AT&T Mobile Share: Who's it good for?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by spblat, Oct 18, 2012.


Do you use AT&T's Mobile Share plan?

  1. Yes.

  2. No.

  3. My cat's breath smells like cat food.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    Who saves money by switching to AT&T's shared data plan?

    The numbers don't remotely add up for me:

    • $60 700 family minutes
    • $30 unlimited family messaging
    • $50 my data, 5 GB with mobile hotspot
    • $25 my wife's grandfathered data, 2GB
    • $30 son #1's iPhone data, 3 GB
    • $10 x 3 = $30, three family handsets, one being a dumbphone

    $225. 700 family minutes, $10 GB total data, Three iPhones and a dumbphone.

    • $120, 10GB Mobile Share
    • $30 x 3 = $90, three iPhones
    • $30, dumbphone

    $240. What do I get for that extra $15?

    • Unlimited family minutes (we don't come close to using 700)
    • Facetime over LTE
    • Mobile Hotspot for everyone
    • The ability to add an iPad to the account for $10

    Not worth it for us. I would have liked to save some money by sharing data, not pay more. Is there a scenario where folks save money, or isn't that the angle for AT&T?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2008
    Doesn't add up for me either. 5 iPhone's on a family plan

    FamilyTalk Nation 700 with Rollover $60.00
    Family Messaging Unlimited with Mobile to Any Mobile Calling $30.00
    Data Unlimited for iPhone 4G LTE $30.00
    FamilyTalk Nation 700 with Rollover $9.99
    DataPlus 200MB for iPhone $15.00
    FamilyTalk Nation 700 with Rollover $9.99
    DataPlus 200MB for iPhone $15.00
    FamilyTalk Nation 700 with Rollover $9.99
    DataPro 2GB for iPhone $25.00
    FamilyTalk Nation 700 with Rollover $9.99
    DataPro 2GB for iPhone $25.00

    Total $239.96 +tax

    Mobile Share 5 iPhones $150
    10GB's $120

    Total $270 + Tax

    $30 more and I lose my unlimited data??????
  3. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I agree that you are paying more with those share rip off plans.
    The only good thing is you can offiically tether with them and do facetime over 3G on AT&T.
    Thank you so much AT&T:rolleyes:
  5. macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    It isn't good for large groups with a low minute family plan.

    For us it is two iPhones and is $150 both ways, but mobile share is unlimited talk, and we don't have to switch anything if we need hotspot once in a while. We did lose 2GB of data total with mobile share, but we never go over 4GB total anyhow. Going to the 6GB shared would only be another $10.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007
    If u have grandma who likes to talk for hours at a time to 10-20 landline users (other grandmas) you will burn that 700 minute plan up fast regardless if you have a-list.

    Mobile share works for some. Doesn't work for others.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    If you talk a lot it works great. But most people don't talk a lot anymore, they use a lot of data. Which is exactly why AT&T and Verizon want to tier your data and make talk unlimited.
  8. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    Same here, I don't get it all. It's such a rip off and they make it like they are doing you a favor.
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2007
    This is why AT&T offers both and unlike Verizon didn't stop offering old plans
  10. macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    I pay the same amount for my shared data plan, but get more (AT&T).

    Before shared data plan:
    2 iPhone 4
    250MB data on one
    5GB data on the other
    1400 minutes with rollover
    1000 text messages on each


    After shared data plan:
    1 iPhone 5, 1 iPhone 4
    6GB data shared
    Unlimited talk
    Unlimited text

  11. macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2011
  12. macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2012
    I have 6 phones. Saved over $100 per month by going to shared data plan. More devices=more savings.
  13. macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2012
    Dam you must have a busy family ;)
  14. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Old bill:
    1) AT&T 1400 Family Share ~ $80 includes first line + $30 for unlimited messaging + $65 unlimited international data
    2) iPhone $10 + $30 data plan for unlimited (used per month 300MB)
    3) iPhone $10 + $30 data plan for 3GB (used per month 500MB)
    4) Smartphone $10 + $30 data plan for unlimited (used per month 400MB)

    That's $80+65+3*(10+30)=$295

    5) iPad 3GB plan for $30
    6) iPad 3GB plan for $30
    7) iPad 3GB plan for $30
    8) MiFi 5GB plan for $50
    9) LaptopConnect 5GB plan for $50

    For 5 data only individual lines (those are the minimum plans avalable for our usage needs on the iPad and MiFi and LaptopConnect only have the $50 plan) is $90 (for 3 iPads) + $100 for the two sharing plans [essentially].

    That's $190+$265=$485 a month. I use the iPad, but not the MiFI or the LaptopConnect at the same time. So that's pretty much a waste. My parents have the two other iPads I pay for and they use about 500-600MB a month. Again a big waste, but I can't go for the cheaper 300MB plan. I'm not teaching them jailbreaking, etc., so they can't tether and whatnot. If wanted to add tether to any of these lines, it would be a lot more.

    Now with MobileShare of $200 for 10GB (which is plenty); lets me give lines that are more data hungry more data, whereas lines that don't need data still have some.
    1) I broke off my first line to an individual for 450 minutes at $40 + $65 same data plan + $20 for unlimited messages = $125.
    2) 3 other smartphones for 3x $30 = $120.
    3) Now my iPads are only $10 each, for 3x $10 = $30
    4) MiFi and LaptopConnect is suppose to be $20 each, 2x $20 = $40

    My MobileShare is also $485 which evened out.

    Now what do I get? Everyone in the share is pooled data, so people who need it more have it whereas people who don't aren't wasting data. People can tether without dealing jailbreaking. My parents can FaceTime with 3G.

    Now I didn't take into my discounts, and various credits on my account. Overall I save about $20.
  15. macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2012
    Oh yea. 5 kids. 4 with phones. I needed 2 family plans to cover them since AT&T does not allow more than 5 phones on one plan. Until the shared data plans.
  16. macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
    I've been mulling this over too.

    Current plan with 3 iPhones
    50+30 unlimited
    10+30 unlimited
    10+20 300MB
    30 unl texts
    Total 180 + fees/tax

    We use 4MB tops in a month, usually less than 3MB.
    I have two iPads with data plans 55
    I have several wifi devices

    Shared 6MB plan
    Total 195 + fees/tax

    It's 15 more, but I can drop one iPad data plan at 20 and tether. My other is Verizon with tethering, so I am keeping that one.

    So for me, shared costs about the same, but I get tethering, which is something I value a lot...esp when I am on the road with my MBA. I am also thinking of getting an iPad mini, so tethering is again helpful. I don't like losing unlimited data, but it really isn't unlimited.

    I have not switched plans yet, but I think I am going to, mainly for tethering.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    $70 family talk 700min includes 2 lines
    $25 2GB
    $15 200mb $5 text
    $20 300mb
    3x $10 additonal lines
    $165 without fan, $141.25 with fan

    Mobile share 4GB
    $70 + $30 + 30 + 40 + 40 + 40 = $250 without fan, $232.5 with fan

    $90 + 30 + 30 + 35 + 35 + 35 = $255, $232.5 with fan

    $120 + 5x $30 = $270, $240 with fan

    We have 2 dumb phones and personally I feel it's a total rip off to pay $30 for each of them.

    In our case, going mobile share will increase our bill by $100. We will get a lot more we don't need (min, text).

    It's kind of meaningless to compare with other people. Those who currently use a lot of min or use a lot of text or having all smartphones will benefit from the new plan.
  18. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    If one wants to make apples to apples comparisons then one should really consider this. Adding hotspot to every line will tend to tip the scale in favor of the shared plan. Of course, people are just comparing what they have versus what the at&t shared plans offer (understandably). However, the OP's question was whether anyone in any situation save money.

    It shouldn't be inconceivable that a possibility exists even if it doesn't apply to you.

    ...and worth is an entirely different matter altogether. Worth is always highly subjective no matter what the topic.
  19. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    That's correct.
    To some it might be well worth it and save them money every month.
  20. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    It's good for at&t in closing the loophole that some of us use to upgrade to the newest iPhone yearly (to the tune of $9.99 per month or $120/year) by device swapping every other year.

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