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C-Spire Announces Shared Data Plans
Unlimited Text, Voice, Data Plans Starting at $50 for 1 GB
by Karl Bode 04:32PM Thursday Nov 29 2012 Tipped by FFH See Profile
C-Spire will be following in AT&T and Verizon's footsteps and offering users a shared data plan. The company, formerly known as Cellular South, will effectively mirror the plans already put forth by both AT&T and Verizon, offering users unlimited text and data, but charging users not only more for data but a per-device connection fee. C-Spire is doing one thing slightly different by following in prepaid's footsteps and offering data users additional buckets of bytes as opposed to per gigabyte overage fees. Verizon and AT&T charge a whopping $15 per gigabyte should users go over their usage allowance.

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According to the C Spire press release and website, the new plans offer users unlimited voice and text, with data plans ranging from $50 a month for 1 GB up to $150 for 20 GB. If you need more data, C Spire is offering additional buckets of data ranging from $10 for 500 MB to $75 for an extra 5 GB.

You'll of course need to pay a fee for each device you attach to the plan. Tablets cost $10 a month, USB modems cost $20 a month, basic feature phones cost $30 a month, and smartphones cost $40 a month. C Spire's website insists their approach offers more value that AT&T and Verizon, though as with most wireless carriers their math and plan comparison seems somewhat selective, ignoring T-Mobile and Sprint's unlimited data offerings entirely in their comparison.

“As part of our long-standing commitment to keep the customer in control of their wireless experience and to offer competitive, no overage plans, our SHARED Data plans offer simple, easy and worry-free options to share data without concern about costly, surprise bills," said the company in a statement. "Whether choosing our industry-leading CHOICE plans or SHARED Data plans, you know that you’re always getting the most personalized plan that best fits how you use your phone, smartphone or other wireless device."

The new shared plans are available starting December 1.

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kickass69

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That lovely competition...not.

There's no incentive here to get a smartphone much less a tablet between the majors and other providers who do this. Let's all just copy each other vs actually competing and offering a better deal. Easily better off with a flip/basic phone still.

FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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Re: That lovely competition...not.

said by kickass69:

There's no incentive here to get a smartphone much less a tablet between the majors and other providers who do this. Let's all just copy each other vs actually competing and offering a better deal. Easily better off with a flip/basic phone still.

I don't get the logic of a USB modem only $20/mo where the user can more easily use a lot of data. And a smartphone at $40/mo where less data would be used.
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JasonOD

@comcast.net

Re: That lovely competition...not.

said by FFH:

I don't get the logic of a USB modem only $20/mo where the user can more easily use a lot of data. And a smartphone at $40/mo where less data would be used.

That pricing provides the biggest revenue and is a deterrent for abuse ('bud-share-a-line'), and is in-line with what big T and VZ charge for adding smartphones to a plan. Charging by the bucket takes care of any scaling modem usage.
navalpatel

join:2003-07-28
Richardson, TX
1. Phones are a necessity. The wireless telcos know that at the end of the day, the vast majority of their customer base is with them because they need a means to stay in contact - whether by voice or text. Yes, phones have the ability to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages as well (vs. a tablet or USB modem), but the fact is that people can live without their tablets being always connected. As for USB modems, since tethering won't be an add-on any longer and it will just come from the same bucket of available bytes, for those that need to use their other devices while on the go, they could just connect through a wifi hotspot on their phone.

2. For those customers that prefer the convenience of having an always connected device without having to tether, the likelihood of these customers going over and accruing overages is just icing on the cake for the wireless telcos.
Telco

join:2008-12-19
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I'd like to see those geniuses who claimed text costs are fine and how we don't have to use this or that and we have other choices explain this. Because of this hands-off government approach, our market is in collusion and the competition is non-existent.

Fixed and wireless broadband have become essential to both business and individuals and these handful of players are marking big $$$$ over failing to compete and offering less of what we want.
Os

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With a Company This Small

considering the problems roaming on 4G with the differing spectrum allocations, why on earth would you want to mimic Verizon pricing?

You have to find some advantage, or you might as well just give up. If it's not coverage and it's not pricing, what is it?
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
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Re: With a Company This Small

Maybe a pending merger in the works?

When VZW took over Airtouch Midwest (what was left of it) and Dobson's Cellular One, they did the same thing. Prices were changed to meet Verizon's and then a few months later everyone was given notices you were being sold to VZW an you needed to buy new equipment, those that didn't want to move were let out of their contracts. But that's only because VZW would not provide discounted handsets and AirTouch/Cell One was TDMA.
Os

join:2011-01-26
US

Re: With a Company This Small

Dobson Cellular One was bought by AT&T, not Verizon. Cumberland was a Dobson Cellular One market. Until 2009, neither of the big 2 industry giants serviced this part of MD. Verizon still doesn't.

JasonOD

@comcast.net
For road warriors sure, VZ might be a better choice. But for the other 90+%, local coverage and $5mo savings is all they need to trump the others. That's the market they're going for.
Os

join:2011-01-26
US

Re: With a Company This Small

US Cellular is proof there's not that much incentive in that market.

And they're vastly cheaper than Verizon.

bobjohnson
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Re: With a Company This Small

said by Os:

US Cellular is proof there's not that much incentive in that market.

And they're vastly cheaper than Verizon.

Nationwide coverage is a selling point even though the customer may never use it. I'm not sure what C-Spire is trying to accomplish with this but they do have an agreement with Verizon for 3g roaming so it may just be them setting up for a sale to them.
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Bill Neilson
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join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

And with people still believing that 2GB per month

is somehow a "lot" today....strictly because AT&T and Verizon said so....many will probably see this and think it is a good deal....until they reach their cap in 1 week