John Paczkowski

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AT&T Announces New “We Had to Because Verizon Did” Pricing Plans

When Verizon Wireless (VZ) announced in February 2008 that it would offer unlimited mobile phone calls for a flat rate of $99.99 a month, it took AT&T (T) a matter of hours to craft a similar rate plan and issue a press release touting it. No surprise then that Verizon’s announcement this morning of a $69.99-a-month nationwide voice plan and an $89.99-a-month voice-and-text plan was quickly followed by AT&T’s announcement of similar offerings. They are:

? Feature Phone customers may choose unlimited talk for $69.99. Family Talk customers (prices assume two lines) may choose unlimited talk for $119.99 per month. Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals and $30 for Family Talk plans.

? Quick Messaging Device customers may choose unlimited talk for $69.99 and Family Talk plans may choose unlimited talk for $119.99 per month (for two lines). These plans require a minimum of $20 per month for individual plans and $30 per month for Family Talk plans in texting and/or Web browsing packages for new and upgrading customers.

? All smartphone customers, including iPhone customers, may now buy unlimited voice and data for $99.99. For smartphone customers with Family Talk plans (prices assume two smartphones), unlimited voice and data is now available for $179.99. Texting plans remain unchanged at $20 for unlimited plans for individuals, $30 for Family Talk Plans.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik