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The plans allow customers to add up to 10 devices to a single data plan with unlimited talk and text as well

AT&T is following in the footsteps of Verizon by unveiling Mobile Share plans, which offers customers another choice in the way of data, talk and text.

AT&T's Mobile Share plans aim to allow customers to share a single plate of data across various devices like smartphones and tablets. Unlimited talk and text are added to that chunk of data as well.

The idea behind the new plans is to give customers better control over what device they choose to use with their data bucket, and how they choose to use it. These plans consolidate data and give customers the option to use their one large chunk of data on any mobile device.

“We offer customers a broad choice and the best lineup of plans, now enhanced by Mobile Share,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. “With these new plans, the more you share, the more you save. They’ll be a good fit for a variety of new and existing customers. But if customers want to stay on their current plan or choose from our existing plans, they can do that, too. It’s their choice. 

“Today we think of people’s smartphones and tablets sharing a bucket of data. But in the future we’ll see health care monitors, connected cars, security systems and other devices in the home all connected to the mobile Internet,” said Christopher. “Our Mobile Share plans are simple, easy and a great value for individuals or families with multiple mobile Internet devices.”

Customers can choose one of the new Mobile Share plans without having to sign a contract extension, but they are not required to switch to one of these plans. For those that do want to switch, all they have to do is choose how much data they want per month and tie up to 10 devices (one must be a smartphone) to their new Mobile Share plan. Each Mobile Share plan includes unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones or basic messaging phones. They also include tethering.

Here is the pricing table for Mobile Share plans:


The new Mobile Share plans will be available in late August.

Just last month, Verizon revealed its "Share Everything" plans, which is basically the same exact idea as AT&T's Mobile Share plans. Customers can purchase "buckets" of data and add various mobile devices to the plan with unlimited talk and text.

Source: AT&T



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RE: This Just In
By nafhan on 7/18/2012 12:06:12 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah... except that "can they provide unlimited?" is not the concern here. Obviously, every network is going to have a maximum limit on capacity. These new plans appear to primarily be designed around increasing prices while misleading customers regarding what they are getting.

If network capacity was the real concern, they could offer unlimited plans at are a reasonable price with the understanding that the heaviest users will be the first to get throttled on a network segment that is near capacity.

Instead, they are charging people more for similar (or less) service, while trying to convince the customers that they are getting a good deal (and it's for their own benefit!). That's the problem.

Obviously, the carriers can (generally) charge whatever they like for the service they provide. It's just worth pointing out that their stated reasons for doing so are mostly lies with just enough truth to make the lies plausible.

Anyway, like you said, not much in the way of alternatives, so I'll probably continue paying :(


RE: This Just In
By FITCamaro on 7/18/2012 2:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
They're offering less access for more because every day, new smartphones which use data are added to their network. They're trying to control how fast that data usage is growing because they can't keep up with demand.

Don't get me wrong, I think the prices are high. But ultimately, you have the choice to decide if it's worth it. Either you do and continue paying for it, or you don't.

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Obviously, the carriers can (generally) charge whatever they like for the service they provide.


Except we have people on here who want the government to step in and tell carriers what they can charge for data.


RE: This Just In
By nafhan on 7/18/2012 4:42:26 PM , Rating: 1
Right. Again, "less for more" isn't really the problem so much as the lying about the reasons why they're doing this.
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They're offering less access for more because every day, new smartphones which use data are added to their network. They're trying to control how fast that data usage is growing because they can't keep up with demand.
Actually, that's just what they're saying is happening. I'm not convinced that the demand growth is exceeding availability in a way that warrants this kind of action. My opinion is that there are other actions they could take if the only goal was to ensure adequate throughput over the network, and that they're making these changes mostly because they think it's a good balance between bringing in more money and not driving to many customers away.

Regardless, the only thing we can say with certainty about this situation is that prices are going up for most users of these services.


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