And the winner is? AT&T. And you thought I would say the consumer, right?
Just as bad as Verizon... This plan of AT&T's seems to be just as bad a Verizon's Share Your Wallet *ahem* Share Everything Plan.
wow... up front looks very expensive Just looking quickly it makes me feel that I'll be moving away from a smartphone and using data....
the pictue of competition if this is competition I would hate to see price fixing
Copycat So the "Screw Everyone" plan has been adopted by AT&T.
We will be hanging on to our VZW plan for a long, long time.
Palm Coast, FL
This is a joke. I was actually looking forward to shared data plans in hopes that maybe, just maybe it would simplify my life (wow, stupid I know).
These plans are so ridiculous. The fact that AT&T charges $30 a month for "dumb phones" who consume no data at all is pathetic.
I have an account with 5 lines - three smartphones and two dumb phones. If I were to switch to the shared 4 GB, my bill would go up at least $70 from where I'm at now.
It looks like I'll be exploring other options for my cell provider. It may just be time to look closer at Sprint.
RobIn Deo speramus.Premium
Press Statement Wrong Link? I think the link for the press statement is incorrect.
reply to biochemistry
actually, it has a name It's the "Pay More than Before" plan.
Hold on sprint At this rate all sprint has to do is make sure they stay in business. They only have to wait. Soon they will be getting a ton of new customers.
Typos Verizon does have more then 10gb plan, when you goto select a plan, you get more choices, also up to 20gb. Verizon plans are
10gb - $100
12gb - $110
14gb - $120
16gb - $130
18gb - $140
20gb - $150
Also, the ATT share plan is for 15gb, not 16gb, for $160
did anybody actually expect them to willingly lose revenue? So long as the market isn't mature and the carriers are still investing billions of dollars in network expansion/upgrades I think it's somewhat naive to expect them to roll out plans that would reduce their ARPU/APRA. There will be more room for them to compete on pricing while still delivering a satisfactory ROI when they aren't investing as much money in plant and equipment but that's many years into the future.
Kudos to AT&T for not screwing over grandfathered customers, though I think Verizon's unlimited plan is worth more given the difference in their traffic management practices. Personally I have a 3G-only phone, regularly use >5GB of data and I've yet to see any noticeable impact from Verizon's traffic management. Occasionally I'll see speed drops into the 40kbit/s to 80kbit/s range but they last less than a minute and then I'm back up to 600kbit/s or more.
I can only surmise that the occasional slowdowns are caused by other users downloading files and congesting the tower I'm on for short periods of time.
reply to gigahurtz
Re: This is a joke. Makes me wish for the good old "add a line for $9.99" days.
reply to majortom1029
Re: Hold on sprint Don't count on it. For better or worse the vast majority of consumers only use their phones for web browsing, e-mail and the occasional funny Youtube video clip. I manage dozens of smartphones for my employer and I've only got ONE user who regularly uses more than 1GB of data. Most of my users use <500MB and our average is around 350MB.
People around here can't grasp the concept that the average consumer doesn't see much of an impact from data caps and overages, be it on landline or wireless.
scotsAre we there yet??Premium
Incorrect Pricing Mentioned There is no $5 off per smartphone as this article mentions. The price per smartphone starts at $45 and gradually drops down to $30 per smart phone depending on the amount of shared data you select for your plan. The number of smartphones has no affect on price per phone. You can have 5 smartphones and select 1GB of data to share between the 5, and it's $45 per phone for all 5 smartphones. Select 10GB to share instead, and it's $30 per phone for all 5 smartphones.
Comparison of AT&T & Verizon share plans
reply to trparky
Re: Just as bad as Verizon... Gee, I thought all along that Verizon's plan was called Pay Everything...
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reply to cool_coda
Re: wow... up front looks very expensive ...or just use Virgin Mobile at $35-$55 per month, depending on how many minutes you need. Granted, Sprint's network sucks in some areas, but give them time to upgrade to Network Vision and you'll get a couple Mbps on 3G, which will top out at 2.5GB for high speed vs. much less for VZ or AT&T's cheaper plans.
reply to o2cool8
Re: Typos Thanks, didn't realize that. Verizon's original announcement only went up to 10 GB.
reply to ShellMMG
Re: Copycat So VZW has Pay Everything and AT&T has Screw Everyone...:)
Sooo... If i want 4GB for 1 cell phone only, i would pay $70 + $40 = $110
Shit, if so i can get rid of my # and just do google voice or other SIP forwarding to my phone.
I dont need sms messaging nor "unlimited" talk... All my messaging is done via google voice, google talk, g+ messanger, what'sApp and gmail.
Would this be possible with these data plans...? Meaning that you would be buying Data access only, correct?