AT&T will no longer be offering tablets with subsidized pricing, according to a leaked internal memo which has since been proven to be legitimate. As a result, you will be required to pay the full retail price for any tablets purchased through the company’s website or in retail stores. This change brings the rest of AT&T’s tablets in line with the iPad, which has never been offered at subsidized pricing.
There is, however, an upside. You’ll no longer be tied into a two-year contract, and the price of tablet data plans has dropped to $14.99 for the DataConnect 250MB plan, $30 for the DataConnect 3GB plan, and $50 for the DataConnect 5GB plan. With a price cut of $5 per month, the total savings comes out to $120 over the course of what would have been a two-year contract. Of course, you can always still go with the Mobile Share plan, which tacks on $10 for each tablet in addition to the standard data pricing.