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07-22-2013, 12:21 PM #1
AT&T to Launch Two New Mobile Share Data Plans
AT&T recently announced the launch of two new Mobile Share Plan Options, including a 300 MB and a 2 GB data plan, both of which include unlimited talk and text. Originally introduced last summer, AT&Tís Mobile Share service plans are designed to allow users to share monthly data allotments across multiple devices. The plans come with both a monthly data cost and a per-device charge that ranges from $10 to $45 based on the data plan selected and the type of device.
The companyís Mobile Share plans previously started at 1 GB of shared data and then jumped to 4 GB, so the new options give customers who use less data additional pricing choices. The 300 MB option is available for $20 per month with a $50 charge per smartphone, bringing the total plan cost to $70 per month, while the 2 GB option costs $50, with a $45 charge per smartphone, for a total cost per month of $95.
As AT&T continues to roll out additional Mobile Share plans, its early upgrade pricing has also been gaining additional attention. A recent report from Gotta Be Mobile points out that a number of AT&T customers have begun receiving early device upgrade options, which appear to be part of the 24-month upgrade policy that AT&T introduced last month. The company has offered similar early upgrade discounts in the past as well.
Many AT&T iPhone customers have logged in and found themselves eligible for a discount on an upgrade. According to AT&T, users that have completed at least six months of their contracts should be eligible for a partial discount off of the full retail price of a new device. It is however unclear how AT&T is giving out early upgrades as it appears to be limited to an upgrade on a phone brand that is already in use. For example, an iPhone user can only get an early upgrade option to another iPhone. Other users claim to not receive an early upgrade discount at all.
AT&Tís new Mobile Share plans are said to be available beginning on July 26th for those of you interested in using them.
Source: AT&T, Gotta Be Mobile
07-22-2013, 12:53 PM #2
I don't get how this is beneficial to a normal family plan. In their commercials they act like it's so much cheaper for families when it is way more expensive.
07-22-2013, 01:14 PM #3
I have 4 iPhones on my plan all with grandfathered unlimited data, 750min per month shared (we have over 6000 rollover), unlimited texting, and free mobile to any mobile. My bill is $216 a month. With these new plans, the 2GB option would cost me a minimum of $230 a month. They should be focused on getting people to switch to AT&T from other carriers but instead all the people who have been with their carrier for a while aren't going anywhere because all the new "great" options are so much more expensive. To get what I have, I would have to pay almost double anywhere else and I am sure there are Verizon customers who can say the same thing about their plans.
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07-22-2013, 01:40 PM #4
Am I missing something here?
My wife and I have two iPhones, two separate data plans. Using the current data plans, we could each pay $30/month and each get 3GB/month, a total of $60/month and 6GB/month.
Using the Mobile Share, we could share 4GB/month for $110/month. How is this better??
Also, it's unclear to me the cost structure: does each mobile device add on the "Cost per Smartphone" price? If so, it's a complete ripoff.
This only seems to barely, possibly make any sense if you're getting 10-15+ GB/month and get rid of your landline and land bandwidth (DSL, cable, whatever), and setup a mobile device in your home as a WiFi point.
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07-22-2013, 01:41 PM #5
3 smartphones with 300 mb data (no unlimited throttles) for $180 a month. Ripoff
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07-22-2013, 01:51 PM #6
Wow, that's some pricey data.
Clinging to my unlimited data on AT&T until they strip it from my cold dead hands.
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07-22-2013, 02:39 PM #7
Buddy of mine that works in a call center that provides CS support for Verzion and ATT, rumor/word thru the grape-wine is ATT maybe bring back Unlimited data. I asked how he became of this info? and he told me. But as i told him? Until it comes from ATT mouth? Its just rumor, but that just me tho. Plus i have my GF'ed unlimited.
07-22-2013, 03:29 PM #8
The price per smartphone should be 30.00 each, regardless which data plan is chosen. Cost the same on all smartphones.
300mb plan is being charged over 60.00 per GB. The 3GB (non-shared) is 30.00 making it 10.00 per GB. So every package should break down to 10.00 per GB at the most. You don't get that price until you hit 20GB a month. What a bunch of crooks.
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07-22-2013, 04:16 PM #10
I pay $53/month for unlimited calls, unlimited text/mms, unlimited data (throttled at 10Gb), and a free extra sim card, to share data with a laptop/iPad/smartphone.
I do live in Denmark though, but really every time I see an article on here about the prices for mobile data in the US, I literally scream at the computer screen, because it's so redicules!
Oh yeah, and I get free internet tethering on my phone too. Just one more reason I'm never moving to the United States :P
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07-23-2013, 09:31 AM #13
No offense but AT&T NEVER gives users a deal. They use clever advertising to lure you in and BAM..you are coming out of your pocket. Beware of all of the new clever "you can upgrade your phone whenever you want BS" Since Tmo announced it they are all following suit.
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