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Verizon versus AT&T: who has the better shared data plans?

0. phoneArena 19 Jul 2012, 04:45 posted on

The two biggest carriers in the United States, Verizon and AT&T, have now started offering shared data plans so you don’t have to pay a separate bill…

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:03

60. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The answer is simple unless you are a carrier fan boy or a carrier sheep. Tiered data brings in more revenue! See my previous post with supporting data before you make unsubstantiated opinionated rhetoric,

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 10:41 1

72. georgiaboyz (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I agree it brings in more revenue...however, what gets old is people crying about companies making wanting to make more money...is that not the primary reason to be in business??? If you or I were at the top of these companies we would be trying to make our company as much money as possible also. And if you say you wouldn't, you're either A. A liar or B. A crappy employee. And that is fact. I'm not a carrier lover or sheep or whatever...I just appreciate a company trying to make themselves money like a business should do.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 12:20

74. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


That's where you are wrong georgiaboyz....people just want value for their money. People don't want to plunk down their hard earned cash, and then have the contractual conditions changed to take their money and offer them less for no other reason except greed!

It's beyond me how poor people applaud the rich for ripping them off while busting their ass like John working 2 jobs to support their families. When I say poor I mean if you don't make more than a million a year you are poor o.k.!

As for me being at the top of these companies and trying to scam people no I would not. As a Sales Rep for a medical supply company I had many opportunities to rip my customers off for the company that I worked for, but I did not.

In fact I showed one customer that they can spend $60,000.00 for equipment that they didn't need, or $45,000.00 for the things that they needed. Even though they wanted the $60k product I showed them how the 60k product was waste, and that no hospital in the industry would do what they wanted to do. I created a great reputation as well as building value for my advice, and my company. I nailed the sale and my company was happy with the profit of a 45K product!

The equipment rep that I was out with turned to me and said let them buy what makes them happy. My answer to him was because they can buy it at 60k, and afford it doesn't mean that I should sell them something that they would eventually find out that they did not need.

I then asked that Sales Rep in front of my client was that 60k equipment the industry standard he said no. From then on my client valued me very dearly making my job of selling real easy.

Your reputation and integrity is all you have.....liar I am not. It is beyond me to figure out how to screw people for profit while giving them less.....I'll save that for people that think like you!

I have nothing against capitalism, but today's capitalist only try ream the end user to pass profit to the stock holder stripping any value from product that they offer. You may agree wioth and appreciate that However; I do not.

I applaud companies like Apple, Google, HTC, Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Amd, Micron, Western Digital, Sandisk, and even Face book to say the least.

Those companies create profit from making products that the consumer demands and considers valuable. They are technologically innovative in their own rights by creating something to offer the consumer in exchange for his money rather than offer a phone or a television, or a hard drive, or a processor, and strip the heart out of what makes it work completely, and offer it for higher cost.

I have been in the corporate world for over 30 years, and I can tell you corporations hate price increases and don't just accept it like most consumers do with out a fight. They move on to the next lowest bidder if you don't meet their demands. I happen to be a consumer, and a person bearing bad news when prices are increased from the manufacturer.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 08:47 1

10. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Victor, how did you come up with your figures for the lowest row? $220 for AT&T 1GB 2 smartphones 2 tablets? $40+45+45+10+10=150, same as Verizon. 4GB would be $70+40+40+10+10=170, also same as Verizon. 6GB $90+35+35+10+10=180, same as Verizon.10GB $120+30+30+10+10=200, same as Verizon.
Don't spread misinformation to those that won't do the math.
You also left out that AT&T's prices for tablets, data devices, and feature phones are the same.

Engadget had accurate figures, maybe look to then for guidance

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 01:20 1

33. Victor.H (Posts: 406; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks for the correction and sorry for misleading you all. Initially, the table was based on the assumption that AT&T charges the same for all devices, which is not true. This has now been fixed.

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 00:16

77. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Thanks Victor!

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 08:58 2

11. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


wow, some website needs a new editor...this story is atrocious in info.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 09:32 1

12. BLikens1619 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)


20GB
Mobile Share with Unlimited Talk & Text $200
+ + + + + +

STEP 2: Add more devices to your Mobile Share Plan,Each Smartphone* $30, Tablets & Gaming Devices
Shared Data, Unlimited Talk & Text Shared
$10 each/month
If you add these totals from AT&T's website, 20GB plan with 2 smartphones and 2 tablets will cost $280, not $320 as it says on the last comparison.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:39 1

16. sebastians (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


Sometimes I believe these guys have their heads so far up their own ___ they can't see the facts! Yes BIG RED does offer sharable data all the way up to 20 gigs..

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:51 1

18. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yeah, but only if the customer requests it beforehand, at $10/GB, otherwise it's billed as overage at $15/GB

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:23

21. sebastians (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


It's the same way with every carrier. if you go over any limits you'll always be billed overages. Now let the intelligent people speak

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 15:55 1

26. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


That is the plan to make plans that will cause many to have overages. I was told this by a Sprint CD supervisor. It is all about profits, and when some of you sheep realize that you are just a profit for as little service rendered as possible you will have paid more than you deserve to pay for less services that you would like.

Gas prices are influenced by the stock market just like Mobile carrier prices. They all need to create profit to keep investors happy at the expense of their customers. To create the most profit they give little service and nickle and dime you as you go to loosen your money from your wallet. The more you demand the more they feel they can push. The more out cry the less they push......it's up to you!

Go for the BS or count every penny you get and keep it until really needed!

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 19:42 1

30. MartyK (Posts: 688; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Qwikstrike,

You and I see what VZ and ATT are up to.
Every time one comes up with a crazy fees or plans the other follow suite; and their customers come on bragging.

"OH Vz bill online is ONLY $2.00"
"Oh ATT bill online is ONLY $1.95"

Ours is cheaper..HA!
Which you and I have to tell both parties you're getting SCREW by the Carrier!. :(

Then the Lap-Dogs come out.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:03

35. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 829; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


This is funny but sad and true! People are so into who's better that they forget that they are sheep being led to slaughter. When they realize this they will have given up all their freedom and money.You have the freedom to accept these ridiculous plans or reject them.

It makes no sense to brag about which d*** in the arse is a better fit or not....it's only your money, and I know most of you here aren't investors or rich!

In the past there was employee profit sharing today it's replaced with outsourcing and profit sharing with investors and CEO's as idiot fan boys cluelessly cheer them on!

proof for sheep below

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57428419-1/kil ling-unlimited-data-plans-has-helped-make-u.s-carr iers-billions/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57435601-94/veriz on-to-kill-unlimited-data-plans-for-existing-subsc ribers/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/verizon-u nlimited-data-plans_n_1521967.html

http://m.courierpress.com/news/2012/may/10/profits-get-in-way-of-innovation/

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 15:28 1

23. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


AT&T wins mainly because these plans aren't being forced upon current customers or new customers either. I think I read that AT&T will still offer their standard data plans for individual customers. AT&T got it right mainly because of that. However, if you're a new customer at Verizon, choosing to use a smartphone + the 2GB data plan already costs you $100 for an individual device. If AT&T had roll over data, then maybe their shared data plans would've been an even better alternative to Verizon's.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 15:47

25. sebastians (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


Not true! Not true at all... Verizon is not forcing anyone to move to share everything,If anyone feels that they are being forced, It would be higher usage customers! but even they are not being forced off, Just being told no more phone discounts on brand new devices. Everyone can keep their current plans no problem, and those with any other data plan can keep their plan and continue to buy discounted equippment. For New/Existing customers they can also sign up on any of VZW plans sold prior to 6/28/12 But why would you want to if you don't require unlimited data 20gb or higher... Just setting the record straight.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 17:07

75. malsell (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


If I ever have to get a limited data plan, I will switch back to a regular phone. There is no excuse for these companies to limit data plans except for profit. You can still get a Unlimited data 3Gb down speed home internet for $40 a month. If AT&T can put it in your house for $40, they can supply it to your phone for $40. Normally, between mine and my wife's phones, we stay under 5GB total, but this month, we're up about 10 GB. I could handle a price per speed better than I can a price per data model. Have a 3G, HSPA+/WCDMA, LTE price structure.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 22:51

76. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The bottom line is it will get worse. Interesting how people voted with their wallets when it comes to netflix. When it comes to data, everyone takes it in the Alpha and foxtrot bravo about it. Then when articles like this comes out, people Foxtrot attempt to justify their specific telecomm/data provider.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 23:06

79. babyboy14622 (Posts: 23; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


upgraded a day ago with verizon and still have my unlimited data plan but no contract as well

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