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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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AT&T Announces Massive 30-50GB Mobile Shared Data Plans




AT&T today unveiled three new shared data plans aimed at businesses, offering 30GB, 40GB, and 50GB of data, along with unlimited calls and texts.

The plans, which begin at $300, also come alongside new Mobile Share - Data only and Business Pooled Nation for Data plans for business customers.
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The new plans make it even easier and more affordable to work or play on the go, whether that be taking mobile payments, controlling inventory, downloading videos, managing fleets, or navigating unfamiliar streets.
For consumers, AT&T's new plans are limited to 10 devices. Businesses can add 15 devices for 30GB plans, 20 devices for 40GB plans, and 25 devices for 50GB plans.

Additional devices, such as iPads and basic phones, can be added for an extra monthly fee, and AT&T also requires the same $30 per smartphone that customers must pay for other data plans. A 50GB plan with 10 smartphones would run approximately $800 per month or $1250 per month for 25 smartphones.

As for Mobile Share - Data, businesses and consumers can now purchase data only plans for tablets and laptops that range from 4GB to 50GB ($30 to $335 per month), and with Business Pooled Nation for Data, businesses in need of more than 25 devices are able to purchase data buckets from 300MB to 10GB.

Previously, AT&T's plans maxed out at 20GB of data for $200 per month.

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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:44 PM   #2
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I'm sure by "Massive" you mean the price?
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Not bad when you consider their Business voice plans that is not unlimited and has no data or text.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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I'm sure by "Massive" you mean the price?
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:46 PM   #5
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Hey AT&T....

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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:46 PM   #6
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i have no idea how anyone could use that much data per month on a mobile device or while tethering a laptop on the road
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I don't think this is that great a deal. I think the share plans for consumers are a decent deal if you have the right numbers of devices. But with these plans, essentially you will be paying a minimum of $20 per device, per month. Many businesses with large volumes of lines can get pretty solid discounts and only be paying $23-$25 for individual data plans. So it really comes out to $20 for 500 mb of data per user or ~$25 for 3 GB of data per user. Granted, this may make more sense where you have very disproportionate usage differences between users, but overall I think the device caps really limit the value here.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:48 PM   #8
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Considering that it's only $30 for unlimited data with no throttling on Sprint, and on AT&T a few years ago, this is pretty ridiculous.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:50 PM   #9
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I don't understand carriers. Why not just competitively price unlimited data?
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I'm amazed you Yanks stand for this sort of thing. It's not unusual for us humble, buck-toothed Brits to get unlimited data, unlimited texts and unlimited talktime for an average of 35-40 a month (about $60). And that's with paying about 60 upfront for the iPhone 5, so it's not exactly like you're paying through the nose.

I appreciate all carriers are thieving immoral bastards, but you guys seem to have it a lot worse than we do. Is there something I'm missing, or do we have it just as bad?
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:53 PM   #11
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Bargain..

I wonder how many government groups are forking out on this rip off scam, milk em dry.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 02:55 PM   #12
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I'm amazed you Yanks stand for this sort of thing. It's not unusual for us humble, buck-toothed Brits to get unlimited data, unlimited texts and unlimited talktime for an average of 35-40 a month (about $60). And that's with paying about 60 upfront for the iPhone 5, so it's not exactly like you're paying through the nose.

I appreciate all carriers are thieving immoral bastards, but you guys seem to have it a lot worse than we do. Is there something I'm missing, or do we have it just as bad?
I'm not sure if my reason justify, but the first thing I can think of is that the US is 75 times larger then England in land mass. So when we talk about national coverage vs. England national coverage. We are talking about a lot of more tower's. Also, if one is cleaver enough, one would enter into a family (or with friends) plan, I'm paying pretty much the same amount you are in a family plan.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 03:05 PM   #14
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Why are data plans so expensive in the US?

When all the UK networks launch their 4G services later this year, I'm expecting to pay maybe 30 or 40 a month for an unlimited 4G data plan on iPhone which I just tether to my MBP.
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I'm not sure if my reason justify, but the first thing I can think of is that the US is 75 times larger then England in land mass. So when we talk about national coverage vs. England national coverage. We are talking about a lot of more tower's. Also, if one is cleaver enough, one would enter into a family (or with friends) plan, I'm paying pretty much the same amount you are in a family plan.
That's a good point, I never really saw it that way. But if you see this, you'll see just how comparatively cheap it is: ****************iirVd

(not sure if that link will work over the pond?)

I mean, I'd understand if it seemed perhaps 10 or 20 more than over here. But $300 (200) per month for unlimited talk, texts and 30GB of data? I genuinely can't comprehend that. I keep having to re-read it to sink in. How do your carriers get away with that? I thought we had it bad

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I don't understand carriers. Why not just competitively price unlimited data?
Because they don't have to. They are all making a killing already
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I don't have the source to back it up, but I heard that in Europe a lot of the infrastructure for wireless is paid by the government so not really apples to apples comparison. But anyhow, something truly wrong in the US on pricing. Too much consolidation has occurred over the last decade and the only two carriers that can throw their weight around right now are AT&T and Verizon. Sprint and tmobile need to catch up. Also in the US prepaid market not as big as job Europe.

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Don't worry US users...you're more expensive price plans are more than offset by the premium we pay over Apple products here in the UK.
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i have no idea how anyone could use that much data per month on a mobile device or while tethering a laptop on the road
I don't either, but a business with 30 phones would.
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Those prices make me so glad i don't live in the U.S. Not being a "my country is better than the U.S." hipster, but damn.. that is expensive
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I'm amazed you Yanks stand for this sort of thing. It's not unusual for us humble, buck-toothed Brits to get unlimited data, unlimited texts and unlimited talktime for an average of 35-40 a month (about $60). And that's with paying about 60 upfront for the iPhone 5, so it's not exactly like you're paying through the nose.

I appreciate all carriers are thieving immoral bastards, but you guys seem to have it a lot worse than we do. Is there something I'm missing, or do we have it just as bad?
It all comes down to tea.

It's a little-known fact that Verizon and AT&T are owned by the British Royal Family. They use this absurd pricing scheme as punishment for us breaking away back in the late 1700s. I wish they'd just get over it - it's been more than two centuries, after all - but man that Queen Elizabeth can sure hold a grudge!
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I'm not sure if my reason justify, but the first thing I can think of is that the US is 75 times larger then England in land mass. So when we talk about national coverage vs. England national coverage. We are talking about a lot of more tower's. Also, if one is cleaver enough, one would enter into a family (or with friends) plan, I'm paying pretty much the same amount you are in a family plan.
Bigger country = more customers (should)= cheaper rates


Deals in Europe are unbelievably cheap compared to the US
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 03:27 PM   #23
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$500 for 50GB shared? What the hell, America?

Are you going to allow these corporations to rip you off and just take it? You should band together and boycott AT&T and others. Surely you could file a class-action suit through the Department of Justice because this is blatantly profiteering in a cartel with other major networks through the use of monopoly power.

Unlimited data for 12 / ~$18 here in the UK.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 03:29 PM   #24
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And yet i get unlimited data for 12.90
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 03:30 PM   #25
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And I can still get unlimited data, text and voice for $55 a month from Virgin Mobile. AT&T just doesn't get it.
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