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  • AT&T No Longer Offering Traditional Capped-Per-Device Data Plans to New Customers


    To acknowledge the increasing number of consumers who have more than one data consuming mobile device, AT&T recently announced that it will no longer offer traditional capped-per-device data plans to new customers. The company will instead steer them toward one of the company’s Mobile Share plans.

    Instead of choosing individual voice or data plans for each device on a customer’s account, Mobile Share offers consumers unlimited voice calling and text messaging alongside a pooled data allowance that applies up to ten devices. AT&T introduced Mobile Share last year and says that their offering has quickly become the plan chosen most often by new customers, with more than 13 million connected devices.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Mobile Share plans are offered in 11 tiers ranging from 300 megabytes to 50 gigabytes for between $20 and $500 per month, each connected device requires a separate monthly fee. Smartphones can be added to the plans for roughly $30 and $50 per month, while tablets, wireless home phones, laptops and basic “dumb phones” are an additional $10, $20, $20 and $30 per month respectively.

    The carrier says that “the way customers use their phones and other devices has changed – a lot,” and as a result, Mobile Share offers more amenities for the same or better price as discrete plans in 95% of new customers cases. The new plans can be a boon for iPhone and iPad owners who are known to consume significantly more data than other smartphone users. Existing customers will be grandfathered in and will not be required to change to a Mobile Share plan, even if they upgrade their device. While Mobile Share may shave a small percentage off of a customer’s monthly bill, those with years-old unlimited data plans are often reluctant to trade them in for less costly metered plans.

    Source: AT&T
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T No Longer Offering Traditional Capped-Per-Device Data Plans to New Customers started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Here's a not-so-hypothetical example:

      1) Family of four. Two smartphones with AT&T's definition of "unlimited" data. Two smartphones with 3 Gb/month. $60 for the FamilyTalk Nation 700 plan. $30/phone for the data. $10 for 2nd and subsequent phone(s) = $210 + tax.

      2) Family of four. Four smartphones with 10 Gb of shared data on a mobile share plan. $120/month + $30/smartphone= $240 + tax.

      And this isn't a fair comparison, because the former plan offers 12 Gb total of unthrottled data. But let's say you don't use much data - the 6Gb Mobile Share plan still works out $20 more expensive.

      I wonder why AT&T's plans stop at $500/month for data? Surely there must be families out there in these affluent times willing and able to pay thousands of dollars/month to AT&T for a bit of extra data? Or the ability to tether a Bluetooth connection so that they can legally stream Pandora or iTune's radio to their car's stereo?!?

      Did I ever mention that I hate AT&T?
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      I wonder why AT&T's plans stop at $500/month for data? Surely there must be families out there in these affluent times willing and able to pay thousands of dollars/month to AT&T for a bit of extra data? Or the ability to tether a Bluetooth connection so that they can legally stream Pandora or iTune's radio to their car's stereo?!?

      Did I ever mention that I hate AT&T?
      I don't think you understand what bluetooth tethering is.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by onski View Post
      Mine too, as so as my wife, now on my 5s been using almost 15g of data every billing cycle.
      Good Lord...what are you doing? The ONLY way I could come close to that much data is if I cancelled my home internet and used TetherMe to turn my phone into a hotspot...and even when I did try that for a month I only used 4 or 5 GB of data (but I don't stream movies).

      I was actually grandfathered into unlimited data, but changed to the 2 GB plan a couple of years ago when I realized I would save money that way since I so seldom break the 2 GB limit.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      I don't think you understand what bluetooth tethering is.
      No, AT&T doesn't understand what Bluetooth tethering is.

      Numerous AT&T customers were told by AT&T reps that they needed to purchase a tethering plan in order to stream Pandora through their car's stereo. AT&T went through a stage of very aggressively (and very unethically) trying to push tethering plans on its customers.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      No, AT&T doesn't understand what Bluetooth tethering is.

      Numerous AT&T customers were told by AT&T reps that they needed to purchase a tethering plan in order to stream Pandora through their car's stereo. AT&T went through a stage of very aggressively (and very unethically) trying to push tethering plans on its customers.
      Those customers are idiots if they believed that.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      No, AT&T doesn't understand what Bluetooth tethering is.

      Numerous AT&T customers were told by AT&T reps that they needed to purchase a tethering plan in order to stream Pandora through their car's stereo. AT&T went through a stage of very aggressively (and very unethically) trying to push tethering plans on its customers.
      I Bluetooth pandora to my car stereo for free all the time, has nothing to do with AT&T.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      Those customers are idiots if they believed that.
      Many people had no choice - AT&T just switched them to a tethering plan!!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I Bluetooth pandora to my car stereo for free all the time, has nothing to do with AT&T.
      I give up trying to explain this one
    1. onski's Avatar
      onski -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      Good Lord...what are you doing? The ONLY way I could come close to that much data is if I cancelled my home internet and used TetherMe to turn my phone into a hotspot...and even when I did try that for a month I only used 4 or 5 GB of data (but I don't stream movies).

      I was actually grandfathered into unlimited data, but changed to the 2 GB plan a couple of years ago when I realized I would save money that way since I so seldom break the 2 GB limit.
      Haha i know that sounds a lot of data usage. Im out on the road most of the time so i stream music all day, tether to my laptop sometimes (that was before i have my 5s) and listen to news and music from my home country. I cut off my call and message plan as most of my friends and family uses iphone so it make sense to make use of my unlimitted data for calls and text. Better make use of it while it last..
    1. lilpetabread's Avatar
      lilpetabread -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I Bluetooth pandora to my car stereo for free all the time, has nothing to do with AT&T.
      You're an idiot, ma'am. Really.
    1. onski's Avatar
      onski -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      Remember AT&T doesn't really have " unlimited".. Never had. You're throttled at 5GB. Verizon after 2011 has had true unlimited.
      This only affects me when streaming high quality videos, not a problem with music apps like pandora and likes and browsing youtube. Its still unlimited when you're enable to do these past 5g and still manage to use 15g in one billing cycle.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by onski View Post
      This only affects me when streaming high quality videos, not a problem with music apps like pandora and likes and browsing youtube. Its still unlimited when you're enable to do these past 5g and still manage to use 15g in one billing cycle.
      Also you can't get a subsidized price for the phone if you want to keep your unlimited on verizon.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      Also you can't get a subsidized price for the phone if you want to keep your unlimited on Verizon.
      Yeah.. Smart business move on Verizon's part - TERRIBLE customer relations move. This is the single biggest reason people flock from Verizon to AT&T these days..
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilpetabread View Post
      You're the best, Really.
      Thanks buddy
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      Mobile Share is advantageous to my family of 5. I'm paying $270 for 5 iPhones and 10Gb of shared data. That works out to $54/line. And the fact that one of my daughters uses 4-5 Gb data/month means no overages.

      While this is a "better" deal than traditional plans, I still think I'm getting raped by AT&T.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      Mobile Share is advantageous to my family of 5. I'm paying $270 for 5 iPhones and 10Gb of shared data. That works out to $54/line. And the fact that one of my daughters uses 4-5 Gb data/month means no overages.

      While this is a "better" deal than traditional plans, I still think I'm getting raped by AT&T.
      My plan's about the same with AT&T.. I have 5 phones (one non-smartphone for grandparent) and a shared plan of 6GB.. We never go over.. And I'm paying $280.. Wonder why mine is $10 MORE than yours and only at 6GB... Hmm.. Will need to call AT&T on that one..

      I think the price is 'fair-ish'.. and over time - look at what all the cell carriers have had to give up.. No more 'text message overage' fees.. No more 'any time minutes' - it's all unlimited.. except Data.. They know that's their cash cow. But they're a business.. It's what businesses do - make money. Competition has been good for us - the end user. Wish they could do that with Health Insurance.. LOL!!
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by zrevai View Post
      I'm just glad AT&T has let me keep my iPhone Unlimited Data since my Original iPhone and I've kept it through my iPhone 3G, 3Gs, 4, & 5.
      Same here. I've had mine with my 3GS, 4S and now with my Galaxy S4. I don't usually use too much but it's nice to not have to worry about it. I've recently been using it a lot because I'm tracking all of my runs.

      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      Also you can't get a subsidized price for the phone if you want to keep your unlimited on verizon.
      Damn, that's some BS right there. Glad AT&T hasn't started pulling this crap yet.
    1. rjkgr's Avatar
      rjkgr -
      i still got my unlimited plan haha and im loving it everyday! and if they try to take it off im done with smartphones haha but to flip phone or nokia for snake game
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      Mobile Share is advantageous to my family of 5. I'm paying $270 for 5 iPhones and 10Gb of shared data. That works out to $54/line. And the fact that one of my daughters uses 4-5 Gb data/month means no overages.

      While this is a "better" deal than traditional plans, I still think I'm getting raped by AT&T.
      The FamilyTalk Nation 700 plan would cost you $250 per month. Why are you happy to be paying $20 more and having only 5 Gb to share between the four remaining family members??

      As long as you realize you're being raped, you may just as well lie back, relax and enjoy it ;-)
    1. lilpetabread's Avatar
      lilpetabread -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      Thanks buddy
      If that's what I said, why did you not "like" my post ?
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Ok did a look

      700 min 120 with unlimited Fam tex 3 gb Iphone

      40 3gb Iphone
      40 3gb Iphone
      40 unlimited GF Iphone

      So about 240 Fam plan with 9 gb at 90 and unlimited Data at 30 = 120 for just the data but our bill before tax is 240 with tax about 264

      About 66 an Iphone with tax AT&T

      The new plan would be less data and cost more!