AT&T is now requiring customers that purchase what the carrier considers Quick Messaging devices attach a messaging plan on top of data access for device purchase.
The requirement was previously limited to purchases with a mail-in rebate in order to receive the deepest discount possible on a messaging device.
The following devices now fall under the new requirement:
Pantech Reveal, Pantech Impact, Motorola Karma, Samsung Flight, Samsung Impression, Samsung Magnet, Samsung Solstice, Samsung Mythic, Samsung Propel, LG Xenon, LG Neon, and the LG Vu.
The minumum messaging plan allowed to fulfill the new requirement is the $5/month 200 message add-on bundled with the $15/month unlimited data add on for the data requirement, totaling the $20/month minimum.
The following messaging plans are compatible with the new requirement:
Messaging Unlimited for Families
Messaging and Data Unlimited
Data Unlimited & Navigator
International Long Distance Text Messaging Plan & Data Unlimited
Messaging 1500 & International Long Distance Text Messaging Plan
Messaging 1500 & Data Unlimited
Customers that signed up with the above devices that signed up before the requirement went into effect are not affected, although customers wishing to upgrade to the above devices will then be subject to the new requirement.