AT&T promises family data plans sooner than you expect

AT&T promises family data plans sooner than you expect
AT&T’s chief executive Ralph de la Vega said that the carrier will bring family data plans sooner than most people expect, a promise that comes after de la Vega hesitated over family plans earlier and wasn’t sure whether the carrier could overcome technical problems with billing.

AT&T seems already set about the plan, but didn’t unveil any specifics. A family data plan basically allows users to share one large data allowance across many devices, and should result in significant price cuts. The open question is how will AT&T subsidize handsets on family plans, and we’re yet to hear about that.

"I'm very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers," de la Vega said at CTIA.

Eearlier in January, the AT&T chief executive said the carrier wants to take its time to make sure it gets it right, and it seems that it’s gone trhough significant progress now.

source: CNET

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24 Comments

1. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

i will be all over this one..say 4 g's for 40 month? something around there..shared of course.

2. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

Interesting. Wonder the data vs price point will save much. Especially with families with 3 or 4 lines with data

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

$10/GB would be wonderful. That way, families who use mostly WiFi or little data usage can share 1GB across the group (instead of multiple 200 or 300MB plans), or for heavier-usage families who might need, say, 10GB for the group are paying $100 instead of $25 for 2GB each or $30 for 3GB each. Sounds good from a consumer level!

7. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

There is no way any carrier for a shared data plan is going to let you get access to data for $10. They are going to want to ding you for a little lower than what two plans would cost. I see: $35/1GB $45/3GB $55/5GB Shared of course.

9. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

To continue ... $35/1GB $45/3GB $55/5GB Is for two devices. Each additional device is another $10 more per month.

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I know. Wishful thinking on my part. I have no expectations the carriers would offer anything that low

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Jury is out on this one. I'll believe it when I see it. However, I have some hope, as AT& T has to be aware of just how sick customers are of paying for individual plans that cost more.

5. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I wanna see how this works for the members with grandfathered plans who are on family plans with people who don't have grandfathered plans.

6. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

what if nobody has a grandfather? that is going to mess it all up!

8. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

There is no way they are going to grandfather anyone. AT&T CEO has said already that he regrets ever offering the unlimited plans in the beginning. It is all about tiered data plans now.

11. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I don't see them taking anything existing away. That would just piss people off more. If someone had an unlimited plan and then it was all of a sudden taken away and they were told they had to go with a family share data plan, what do you think would happen?

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

well AT&T customers are gluttons for punishment...

17. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

They won't take away your unlimited if you have it. If you want to switch to the new family shared plan however, they will make you drop it.

10. 7ceez

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

That would save me $10 bucks a month lol

12. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I wouldnt do it because my wife has the unltd plan and isnt changing that. im going to move up to the $30 3GB data plan soon and i like to have my own data plan.

13. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I will not change my line, grandfathered unlimited baby

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thank goodness I still have my 2GB 15$ a month. I'll be piss if i'm able to loose it too since they idiot rep made me loose my unlimited data

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

There is not and never has been a 15.00/mnth 2GB data smartphone plan - that price point was for 200MB.

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

'The open question is how will AT&T subsidize handsets on family plans...' Why is this relevant?

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Just to let everyone know....when you switch to a family data plan - you will lose your grandfathered data plans.....

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

My wife has 2GB/30.00 with Verizon, so does my cousin on my account - both iphones - I have 4GB/30.00. I would switch to a plan for 10GB/80.00, which what I suspect will be the price point.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

or 8GB/80.00

23. hybris

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The only problem with that is, $80/10GB is already the highest tiered individual plan [when you exclude double the data promo]. There's no way Verizon will charge the same price for the same data while allowing 2 or more people to share it. The price per GB will definitely be going up for family share plans.

24. iSometimes

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

Keeping the unlimited HSPA+. Seems like just another way to take away the unlimited data from the grandfathered customers. They used the same "it should save customers money" slogan when they introduced tiered plans :P

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