I’m not fond of “A-Lists,” but I’ll happily make an exception for this one. Today, AT&T (s t) announced unlimited calls to numbers on your personal A-List, much like T-Mobile has done for some time with its “My Faves” program. AT&T is starting up the A-List on Sept. 20 at www.att.com/alist. There you can select up to five domestic phone numbers for your list — mobile or landline — and call them without using any of your plan minutes.
I really could have used this plan earlier this morning. After waking up at 4:30 a.m. on the West Coast, I called Barb at home on the East Coast and chatted for around a half hour. I used my Pre (s palm) on Sprint (s) because I have unlimited minutes with that plan. But Barb uses an iPhone 3GS (s aapl) with AT&T, so we ate up 30 minutes from our shared family plan. Aside from adding my Sprint number to her A-List, I fully expect we’ll add my Google Voice (s goog) number as well. That way, I can be reached on any phone I’m carrying, and it still won’t use our monthly minutes.
To qualify for the A-List, AT&T says you’ll need an individual Nation plan of $59.99 a month or more. Also qualifying are Family Plans of $89.99 or more per month — those folks get to add 10 shared A-List numbers among the family phones.