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T-Mobile isn’t down with shared data plans

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T-Mobile isn’t down with shared data plans
After Verizon got a taste of the good old fashion torch and pitchfork crowd earlier this week, after admitting that it plans to kill off the grandfathered unlimited data plans and move its customers to its upcoming data-share plan, T-Mobile has taken the opportunity to wear the halo by saying it “believes that consumers today do not want a ‘one size fits all’ approach to shared family data plans, nor would they benefit from that model.”

Senior vice president of marketing Andrew Sherrard, who will be filling in for Cole Brodman very shortly, took to T-Mobile's blog today to state the company’s position. Essentially T-Mobile feels that data plans should be flexible and affordable, worry-free, and customers who pay more, should get more.

Sherrard points out that at T-Mobile customers have the option of paying for the data they need, there are no annual contracts for tablet data, while their unlimited plans reduces speeds at the cap, there are no unexpected overage charges, and customers who pay for higher data plans receive Smartphone Mobile Hotspot for free.

Overall he has a few valid points. To read the post in its entirety, be sure to head on over to T-Mobile’s Issues and Insights blog in the source link.

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 18 May 2012, 18:10 3

1. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well at least verizon knows where to look for their future ex customers incase they get lonely :-/

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:27 2

5. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


If t mobile get the sg iii. Im soo over there.

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:49 1

6. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


T-Mobile most likely is.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:43 3

9. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Tmobile is very cozy with Samsung. They probably have the widest samsung handset selection around, though ATT technically has more of the ultra high end since it carries the real SGS2 a long with the skyrocket and Note.

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:53 2

18. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yeah, AT&T actually has the best smartphone selection in the U.S.....and I am a VZW customer now :-(

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:28 1

24. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Samsung is everywhere, Sprint and its Prepaid Group also carry a bunch of their phones.

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:15

2. hitechredneck (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Maybe great for some but not for all. I would rather share my data over my phones than have single data plans for all phones. I think data share plans for families is the way to go for some people. In my case I don't use over a gig of data in any month but have an unlimited data plan for over two years. Like to see my parents have nice phones but don't want to shell out $90 a month in data alone. I'd rather pay a decent price for data spread over three phones like 3 gigs would be just fine. Cause most people now a days have broadband in there homes with a wireless router and can connect to the router when they're home and use wifi without having to use their data plan. If you are an at&t customer there's alot of wifi hot spots. Even some service businesses offer wireless internet to there customers while they are waiting on their car heck even McDonald's offers wifi access and starbucks does too.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:00 1

7. 14545 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


99% of my data usage is in my car. Or places that don't have wifi. And I still use 5-6 gb a month. I hate this "well so and so has Wifi" argument. It's worthless to the majority of users that use their devices as they were intended, on the go.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:45 4

10. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Yea, did you actually look at Tmobile's plans? 3 of you could have 2 gigs a piece for 30 bux total on the Value plan.

Its all relative to pricing. Tmobile gives you a lot more for a lot less, so there is no need to spread it to the whole family. VZW is doing that in the hopes that one user (normally the teens) absorbs all the data without realizing it so they can charge you massive overages. Tmobile doesnt even have overage charges to worry about.
Family data is a great deal.. as long as you never go over.. then your wallet is going to be attacked.

posted on 19 May 2012, 11:51 1

23. hitechredneck (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


No I didn't look at Tmobile nor would I to begin with. LOL

posted on 20 May 2012, 11:21 1

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8660; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Have fun over paying while I'm saving at least $40 a month.

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:16 2

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Cheap and Unlimited data plan is worry free, please don't copy from other carriers. T-Mobile will loss millions of customers if "Unlimited data plan" is discontinue.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:46 1

11. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what are you talking about? this article is about VZW forcing grandfathered Unlimited customers to tiered data. Tmobile is just a reference point. :)

posted on 18 May 2012, 20:14

13. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Sleepy heads, you and who thumbed you up lol.

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:22

4. perfectalpha (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


This is why T-Mobile will end up out of business. The goal is to get everybody on smart phones. This just puts folks who are concerned about using data from buying a phone that requires it.

The future is connected devices. Phones, tablets, etc. This ensures that customers on AT&T and Verizon will stay loyal and only use those services whereas now some of them will buy a mobile broadband product on a carrier like T-Mobile to save some money.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:02 3

8. 14545 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Can someone translate this for me? I don't even get what you are trying to say here.

posted on 18 May 2012, 19:47 3

12. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


he's saying he didnt read the article because he thinks its about Tmobile getting rid of unlimited data, not VZW.. lolol

posted on 18 May 2012, 21:24 2

14. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


A prime case of blog first think later.

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:14 2

15. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


The sad part is that you really only need to read the first paragraph

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:26 1

17. perfectalpha (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


I don't get what is so hard to comprehend. What Verizon and AT&T are proposing to do is ensure that every family's smartphone, tablet, etc. etc. is connected to their network. So, if you decide to go out and buy a tablet because you already have their service, you will be more likely to upgrade your data plan and thus they make more money. Of course, that is how business works. You try to make as much money as possible.

Listen, the reason why this logic won't work is because consumers aren't going to buy smartphone for their kids for the simple fact that they're looking to avoid data plans. Verizon/AT&T are right...if you get the whole family on smart phones, the likelihood of the family getting a larger package becomes significantly more real.

Also, it makes the prospects of buying a tablet from the carrier significantly less of a burden. Finally, this nugget of news won't make people come to T-Mobile in droves. Can't wait to see how many postpaid customers are lost in Q2.

P.S.
Unlimited data means nothing when you're limited to 50 Kbps down and up when throttled.

posted on 19 May 2012, 08:28

21. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


id rather have a limit than get surprise overage bills to the tune of $10 bux a gig.

Think about if your on a family data plan with 5 smartphones and one of the dillholes runs up the data.. then EVERYONE on that plan is going to charge the account $10 bux a gig as they use it. That charge is going to get sky high really quick.

Thats the real reason VZW is changing. It has nothing to do with the network, and everything to do with overages.

I'll take my way cheaper plan with throttling.. thanks :)

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:24

16. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


I'm most likely switching to tmo, sprint service in my area has gone down the drain and I'm sick of paying 20 bucks extra a month for having smartphones, and to top it all of, I don't even get 4g because the closest wimax towers are over 60 miles away from me(they are in Chicago)

The only thing that's holding me back is the evo lte and that rumored lg beast. But then again what's the point of having a monster phone and being barely able to use it?

posted on 18 May 2012, 23:08

19. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Evo LTE is just an S4 phone. They have the OneS which is essentially the same thing if u really want S4 + Sense.

posted on 19 May 2012, 18:15

25. johamsandwich (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


Plus, it'll perform better since the display isn't 720p.

posted on 20 May 2012, 11:30

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8660; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Ditch those 0.06kbps speeds and gain 20mbps+ on the One S. T-Mobile doesn't have LTE because HSPA 42+ almost gets the same speeds. When T-Mobile does get LTE next year, they'll be the fastest 4G network in the U.S.

Sprint is horrible in Illinois.

-Chicago resident.

posted on 19 May 2012, 07:33

20. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


They're right. Customers don't want shared data plans, they just want usable signals indoors.

posted on 19 May 2012, 08:52

22. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


I think shared data is a great idea as long as the price is right. Something like $40 for 5GB and $60 for 10GB. I have 2 smartphones on my family plan with unlimited data and we haven't never used a GB of data never. I stream Netflix sometimes but we also have wireless router at home. I also feel like people who have unlimited plans should be able to keep them.

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