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  • AT&T to Begin Offering Shared Data Plans in "Late August"


    AT&T recently announced its shift towards shared data plans, which is scheduled to take place in late August. The move was inevitable following Verizonís move to shared data plans just last month, The companyís new system offers a similar setup to that of Verizonís, with all plans including unlimited talk, text, and monthly service pricing being based on the total data cap chosen and number of devices being used.



    AT&T stated the following:

    With AT&T Mobile Share plans, customers start by choosing how much data they want each month, then choose up to 10 devices to attach to their shared plan, one of which must be a smartphone. Each plan includes tethering and unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones and basic or quick messaging phones. The larger the data bucket you choose, the less you pay per gigabyte and the less you pay for each smartphone added to the shared plan.
    One of the upsides to AT&Tís plans is the decreasing monthly smartphone device access cost as customers step up to higher data plans. Verizon currently charges a flat $40 per month per smartphone while AT&T starts at $45 for customers using 1GB of data but decreases to as low as $30 for accounts with 10GB of data or more per month. The access cost for other devices as the same between AT&T and Verizon with feature phones require a flat fee of $30 per month, laptop connections costing $20, and tablets costing $10.

    At the simplest level, AT&T undercuts Verizon with a single smartphone on a 1GB data plan costing $85 per month ($40 data + $45 device), compared to Verizonís $90 ($50 data + $40 device). Adding additional smartphones to the 1GB data plan is more expensive on AT&T though ($45 versus $40). At the 4GB level, both AT&T and Verizon pricing is identical but after this point, AT&T takes the lead on the higher-level plans with more data and devices. A quick example here would be an account which takes five smartphones sharing 10GB of data. On AT&T this would cost $120 + 5 x $30 per device, totaling to $270 compared to Verizonís $100 data + 5 x $40 per device, totaling to $300.

    The plans launch in ďlate AugustĒ and current customers wonít be required to switch to shared data, although they will have the option to do so without extending the length of their contracts. New customers will be given the option of choosing from the new shared data plans or the carrierís existing individual or family plans.

    Despite the plans being appealing, some users are still not content with AT&Tís ploy of squeezing money out of its customers. The mixed feelings come from what was recently revealed in iOS 6 beta 3 where it seems that 3G FaceTime fees might come to fruition for AT&T users.

    Source: AT&T
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T to Begin Offering Shared Data Plans in "Late August" started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Sucks
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      I think its time to go back to old school nokia... this smart phone deals are just getting more and more expensive.
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      This is worse than what I'm paying now. It's ridiculous.
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      To all ModMyi members: Don't fall into their trap! They are crooks!
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      AT&T really seems to be killing data I'm unsure why they have a stick up their butts with data.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Wow.......
      I believe that by the end of the year when T-Mobile launches their 1900 MHz 4G HSPA spectrum band around the country, there will be lines around the store full of dissatisfied/over charged AT&T customers switching.
    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      This scheme is more monetarily beneficial for Verizon and AT&T, but AT&T will not penalize those grandfathered into unlimited data. This is unfortunate since I find VZW coverage to be superior when traveling.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Was thinking just the other day about shared data on ATT and how I may be interested but no way at all now. I will stick with how I am setup now.

      1 gig for 45$ a month. Nope sorry.
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by STM127 View Post
      This scheme is more monetarily beneficial for Verizon and AT&T, but AT&T will not penalize those grandfathered into unlimited data. This is unfortunate since I find VZW coverage to be superior when traveling.
      What are you talking about Verizon doesn't penalize those grandfathered in. At least those grandfathered into Verizon's unlimited data plan can get a separate tethering feature without affecting your unlimited data.

      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Was thinking just the other day about shared data on ATT and how I may be interested but no way at all now. I will stick with how I am setup now.

      1 gig for 45$ a month. Nope sorry.
      It's an ok plan if you have many phones. For example 1gb cost 50 on Verizon but 8 cost 90. Think of the 30 buck 2 gig plans on individual lines. If that were 4 phones it would be 8, and data alone would be 120 bucks. So you save if you have many lines.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      a t & t is so big that it apparently doesn't even care that sprint offers unlimited data. i wonder what the attraction is for customers still signed with a t & t. probably has something to do with coverage. i don't get it.
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      The fact that they will offer the old plans to new customers is something I like. I sell cell phones for a living and it hurts business on Verizon's end because they no longer offer the old plans anymore. But since AT&T is willing to keep existing nationwide family and individual plans for existing and new customers it shows a better sense of business know how. As far as the people who are complaining about data costs just remember that it is shareable across each device and overall will save money for those who are on bigger family plans that can get more data for less. In time prices will go down I'm sure.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Unlimited data ftw.
    1. buttrr76's Avatar
      buttrr76 -
      glad im still have my grandfathered plan.. i have two phones on the unlimited date for 30 bucks each. i pay 150 a month for 2 iphones to have unlimited data along with 600 anytime mins.
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Unlimited data ftw.
      Ditto compadre
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      IMHO, this much nicer than Verizon.
      I have a family plan: $1400min of talk never use it but we go over 700min.

      1 iphone 4S unlimited data = $80 + $30 unlimited + $30 unlimited family txt= $140
      1 iphone 4 250mg data = $10 + $15=$25
      1 blackberry 250mg data= $10 +$15= $25
      Total= $190

      I Have 2 ipads= iPad 1 ($15for 250mg) and iPad3 ($30 for 3gb)=$45

      That's currently $190 + $45= $235/mo w/o taxes

      If I get 10GB--- 3 smartphones + 2 ipads= $180 +$20=$200. I dont think I have ever used 10gb on my iphone and ipad.

      Better for my family. I am not a heavy data user as I have wifi at home.
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      AT&T is pissing me off. I have unlimited and they throttle me like a mother. I've got the message once cause I went over 3gb in a month. I was ok I understood. Next bill cycle started June 24 and I've only used 1gb this month but they are throttling me AGAIN I know this because I have usually have 3 to 4 bars at home and it's usually around 5mb down, I have the 4S. And now it's around .40 mb down. That's BS!!
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Dataraping is simply offensive. It's an AT&T standard that I won't put up with anymore. I switched from at&t iPad 1 on unlimited to 5gb Verizon iPad 3. The thinking is that it doesn't matter how much data you can have if it takes forever to receive. Not only were unlimited 3G lines capped, they were severely throttled. Couldn't get anything to load. And I'm in Houston - a major AT&T hub!!
      Next iPhone I will definitely switch to Verizon. So happy with speed and ntwk quality. Sprint, however, I've had the same experience As with AT&T. Doesn't matter how much data you get if it doesn't get here today.
      Just my opinion!!
    1. DaddyofTheMacDaddy's Avatar
      DaddyofTheMacDaddy -
      Why can't AT&T just stop trying to rip off its customers? Have a unlimited everything like Sprint, Virgin...etc. WHy? Man I am glad I switched every time I see crap like this from those clowns.
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      Quote Originally Posted by ohthatguyagain View Post
      Dataraping is simply offensive. It's an AT&T standard that I won't put up with anymore. I switched from at&t iPad 1 on unlimited to 5gb Verizon iPad 3. The thinking is that it doesn't matter how much data you can have if it takes forever to receive. Not only were unlimited 3G lines capped, they were severely throttled. Couldn't get anything to load. And I'm in Houston - a major AT&T hub!!
      Next iPhone I will definitely switch to Verizon. So happy with speed and ntwk quality. Sprint, however, I've had the same experience As with AT&T. Doesn't matter how much data you get if it doesn't get here today.
      Just my opinion!!
      But Verizon is more expensive, no?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nealh View Post
      IMHO, this much nicer than Verizon.
      I have a family plan: $1400min of talk never use it but we go over 700min.

      1 iphone 4S unlimited data = $80 + $30 unlimited + $30 unlimited family txt= $140
      1 iphone 4 250mg data = $10 + $15=$25
      1 blackberry 250mg data= $10 +$15= $25
      Total= $190

      I Have 2 ipads= iPad 1 ($15for 250mg) and iPad3 ($30 for 3gb)=$45

      That's currently $190 + $45= $235/mo w/o taxes

      If I get 10GB--- 3 smartphones + 2 ipads= $180 +$20=$200. I dont think I have ever used 10gb on my iphone and ipad.

      Better for my family. I am not a heavy data user as I have wifi at home.
      Yea but wouldn't the iPads have to come with the 10$ since each device added comes with the 10/month thing.

      I have 2 iphones with data plans and 2 normal phones no data. Unlimited calls to any cellphones (which that is pretty much all we call) and the A-List for the few land lines we call regurally. Unlmited family text. 160$/month.