YOURMUMANDME
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    It doesn’t have 4G receiver does it? Might wait and just get the wi-fi just now. I’m sure it will have one when LTE is available in the bigger countries.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 20:47.
  9. Darksidesystems
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    I have no concept as to what 2Gb gets you. Is that a lot for a frequent gamer? As time goes by the 3G option seems more and more pointless. Gives me a sad face :-(

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 21:20.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      You can’t play games over the 3G, it’s only for PSN/internet type stuff.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 00:41.
      • Deathbrin
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        What the flock? No online stuff?

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 03:51.
      • tonycawley
        Pint! Pint!
        Since: Feb 2009

        3G does not support online gaming. You can only do that when connected to a WiFi hotspot. The 3G is only so you can browse the web, synch trophies, chat to people on friends list etc.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2012 at 08:14.
      • Darksidesystems
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        TUT!

        Comment posted on 11/01/2012 at 01:34.
  10. Serebii.Net
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    The comment section on Facebook is full of idiots thinking that’s the PSN account charge, with one person saying “Free wifi or I’m not buying”.
    I think the 250Mb deal is a bit bad, but the 2Gb one it ok

    Comment posted on 09/01/2012 at 22:39.

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