No-contract PS Vita AT&T data plans start at $15/month

Telecom giant announces month-to-month data plan prices for 3G iteration of new handheld starting at $15/250MB; $25/2GB plan also available at launch.

The PlayStation Vita is due to launch in North America on February 22, and today the system's exclusive 3G service provider, AT&T, cleared up a lingering uncertainty about the device, announcing data plan prices for the 3G iteration of the handheld.

Data plans for the PS Vita start at $15 a month.

Gamers who pick up the $299 3G version of the PS Vita can choose to pay monthly fees of $15 for 250MB of data, or $25 for 2GB of data. Both plans are month-to-month and do not require a contract of any sort.

AT&T is the exclusive service provider in the US for the PS Vita. Customers who buy into AT&T's service plan for the PS Vita will also have free access to more than 24,000 Wi-Fi hot spots nationwide.

The news stems from AT&T's media briefing today at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and is confirmed by a tweet from Sony. For more on the convention, look for further coverage from GameSpot and sister site CNET.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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141 comments
fester420
fester420

I am getting the 3G version only because it is included in the first edition bundle, I'll most likely never activate the 3G. I still have unlimited data from at&t so i'll just use my phone as a wireless hotspot.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@the13stuff there is limit to the wifi version has well you can only use it in a wifi hotspot but with the 3g one you can be online almost anywhere and with the 3g version you get both wifi and 3g and what made me decide on getting the 3g version is games like ruin and unit 13 plus I don't have a stupid smartphone

tisoyboy2
tisoyboy2

Not the best choice. Better to add mobile hotspot on your phone for around the same price that can connect any device then pay for a service that is limited to one

Agronot
Agronot

Man AT&T charges so much for its data plans...

the13stuff
the13stuff

Sorry, I stopped reading at "monthly fees". There's virtually no reason to get the 3G version of the Vita if you look at the limitations of what it can do as opposed to the Wifi.

maxwell97
maxwell97

@Icehearted: the consumer has always had all the power in this industry. It is what it is for one reason: because consumers voted for it with their money.

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

Good lord, $15 for 250mb of data. Most expensive internet browsing ever? But honestly, you would have to be an idiot or stupidly rich to willingly pay for that.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

3G would be great for the Vita...if it weren't so expensive. The argument could be made that 250MB is good for some minor browsing and surfing, but who doesn't already have a cellphone that can do that? The main bonus of having on-the-go connectivity would be online gaming wherever you go and that probably uses more than 250MB a month. :|

megakick
megakick

Sony will probably drop 3G as fast as they dropped UMD movies. PSVISTA 3G will be the new PSP GO

warrner11
warrner11

ok.....this no contract has me rethinking my psv choice...but then i do notice those at work with me with AT&T cant keep up with my Verizon. If only they went with Verizon this would b a no brainer.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Assuming the wifi only vita has bluetooth, people already paying for a mobile/cell phone contract (myself included) could just use their phones for 3g connection... Seems better than wasting all that extra money on something that wont work half the time you're stood next to a large building lol. Still would be interesting to hear the prices they come up with for other countries, all our added tax in the uk will make prices funny.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@demonic_85 you can't even do that with unlimited plan because all 3g providers put a 25mb download limit on it meaning the largest file you can download is 25mb and who wants to download on 3g anyways it is way to slow and take forever

DaNubianPryns
DaNubianPryns

It's pay as you go, folks. Not a required, mandatory monthly fee. You would pay for it when you use it. Reading comprehension. Geez.

demonic_85
demonic_85

So Wifi only it is then, cant even download a full game with 3G service.

wowwow27
wowwow27

the vita should be cheaper if you go with the 3g, not more expensive! like they do with cell phones. paying more for the 3g capability is insane, wi-fi all the way!!!

DrKill09
DrKill09

AT&T have the worst service. $120 a month for a home phone vs $30 for cable phone, which includes voice mail, caller id, and more for free? :P

Salgo53
Salgo53

wait so if you get the 3g you will have to pay either 15 or 25 every month to utilize it? Thats kinda bs

SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

my phonebill right now is $25 a month for 400 minutes, unlimited texting, and unlimited 3G data... Sounds like a bit of a ripoff to me.

vega13mv
vega13mv

i lol'd when they mentioned AT&T at E3 and the whole crowd went "BOOOOOO!"

Eliphs
Eliphs

PSP 3g = $300.00 Games = $40-$50 Knowing you're going to spend $180.00-$300.00 on monthly fees in a single year? Priceless.

Zophar87
Zophar87

Lol. Have fun downloading games with 250mb of bandwidth.

DaNubianPryns
DaNubianPryns

3G supports asynchronous multiplayer gaming, not real-time

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I think the best way to describe this is this sucks and if it's going to be about $15 dollars/month for 250 MB or $25 dollars/month for 2 GB of data that really sucks and I live up here in Toronto, Canada and that's going to be almost double from Rogers or Bell and it will most likely Rogers Communication's. So I'm wondering will I be able to get this with out a monthly plan or is that out of the question and I say this with such concern because this handheld interest's and I just want one to just play game's on and not to do anything else with it.

DaNubianPryns
DaNubianPryns

If you have a cell phone that offers the Mobile Hotspot feature, I'd go with Wi-Fi only version and skip AT&T's plans. I have it on Sprint for $30/mo w/ unlimited data. That way, you'll always have a mobile hotspot if you have your cell phone and enough battery charge.

Zophar87
Zophar87

That 3G model is going to go to the way of the PSPGo. Horrible idea.

Halloll
Halloll

how much for the wifi-less version? or do we have to wait 5 years fr that one.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I wonder how much will it take before this 3G Vita becomes a rare collector's item.Judging by all this,its getting there,especially after the fact how its not doing very well... @Freezezzy Yeah,all very true.Sure,gaming evolved.But it evolved in probably the worst way possible.It grew too much,too much money in gaming now,and for gaming industry to be profitable,gamers need to be ripped-off and constricted as much as possible,while being looked upon as nothing other than walking dollar bills.Sad days for gaming as we once knew it :(

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

might switch my preorder, that's not bad for 3G and I'd mainly use it to stay connected to the internet, not so much downloading a full game or movie etc. The only thing is that I can't see myself posting pictures via the internet using the old webcam quality Vita cameras.

Muhammad23
Muhammad23

here's what i'm gonna do. i'm gonna walk over to gamestop, buy a ps vita wi-fi only model, with 32 gb mem card and uncharted golden abyss. when the ps vita gets released in north america on 22-2-12, i'll go buy all the games, and Bam!! there you have it,

jamyskis
jamyskis

@Freezezzy You are my friend for life, man. You win an internet. Just when I thought the interwebs were getting lost in a mire of insanity.

BassGSX
BassGSX

@Freezezzy Comment of the year!

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Freezezzy Sign me up. I'm barely 18 and i've already miss the ps1 era.

Icehearted
Icehearted

[quote="Freezezzy"]Gaming used to be so much simpler. You'd just buy the console, buy some games, plug it in, and play.[/quote] I was thinking about this earlier; feels things have come a long way in the wrong direction. With hard drives and broadband the line between the simplicity of the console experience and the complexity of the PC experience has blurred substantially, more so in this cycle than all previous cycles combined. I feel this is why the business is stagnating. Add to the items you mentioned a stronger drive to profit with an incomplete experience (and DLC extras) rather than with quality experience and this has gone from being one the the best new forms of entertainment to an uncaring, metacritic induced, cash-grabbing, cluster-f**k. Companies that were cool have become soulless, devs that did it for more than money have become entitled manipulative pricks, and too many of have splintered off into bickering babies defending comanies that see us as little more than dollar signs. We've slid deep into this muck, the next big cycle could either turn things around and give the power back to the consumer, or it could very well make many of us reconsider the hobby we've loved and supported for a big chunk of our lives.

FusionRain
FusionRain

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finaleve
finaleve

@Tsuchikage Because Xbox totally doesn't have the option for a monthly fee. You are also forgetting that this isn't something normal as cell phones use this program already.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Wi-fi all the way. I refuse to give AT&T any kind of profit.

bizuit
bizuit

Why is it according to people on this site that if something costs money the company is being greedy? Sounds to me the posters are being greedy for thinking everything they want should be free

FFadikt
FFadikt

Hmm, I guess i'll have to wait a bit for a price drop.

rasenganX100
rasenganX100

@Gam3r2011 totally agree dude, its not like AT&T would LOSE money, greedy noobs

X-RS
X-RS

Why would you buy a Vita? Cuz you wanna game on a pad and buttons and bring it wherever. PS2 on the go! F*** yeah!

schmitt316
schmitt316

I'll stick with Wi-Fi. I'm home most of the time anyways.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

That's too expensive. There should be a yearly charge--$50-$60 a year, maybe?--similar to Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus, not a monthly fee. This will make people broke; we're already paying too much for phone service!

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

they should have free 3G but theyre too greedy for that with this bullsh*t economy