AT&T 4G LTE Network: Data & Speed Tiers Planned?

Those of you who are AT&T users are probably eagerly looking forward to the rollout of its 4G LTE service, expected to begin in the latter half of this year. However we now hear that the company plans not only tiered data services, but also tiered speed services.

The Long Term Evolution data service will be provided at different speeds depending on how much you’re willing to pay, whilst data tiers will allow a set amount of data usage (data buckets), in a similar way to the company’s current data plans. Zach Epstein over on BGR brings us this news and says that AT&T could have further plans in the pipeline whereby users could temporarily boost their services for a fee.

BGR is in possession of a document that mentions “Top Up Sessions” as well as “Speed Up Sessions” So far there’s no confirmation of prices or how many of these plans there will be but trials of the plans are expected in May. There’s also an article about these planned data and speed tiers over on IntoMobile by Marin who looks into the pros and cons of tiered plans.

You may also be interested to hear about the Motorola Atrix 4G which is a super-powered phone receiving a lot of good press which will be coming ready for the 4G network on AT&T, which you can read more about at the link. We’d like to know your thoughts on these tiered plans. Do you think these plans are fairer to those who don’t use much data, or do you think that tiered plans can stifle the growth of yet more innovation? Why not let us know with your comments.