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AT&T Confirms Data Plan Prices For Vita, 500k Sold In Japan

It's always good to know exactly how much a product is going to cost in the long run, especially when we're talking about those pesky data plans.

We had heard unofficial information concerning AT&T's price plans for the 3G model of the PlayStation Vita in the US. AT&T is the exclusive 3G provider for Sony's nifty new portable.

Now, we have the official numbers: for 250MB of data, you'll pay $15 per month, while 2GB will cost you $25/month. Both plans operate on a month-by-month basis, which means you won't be forced into signing any contract for 3G Vita usage. You will also "have free access to more than 24,000 Wi-Fi hot spots nationwide."

In comparison to most 3G data plans, this seems pretty normal. The only question is clear- how many gamers are going to purchase this game-centric device and pay for a monthly data plan, when they may already have a data plan for their smartphone or tablet? It'll be a challenge for Sony, but we're certain gamers know what they want. ...don't they?

As a side note, Sony has confirmed at the Consumer Electronics Show that the Vita has "sold" over 500,000 units in Japan.  We won't get into a debate over sold and shipped; let's just say that's a pretty good number, and implies that more Vitas were sold in the previous week than in week three.

Tags: vita, playstation vita, at&t, vita data plans, vita data prices

1/9/2012 9:06:01 PM Ben Dutka

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Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 9:26:09 PM

Considering the challenging market conditions it is not a "bad" number. We will see spikes from the US and EUROPEAN launches I am sure... the question is - is it sustainable?

What we may see is the traditional pattern where by we get spikes on launch and then a gradual tapering off... and then spikes again once the price is cut 12 months from now with the possibility then of a sustainable increase.

Once the market has been well served we will see saw between spikes and dips depending on actual software released. A Monster Hunter release in Japan will cause an enormous spike for example. In the US and EUROPE a MGS release will again drive a huge spike for a little while before tapering off...

I do believe Sony will get their numbers, however it may be a very wild ride to get there with huge swings up and down depending on price, software being released and general economic market conditions.

It will be an interesting roller coaster to watch...



Last edited by Qubex on 1/9/2012 9:26:31 PM

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Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 9:50:45 PM

Good luck SONY, I have enough bills as it is. PSP 4 LIFE!! (^o^)

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 10:55:24 PM

25 isnt too bad.

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Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 11:30:56 PM

Questions and alot more of my Questions need to be answered to get me interested in the Vita. Right now I'm good.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 6:57:18 AM

i have a pretty good data plan with my iphone so ill prob just link this device to that plan instead at no extra cost.

but as i said, ill be waiting for the redesign and a bunde deal.

Let sony get their money from the early adopters

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 3:43:30 PM

Wow so the 3g service is without contract Hhhhhm i may have to reconsider getting the wifi only version

I currently pay for the 3g version for my tablet but i want to cancel

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 5:26:30 PM

Data plans are lame, we pay monthly fee + usage per mb fee (if u go over) which is double dipping. Either set a flat monthly rate with unlimited usage or charge for data used and no monthly rate so use the data at whatever rate you want.

They CAN do it but they wont coz they like screwing customers over. Thats why i cant stand smartphone or any big name internet companies, they are all crooks charging you 5 dollars or more for each 5 cents they spend. Its not profit its highway robbery lol

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 11:24:55 PM

any idea on the Canadian carrier? Rogers, Bell or Telus?

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