AT&T Inc. today announced an unprecedented new offer, which gives subscribers the nation's largest unlimited free calling community, including wireless and wireline phone numbers.
The AT&T Unity(SM) plan, which is available beginning Sunday, Jan. 21, brings together home, business and wireless calling, creating a calling community of more than 100 million AT&T wireless and wireline phone numbers.
AT&T Unity customers can call or receive calls for free from any AT&T wireless and wireline phone numbers nationwide without incurring additional wireline usage fees or using their wireless Anytime minutes.* In addition to free domestic calling to and from AT&T numbers, the AT&T Unity plan includes wireless service with unlimited night and weekend minutes, as well as a package of Anytime Minutes.
The AT&T Unity plan is the company's first major converged product offering since the company's Dec. 29 acquisition of BellSouth Corp. and consolidation of Cingular Wireless.
"AT&T Unity is the ideal way to introduce our customers to the real power of combining wireless and wireline services into an appealing offering that delivers value, flexibility and convenience," said Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman and CEO of AT&T. "More than two years ago, Cingular Wireless, now the new AT&T, raised the bar by creating the largest unlimited wireless calling community in America -- a feat no competitor has been able to duplicate. With AT&T Unity, we are raising the bar even higher by adding unlimited domestic calling to and from AT&T wireline customers."
To sign up for a new AT&T Unity plan, a customer needs to subscribe to AT&T wireless service and unlimited AT&T local and long distance wireline services. The bundle includes both unlimited local and long distance plans and an AT&T Unity wireless plan. Customers who subscribe to AT&T Unity have the convenience of a single bill for their AT&T wireline and wireless services.
AT&T Unity rate plans are available to new and existing AT&T qualified residential and small business customers in the company's 22-state service area, which now includes the local service area of the former BellSouth. Domestic calls made from and to any AT&T phone number nationwide are eligible.
AT&T Unity plans are part of the company's strategy to simplify the process of purchasing and using communications services, while combining wireless/wireline services in ways that provide tangible benefits for customers.
"AT&T is changing how the industry thinks about wireless/wireline convergence, and rewarding consumers and small business owners with simplicity and convenience," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chief operating officer. "In just three weeks since the merger closed, AT&T has introduced a revolutionary offer. AT&T Unity is just the beginning."
The price points for AT&T Unity wireless plans are identical to current Cingular wireless individual plans. Residential calling plans available include:
-- AT&T Unity** Individual Plans - five packages of 900 to 6,000 Anytime Wireless Minutes plus unlimited night and weekend minutes and unlimited free Unity Minutes for approximately $60 to $200*** a month. Plans include nationwide long distance and roaming, voice mail, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling and Caller ID.
-- AT&T Unity** FamilyTalk Plans - six packages offering 700 to 6,000 Anytime Minutes plus unlimited night and weekend minutes and unlimited free Unity Minutes for approximately $70 to $300*** a month. Plans include nationwide long distance and roaming, voice mail, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling and Caller ID for up to five lines (there is an additional cost for each line added).
To qualify for AT&T Unity, residential customers must have or subscribe to an unlimited AT&T wireline local and long distance plan. For example, in the pre-merger 13-state territory, consumers can subscribe to AT&T All Distance for $50 a month before taxes and surcharges, which includes an unlimited local and domestic direct dial long distance plan with up to 13 vertical features**** and inside wire maintenance.
In the pre-merger nine-state BellSouth territory, customers can subscribe to the BellSouth Unlimited Plan, which offers unlimited local and domestic long distance calling and five calling features for approximately $50 a month.
AT&T Unity customers can earn up to $125 a year for referring new wireless AT&T customers. Details are available at http://www.cingular.com/referral.
How to Order
The offer is available beginning Sunday, Jan. 21. Any AT&T residential, qualified small business, or post-paid wireless GSM customer can convert to an AT&T Unity rate plan when they subscribe to a qualifying AT&T unlimited wireline local service and long distance calling plan. Prepaid wireless customers are not eligible for the offer.
The new calling plans are available to qualifying AT&T residential, small business and wireless customers in most of the company's incumbent local exchange areas, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Beginning Sunday, Jan. 21, residential and small business customers interested in learning more about AT&T Unity rate plans can log on to http://www.att.com/unity or visit any Cingular retail store. New customers can call (800) ATT-2020; existing customers can call (877) TRY-UNITY to join the largest calling community by converting to an AT&T Unity plan.
For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit http://www.att.com .
* To be eligible, calls must originate and terminate in the United States. Wireless voice mail calls, directory assistance calls, toll-free numbers, 900 numbers, international numbers, and "dial-around" numbers are not eligible. Wireless services provided by the wholly owned wireless subsidiary of AT&T Inc. AT&T Unity wireless plans do not include Rollover minutes.
** Promotional feature requires a new one- or two-year wireless service agreement for residential customers and a two-year service agreement for qualified small business customers. Unlimited minutes to and from wireless phone and eligible AT&T numbers. Must maintain qualifying AT&T services and combined bill. AT&T Unity wireless plans do not include Rollover minutes.
*** Cingular imposes monthly a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge of up to $1.25 to help defray costs incurred in complying with state and federal telecom regulations; State and Federal Universal Service Charges; and surcharges for customer-based and revenue-based state and local assessments on Cingular. These are not taxes or government-required charges.
**** Features vary depending on service area. Residential subscribers in Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas may add up to 12 vertical calling features. Residential subscribers in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana may add up to 10 vertical calling features. Residential subscribers in California may add up to 13 vertical calling features.