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

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following Verizon's move to shared data plans last month, AT&T announced its own shift scheduled for late August. The new system offers a similar setup to Verizon's, with all plans including unlimited talk and text and monthly service pricing being based simply on the total data allotment and number and type of devices being used.

    One wrinkle for AT&T's plans is a decreasing monthly smartphone device access cost as customers step up to higher data plans. While Verizon charges a flat $40 per month per smartphone, AT&T's starts at $45 for customers using just 1 GB of data but decreases to as low as $30 for accounts with 10 GB of data or more per month. Access costs for other devices are the same between AT&T and Verizon, with feature phones requiring a flat fee of $30 per month, laptop connections $20, and tablets $10.

    AT&T undercuts Verizon at the simplest level with a single smartphone on a 1 GB data plan costing $85 per month ($40 data + $45 device), compared to $90 on Verizon ($50 data + $40 device), but adding additional smartphones to that 1 GB plan is more expensive on AT&T ($45 versus $40). Verizon's and AT&T's pricing are identical at the 4 GB level, while AT&T again takes the lead on higher-level plans with more data and devices. As an example, an account with four smartphones sharing 10 GB of data would cost $240 per month on AT&T ($120 data + 4 x $30 devices) versus $260 on Verizon ($100 data + 4 x $40 devices).

    AT&T is launching its new plans as of "late August", and current customers will not be required to switch to shared data, although they may do so without extending the length of their contracts. New customers will have the option of selecting from the new shared data plans or the carrier's existing individual or family plans.

    Article Link: AT&T to Begin Offering Shared Data Plans in Late August
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2010
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    So if you're on the 450 Minutes plan, with unlimited text and 3GB of data, your bill just went up $20/month.


    Can someone please make a prepaid that doesn't suck?
  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    What laptops can you buy that have cellular data built in?
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    I *think* I am saving money by going with the shared data if this truly does include unlimited minutes and messaging from reading this post. There has to be a gotcha, seems to good to be true.

    Currently we pay for two lines:
    700 minutes - $70, unlimited messaging - $30, 1st iPhone w/2gb of data - $25, 2nd iPhone w/300mb of data - $20, Total bill is $145.

    So with the shared data plans I could go with the 4gb plan for $110 for two iPhones, correct?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    So I can pay $25 more a month and have less data. Right now I pay $90 for an iphone with unlimited data 1000txt, and a basic phone. I'd pay $40+$45+30 = $105. What a deal.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2010
    What about the hot spot, will it be included and, if so, at what data level?
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    Aberdeen, UK
    I like the carriers responding to customer demands but am I the only one who'd assume there'd be a saving to be made...?
  9. macrumors regular


    May 1, 2006
    Republic of Texas
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    You are able to purchase USB aircards for cellular use.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    It would be $70+40+40 = $150
  12. macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2007
    Incorrect. You would be paying $70 + $40 + $40 = total of $150. Didja really think AT&T would allow you to save money?
    This is price signaling/collusion at its finest folks. Welcome to corporate America.
  13. macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Back of the envelope calculation for my family, which has two iPhones and an iPad, suggest the monthly bill will be about the same, but with a lot more data (and flexibility).

    Pretty much what I expected. Not awesome, but significantly better.
  14. macrumors regular


    May 1, 2006
    Republic of Texas

    This might be why ATT declined to comment on the rumor of charging for FaceTime over cellular.

    My .02.
  15. macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2007

    I didn't see anything about the cost (if there is one) to tether my smartphone (ie. use my iPhone as a hotspot for my laptop, iPad, etc).

  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    With these plans it kinda kills the market for Laptops with Cell data built in or those laptop connect cards or even 3G/4G Tablets because now that tethering is included with your pool of data you can tether the requried smart phone to a laptop or tablet.
  17. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2009
    it's $45 per device so it would be $70 for the 4gb, plus $45 plus $45 equal $160 :(
    Tethering is included across all levels for mobile share that's what it says in the press release.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    No, it didn't. If you're on the 450 minute plan with unlimited text and 3GB of data, you're *still* on the 450 minute plan with unlimited text and 3GB of data at exactly the same price.

    These are additional options, they're not replacing the existing plans.
  19. AidenShaw, Jul 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2012

    macrumors G5


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    Look at any business laptop - the Latitudes, ThinkPads, EliteBooks all have 3G/4G options. It's been a common offering since about 2006.

  20. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    So keep your existing plan. (Also, $105-$90 is a $15 difference, not $25. :D )
  21. macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    Why do I have the feeling my bill is about to get jacked up?
  22. macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2010
    ...or over the air updates (trafficjams etc) for your new to come 7.85" navigationdevice... :eek:
  23. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    $40-$45 a month

    or go virgin for as low as $30 a month

    i'm on wifi 90% of the time so i would go to Virgin's crappy network just to save some cash.

    i'm at the point where i'm even going to keep my iphone for 3 years or maybe longer. there is still lots of software that says ios 3 or 4 required so it's not like you need the latest all the time. Siri is crap and i have it turned off. don't play a lot of games.

    Apple and Samsung need to share the blame too for their ridiculous prices. $649 for a phone that's costs less than $200 to make including parts. lets see how the stock price holds up when people go prepaid and keep their phones for more than 2 years. or just buy cheaper phones

    not like you need quad core to run evernote or facebook and listen to spotify
  24. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    HOW MUCH? ha u guys are getting screwed from both ends! Such a big market yet everything seems so expensive. Wheres the competition?
  25. macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Irvine, California
    My plan would be two smartphones and one iPad on about 6 gigs of data.

    Current plan: (family share 700 two phones both with unlimited data (3gb))
    First phone and Minutes: $70
    First phone data plan: $30
    Second Phone: $10
    Second Phone Data Plan: $30
    Unlimited Texting: $20
    2GB iPad data plan: $30
    Total: $190

    The stupid part is I barely use 1GB on my phones and burn it up on the iPad.

    Verizon Shared:
    $80 + $40 + $40 + $10 = $170

    AT&T Shared:
    $90 + $35 + $35 + $10 = $170

    This way I would have about 4GB for the iPad and the total cost would be about $20 less.

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