The new changes will take effect in early next year. However, AT&T wouldn’t provide any additional info, as a clear data or financial plans.
Most bets at present time are that the carrier is looking to buy some time and appease its users. Verizon Wireless has already taken similar measures, while T-Mobile is currently facing a lawsuit due to its $200 early termination fee.
At present time, neither T-Mobile nor Sprint seem to plan similar changes, but with their rivals already taking this road, chances are they will follow soon. Or lose customers.