AT&T announces voluntary Mobile Share data plans, prices its offerings in line with Verizon

AT&T announces voluntary Mobile Share data plans, prices its offerings in line with Verizon
When there's smoke, there is fire. Every industry pundit was waiting for AT&T to join Verizon's shared data plans party soon after their release, and here they are.

Starting in "late August", you will be able to share unlimited talk&text plans across your devices starting at $40 a month, and then pay for each data-guzzling device extra. 

The added monthly charge per device ranges from $10 for a tablet, through $20 for data cards, sticks, netbooks or laptops, to $30-$45 in $5 increments, depending on how many gigabytes of data are included. Here's the nitty-gritty in a table format:


First, choose your monthly data amount.

Per Month

Mobile Share with Unlimited Talk & Text

1 GB

$40

+

$45

4 GB

$70

+

$40

6 GB

$90

+

$35

10 GB

$120

+

$30

15 GB

$160

+

$30

20 GB

$200

+

$30

Each Smartphone

 

Additional data: $15 per GB

 

Next, add more devices to your plan.

Basic and quick messaging phones

Laptops, LaptopConnect cards, and netbooks

Tablets and gaming devices

$30 each per month

$20 each per month

$10 each per month


How does it compare with Verizon? Well, there are subtle differences, but overall it smells like a good internal agreement not to race to the bottom pricewise. The cheapest option for a single smartphone with AT&T will run you $85 a month, and you start off with 1GB allowance there, while Verizon's 2GB tier will be $100, for example. Considering that a gig extra will cost $15 with AT&T, it all amounts to not much of a difference.

The silver lining with AT&T's Mobile Share plans is that you are not forced to adopt them, and can keep whatever plan you are currently using - life just gets easier if you want to share buckets of data across all of your mobile devices. In addition, if you are a current customer, and want to dip your toes into the new Mobile Share plans, you can choose whatever suits your data consumption, and will simply be switched to the new plan without an extra contract extension.

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40 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No surprise there: AT&T = One Big Copy Cat. Copy Cat, Copy Cat!!

29. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

verizon is AT&T's biggest customer.

31. samsungIScopycat

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

AT&T = One Big Copy Cat. samsung = One Big Copy Cat both companies are garbage

32. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

how is samsung a copycat? please enlighten me with actual facts.

37. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

im assuming this Samsung Copycat guy doesnt know that Samsung is a way bigger Innovater than Apple. and he probably hasnt heard the news yet... http://www.phonearena.com/news/UK-judge-rules-Apple-has-to-post-to-its-website-that-Samsung-didnt-copy-the-iPad_id32411 Sorry pal. its ok. dont cry. im sure one day Apple will stop putting their name on everything and claiming it as their own. But they got you a personal assitant. Her names siri. im sure if you think hard enough.. you can even pretend shes in the room with you. :)

41. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

nothing in this world is even original anymore so stfu

2. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Its not about being a copy cat. Its about what makes sense for the business and its customers. Also it just makes plain sense. People have been asking for years to have shared data.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I know they didnt ask at the prices and GB amounts we have got so far tho.

20. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Don't know what 'people' you're talking about, I don't want shared data with anyone; I want both of my Verizon lines with Unlimited Data to remain independent. The only people that this benefits, seemingly based on tier plans, are people with 10 kids or more.

3. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Add Data Rollover and I'm all over that! (Especially since they are the company with rollover and this wouldn't have that anymore being unlimited)

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think if thats added...I would leave Verizon in a heart beat. Maybe...lol.

4. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

And consumers again get the short end of the stick.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well.... I like that they have higher GB amounts. But....the plans are about the same price...in same cases more than Verizon...lol Wow.

10. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Verizon has the same exact GB amounts as what I see on this list. Actually seems like less variety. I don't see a 2GB, 8GB or 12GB option there.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

They do...for the most part. Verizon has 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10GB. AT&T dont have 2 and 8GB. The 1GB, 6GB plans are $5 more on AT&T. The 10GB plan is $10 more on AT&T. Thats why I mentioned it was more in some cases. I do like that AT&T offers bigger GB amounts tho. I heard Verizon does too, but its not advertized alot. This is what someone came up with cuz Verizon does advertize an extra 2GB for $10: "Its just $10 for every extra 2GB, no limit. So if $100 for 10GB is not enough, Pay another $20,$50, or $100 and get 14,20 or even 30GB." If that is true.....20GB is $40 cheaper on Verizon. I dont know if that extra 2GB is once a month you have to add it or does it stick until you remove it.. The difference I see so far is Verizon is $15 for each GB as overage and they give you the option to just add 2GB extra for $10....and you can add extra 2GB amounts. I just see $15 extra per GB AT&T. I have been studying these 2 carriers like mad as AT&T might have better service in my area.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well...I forgot about the extra lines. Something I should have known since I have a 3 line family plan. Doh. lol. AT&T might be cheaper in some cases...depending on how many lines you have and how much data you want. Bottom line....pretty soon we all might have to either pay extra for what we want or go to small carriers.

19. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

AT&T seems to get cheaper with higher bandwidth and more than 3 phones. Verizon seems to sell the bandwidth slightly cheaper than AT&T, but keeps the device fees flat. AT&T charges a little more for data in some cases, but the device fee drops with the higher data plans. For smartphones, anyway. In most cases, the cost ends up being about the same with Verizon, with a few bucks different between the two here and there. AT&T seems to make more sense if you have a larger family though. Verizon has a better overage price if you happen to run over. Rollover would be nice too.

6. RubiksGuy

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

This confirms my love for big magenta (aka t-mobile)

7. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Honestly! Im thinking about switching to one of their pre-paid plans. I would be saving more than half of what i pay now. It's crazy.

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well phooey. I was hoping they'd undercut Verizon a bit more. Guess they have done sort of agreement not to be too out of whack with each other. They were matched price-wise and feature wise for the longest time, until Verizon bumped its data tiers starting at $30 for 2GB, while AT&T kept their 2GB price at $25 (though moved to 3GB for $30 early this year). AT&T still seems to offer better value as they offer unlimited mobile calling with their messaging bundles (for those not on a shared data plan as that is unlimited minutes, like Verizon) I hope that non-unlimited minute plans with shared data comes available, as I don't want to pay a premium for minutes I'm not using

12. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

More evidence (as if we needed it) of the obvious collusion in the industry. Another way to rip off consumers

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Wow talk about price fixing. I wonder if both CEO, CFO, & COO call each other up or play golf together. I can only imagine the conversations, " hey, McAdam how are your sheep doing? Ah.. they are k but going to wait a bit before next price increase. Can you believe they think Android provides freedom? I sure locked that boot loader on them, ha ha ha resistance is futile. And how are yours Randall? Well, gave them unlimited data, then got them addicted to the stuff like crack, turned around and took it from them. See, I'm smart, told them the average user only uses about 750M of data. Now they have to pay for overages. Can you believe some idiot call my office and wanted to use the iPhone without data? They are so stupid, I thinking of charging for FaceTime over cellular connections, what do you think? Well I'll wait to see how you make out first"

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

For six gigs of data and four smartphones (what I would probably need) AT&T does undercut Verizon... by about ten bucks a month. I'm not going to do the math right now, but I don't think this plan quite cuts it. I do like how opting into the plan is voluntary, but will that be the case for new customers as well?

17. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I love these plans. Compared to my current bill, I would be saving and getting 5 times more data than I do now if I choose the 10gb plan.

24. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Well, that's a good thing on your case but mostly the single individuals like me are getting killed by these plans. Currently i pay $90 per month before taxes and insurance, with the new plan i would have to pay $110.

26. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

you don't need this since you only have one device. This is meant for multiple devices.

18. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I'll keep what my wife and I have. she has the unltd data plan and wont get rid of it. i can see the business sense, but i dont see how you are saving money

21. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

In some cases you can, in some you can't. Depends on what your needs are. It can work out great for single folks like me. I can get a better plan for less money. There are cases where it doesn't work for others though. So at least AT&T isn't forcing people onto their shared plans like Verizon is. If it works for you, you can keep what you have. Might even be able to try the others and switch back. While I'm not thrilled with the pricing and bandwidth limits, I think AT&T is taking the better approach by making them optional rather than Verizon's mandatory approach.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

On Verizon its optional for current customers. If one is already on tiered data and a current customer, you dont have to take the shared data plans. Now that I see for me with 3 lines to go to AT&T and save about $10 a month....its not even worth it. And it looks like 20GB is cheaper on Verizon if one can keep adding 2GB til they get to 20GB. This is a nice lil breakdown someone did at another site: VZW 1 Phone 1 GB: $90 ($40+$50); 2 Phones: $130; 3 Phones $170 AT&T 1 Phone 1 GB: $85 ($45+$40); 2 Phones: $130; 3 Phones $175 VZW 1 Phone 4 GB: $110 ($40+$70); 2 Phones: $150; 3 Phones $190 AT&T 1 Phone 4 GB: $110 ($40+$70); 2 Phones: $150; 3 Phones $190 VZW 1 Phone 6 GB: $120 ($40+$80); 2 Phones: $160; 3 Phones $200 AT&T 1 Phone 6 GB: $125 ($35+$90); 2 Phones: $160; 3 Phones $195 VZW 1 Phone 10 GB: $140 ($40+$100); 2 Phones: $180; 3 Phones $220 AT&T 1 Phone 10 GB: $150 ($30+$120); 2 Phones: $180; 3 Phones $210 I came up with this if my calculation are right: 20GB ATT 230 1 phone 260 2 phones 290 3 phones Verizon 190 1 phone 230 2 phones 270 3 phones Thats only if one can stack 2GB to the 10GB plan til they get to 20GB on Verizon.

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

jroc, he meant that it is not optional for VZW customers if they upgrade, while with AT&T customers, it is. Either way it is a screwy deal.

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