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AT&T Officially Announces Vita Wireless Data Plans

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Posted on January 9, 2012 AT 03:47pm

THE BUZZ: At the currently-running Consumer Electronics Show, AT&T finally announced the official pricing and sizes for their wireless data plans for Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Vita.

Two options will be available for Vita customers: 250MB a month for $14.99, or 2GB of data for $25. Both options will work with no required contract, so plans can be started/stopped as needed.

As an added bonus, those who purchase a 3G Vita and activate one of AT&T’s data plans will be eligible to download one free game (from a select list of titles) via the PlayStation Store.

EGM’s TAKE: Basically, these are the same data plans that AT&T offers for other devices (such as the iPad). While not at all surprising, it’s also a little disappointing. In Japan, data is purchased in blocks, where you then have a set amount of days in which to use the provided amount of data. So, if you don’t use all of your 2GB in one month, that’s fine—you still have it the next month, and you aren’t paying a monthly fee. For those who wouldn’t be using the Vita via 3G all that often, that would be a much better option.

Also, watch out for going over your data limit—here’s the world of financial pain you’ll be looking forward to if you do.

$24.99 for an extra 20MB in over 100 select countries*
$59.99 for an extra 50MB in over 100 select countries*
$119.99 for an extra 100MB in over 100 select countries*
$199.99 for an extra 200MB in over 100 select countries*

*Countries in the Global Data Connect plans may change at AT&T’s discretion.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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