AT&T Announces Sponsored Data Benjamin J. Roethig January 6, 2014 News 2 Comments 42 Shares Google+ 36 Twitter 6 Facebook 0 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 42 Shares × Would you use a service because they offered free data? It’s now something you have to think about because AT&T is implementing sponsored data in its plans and potentially letting you worry a little less about your cellular data usage. According to the carrier, it works a lot like a toll free 800 number. Businesses would have the option to contract AT&T to sponsor data for specific uses. This could be a health care provider, a retail business, or a movie promoting itself. Promoted data would not be billed to the customer and instead be billed to the sponsoring company. AT&T also says that any sponsored data would not be throttled or moved to the slower HSPA or Edge networks. Customers would also need not have to enroll on AT&T’s end to receive sponsored data. More details about the service can be found at att.com/sponsoreddata. As of current there are no announced plans from other carriers to follow suit, but if there are, we’ll let you know. Source: AT&T 42 Shares Google+ 36 Twitter 6 Facebook 0 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 0 Buffer 0 42 Shares × 2 Responses Steve Thompson January 6, 2014 Nice article Ben. Really interesting, thanks. I can’t help thinking that this ISN’T the shape of things to come. I only get free data if I’m bring sold something, like a movie or whatever and its not even fast! Kinda leaves me thinking, ‘what’s in it for me?’ I guess the old adage is true ‘if you’re getting something for free on the web, you’re not the customer, you’re the product!’ Thanks buddy S Benjamin J. Roethig January 6, 2014 That’s basically how it is. There is no such thing as as free. Just no cost to you.