AT&T Inc is following bigger rival Verizon Wireless with a new type of family plan that comes with a sharp increase in its fees for data services such mobile Internet.
But unlike its rival, AT&T says the plan will be an option rather than a requirement for new customers and subscribers upgrading to a new phone.
Late next month AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, will launch the new offering, which allows its customers to buy a single data plan for up to 10 devices and includes unlimited phone calls and text messages for these customers.
The hope is that the new plan, similar to one kicked off by Verizon Wireless in June, will entice individuals and families to connect more devices such as tablet computers to the AT&T network because they will no longer have to buy a separate monthly data allowance for each mobile device.
Since young consumers are making fewer phone calls in favor of communicating via data services, AT&T, like Verizon Wireless, is overhauling its pricing in a bid to boost revenue from data services and to avoid a future decline in voice revenue.
A suburban U.S. teenager had to be rescued from an apartment complex trash chute after accidentally throwing away her cell phone and getting stuck when she tried to retrieve it, police said.
The 19-year-old woman from Atlanta, Georgia had ordered food from a fast food restaurant early Sunday and mistakenly dropped her cell phone in the food bag, said Dunwoody, Georgia police spokesman Tim Fecht.
After she threw the bag into the trash chute at the apartment complex she realized her phone was missing. She got stuck as she reached for the bag, Fecht said.
Her friends called police, and fire fighters dislodged her within 10 minutes by moving a dumpster at the end of the chute and pulling her out, said Fecht.