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
, 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.
According to the C Spire press release
, 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.