Vita 3G plan tweaked, jumps from $25 to $30 a month

AT&T recently tweaked its 3G data plans, and the Vita has been affected. Vita users that planned on using 3G service will have to pony up an additional $5 a month to get connected.

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The 3G data plans for PlayStation Vita haven't been especially unique. AT&T's plans for the Vita have matched their plans for iPads and other tablets. The company recently tweaked its 3G data plans, and unsurprisingly, the Vita has been affected.

The lower-priced tier is unchanged. The $14.99 monthly plan will still offer 250MB of data.

However, the higher-pried tier has been made more expensive. Previously, AT&T offered a $25 plan that included 2GB of data. That option has been replaced with a $30 plan that offers 3GB of data. While the per-gigabyte cost is much lower, it means Vita users that planned on using 3G service will have to pony up an additional $5 a month to get connected.

While the Vita will offer a number of internet-connected apps, many of Vita's more demanding features--such as internet play and full game downloads--will require something a bit faster than 3G speeds. Potential Vita owners will have to think carefully before deciding which version to pick up at launch next month.

(via Joystiq)

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    January 23, 2012 6:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Vita 3G plan tweaked, jumps from $25 to $30 a month.

    AT&T recently tweaked its 3G data plans, and the Vita has been affected. Vita users that planned on using 3G service will have to pony up an additional $5 a month to get connected.

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      January 23, 2012 6:30 AM

      What a ripoff. You can get full phone service (with unlimited data) from T-Mobile for $30/month.

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        January 23, 2012 6:56 AM

        they are really pushing it on the after purchase cost. its going to hurt them, i think, alot more than its going to make them more money.

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          January 23, 2012 7:27 AM

          I'm really pissed about having to repurchase my physical PSP software. Bull. Shit. Not sure if I'm going to get one (Vita) because of that.

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      January 23, 2012 6:37 AM

      Vita is so DOA.

      There's games I'm interested in it, but as a platform, I have zero interest in getting one to be ripped off by some of the choices Sony's making for it.

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        January 23, 2012 6:39 AM

        I'm wondering if the hacking community will do anything cool with it. Obviously I don't mean pirated games but they've done some cool shit with the PSP

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          January 23, 2012 6:55 AM

          as much as i want the PSPV to do well, i also kinda hope it gets a little hacked. maybe in some way that allows homebrew but without the rampant piracy. i know thats a contradictory statement but im just making wishes.

          my PSP stayed in service YEARS longer than it should have because of homebrew. i never pirated any games, but i did use emulators alot, and i probably played snes games on it for several orders of magnitude more than i played actual PSP titles.

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            January 23, 2012 7:03 AM

            I used my PSP to stream movies before I had the iPhone. Worked fairly well, not very stable though.

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        January 23, 2012 7:03 AM

        just use dont get the 3g model

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          January 23, 2012 7:08 AM

          I wasn't even planning on the 3g model.

          The core non-3G stuff has its own problems, from memory card costs, UMD importing costs, etc. to not make this anywhere close to attractive as a replacement for a PSP and if you already have a smart phone.

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            January 23, 2012 7:14 AM

            My personal opinion is that I only have 1 PSP game and in no way do smart phone games even compete with having a dual analog stick on a portable device so I'm not worried about that. Also at some point, you're just going to want to move ahead and ditch the old anyway.

            The only things making me wait and see are games that I want to play (i don't think there really are any yet till I see some reviews and stuff) and whether it's worth it to dole out cash for the proprietary memory cards (did a 3rd party ever make memory stick pros for cheaper?). I would assume I'd just need to buy 1 high capacity card and I'd be good to go.

            Also if EA announces that NHL 13 is coming out on the Vita, that is it. I'll be buying one the same day of that announcement.

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              January 23, 2012 7:40 AM

              The buy-in to play 1 game is silly. Hell, I'm a stupid DS fanboi and I refused to buy a 3DS for awhile until I was able to sell my DSi and use some of my Chase Amazon points to get a unit from Amazon Warehouse for ~$60. Even that was a ripoff to me at first because there was nothing to play for it.

              The Vita is gorgeous, don't get me wrong. I guess the traveling you do allows you more time to play, whereas when I travel it usually involves me driving and thus being unable to play my 3DS.

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          January 23, 2012 7:10 AM

          lol, I don't think the 3g model has anything to do with the amount of failure Sony has built up so far leading up to its NA launch.

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        January 23, 2012 7:03 AM

        I think outside of all the handheld gaming systems right now, it actually seems kind of appealing. My PSP is kind of old and busted, was thinking of trading in all the stuff I have for one.

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        January 23, 2012 7:49 AM

        Yeah, the hand held market is already hurting, this isn't going to change anything. I'd argue that a majority of hand held users have already migrated to cheap phone and touchpad based games. I have a feeling that we're seeing the last generation of dedicated hand held gaming devices.

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        January 23, 2012 12:51 PM

        It's really AT&T that is to be blamed for the 3G prices... Sony is only to blame for partnering with them... but some telecom company was going to have to provide the 3G service anyway so it's not like it would have been much different if they had gone with Sprint or Verizon.

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      January 23, 2012 7:01 AM

      So is getting a 3G plan a requirement for the Vita or optional?

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      January 23, 2012 9:10 AM

      The boos from the E3 2011 Vita/AT&T announcement continue to echo.

      What are the sales breakdowns for the Japanese Vita, wi-fi versus cell network?

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      January 23, 2012 11:14 AM

      And someone gave me shit the other day for having a bad feeling about this.

      I'm not gonna be all "I told you so" but fuck that guy.

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      January 23, 2012 11:37 AM

      buttons are important I know

      but its gonna be weird when the iphone 8 in 3 years surpasses this thing in gfx

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      January 23, 2012 11:43 AM

      So charging for UMD transfer and now hiking up the 3G... have they not seen the Jap sales figures!! I still have my pre order in but wondering why a little

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