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AT&T starting a Hiptop plan!

Hot damn! After over 7 months of being available solely via Tmobile, the Danger Hiptop is finally branching out to other carriers. AT&T subsidiary SunCom has announced a Hiptop service, and — dig this — they’re undercutting Tmobile by offering a data-only plan for $30 a month.

This rocks for people like me, who already have a main mobile phone and use their Hiptop solely for email, IMing, SMSing, and web surfing. Currently, I’m paying Tmobile for a plan that includes 200 minutes a month, and frankly, the last thing I wanna do with my Hiptop is talk on it. More significantly, the data-only plan illustratest that someone in the telco world finally gets it: Data is, for some customers, way more important than voice.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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