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AT&T Prepares for Tablet Boom, Offers Postpaid

While Apple says that 2011 will be the year of the iPad 2, the truth is that 2011 will be the year of many tablets. HP and RIM will have their own first offerings, while Android will be hitting a whole new level with Honeycomb.

Whatever the platform, we doubt that AT&T cares that much, as long as it has a compatible 3G radio that can be used on the wireless carrier's network. To give the growing consumer base more options, AT&T today introduced new postpaid billing options for tablets.

Beginning today, customers can choose between AT&T's existing prepaid billing options or the new postpaid plans. Aside from convenience, we're not sure what the benefits are from going from prepaid to postpaid, but there is an incentive for customers who activate a new postpaid $25/2 GB plan – they will receive the first month free.

The new postpaid billing option will be available across AT&T retail locations, as well as att.com, Best Buy, Fry's, select Nexcom locations, and Walmart stores nationwide.

"Tablets offer the convenience of mobile broadband virtually anywhere and our new billing options give customers the flexibility to choose how they prefer to be billed," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets.

Customers may choose from the following options.

· Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers' monthly wireless statements.

· Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers' credit card statements.

Both options are month-to-month and do not require a long-term commitment.