CES 2012: AT&T’s PS Vita 3G data plans have no contracts, costs $14.99 or $25

Remember at E3 2011 when Kaz Hirai announced excitedly that the PS Vita’s exclusive wireless provider in the US was AT&T? Remember the less than excited response coming from people probably used to AT&T’s iPhone service? Both parties have been pretty silent since then, but with CES just beginning and the Vita poised to launch in a little over a month, AT&T finally gave us specifics on just how you’ll get data on Sony’s 3G version of its handheld.

The month-to-month plans don’t require any contract commitment, and come in two flavors: $14.99 for 250MB and $25 for 2GB. No details were given on just what happens if you go over that amount, but the prices (while not cheap) fall in line with similar AT&T data plans for phones. Since the 3G version of the hardware is already $50 more than the Wi-Fi model, do these prices seem fair, or do they make you want to pre-order the Wi-Fi version instead?


  • therawski - January 9, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    Most smartphones allow you to share your data connection over wifi without costing extra - don't see why people won't do that instead, unless they don't have a smartphone
  • JaySmoov - January 9, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    I'm not the type of gamer to complain a lot about the little things, however; this is when the little things adds up to a big issue for us gamers. Maybe they are unaware of the economy crisis we are currently in?
  • D0CCON - January 9, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    So, that'll be $300 for the 3G version of the device, $100 for a memory stick, $25 a month for the OK amount of 2 gigs, and $40 for a game. And I thought $390 for a game memory unit and wifi only device was scary enough. Remember when we thought Sony figured it out by pricing their system at the same price as a 3DS?
  • Charlie_Fubar - January 9, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    Yeah, you'll blow through 2 gigs like water playing online.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 9, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    I doubt they'll let you play online with the 3G. You'll probably have to do wi-fi for that. I have no backing for that; it's just my hypothesis. I don't think this is a bad price especially since it's not a contract, so you can just stop paying for it while the option remains there. I like it being pre-paid as well. I like it, but this platform is shaping up to be expensive if you actually want to get the most out of it (which I unfortunately do).
  • smurfantista - January 9, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Anti-Awards 2012 Gaming disaster: Vita launch
  • ParagonT - January 9, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Another bill, another pass. If it gave me a option for a deal by combining plans, then I'll be interested, but hope everyone who gets has fun.

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