AT&T's Mobile Share debuts today

AT&T's Mobile Share debuts today
As expected, AT&T's Mobile Share plan went into effect on Thursday, offering customers of the nation's second largest carrier the opportunity to connect up to ten devices on one plan. Mobile Share users get unlimited talk and text and can choose from various amounts of data that is shared amongst the devices on the plan. The lowest amount of data that can be purchased is 1GB which costs $40 a month plus $45 for each smartphone that is part of the plan. The largest amount of data available with Mobile Share is 20GB which is priced at $200 plus $30 for each smartphone on the plan. Tablets can be included by paying an additional $10 for each one on the plan and featurephones will add $30 to the cost for each unit.

The hardest part of signing up for a plan like this is determining how much monthly data you really need. To help you with your calculations, AT&T has a tool on its website to help you figure out how many GB of data you might use in a typical month. For example, what could you do each month with 4GB of data? With that much data, each month you could send 4,000 emails, upload 800 pictures, visit 2,000 websites, stream 720 minutes of video and listen to 3600 minutes of streaming music. That is just an average, of course, and your actual numbers could be different depending on your phone. Still, it is a good place to start when trying to figure out how much to spend on data each month.

source: AT&T (1), (2) via Crackberry



1. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I'm hanging on to my unlimited data plan until AT&T or Verizon can come up with more sensible shared plans.

2. 714reyesj

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Since most consumers use between 1-2 GB of data why not offer a 2GB plan? Verizon does and its a savings of $10 compared to going with the At&t 4 GB plan. Yes when you have more than one smartphone you will probably start off with the minimum of 4 GB but what about the single line customer?

6. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

at&t is keep their old plans for ppl(new and existing) who only need one line or for those people who would benefit more from the old plans.

3. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I was looking at the AT&T mobile share plans and I didnt see anything for single line customers. Thats odd to me because a guy like me who uses alot of data would benefit from that..........BUT my wife and I are sticking with our current plan because we dont see any savings by switching

7. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

because if you have only one line you would chose one of their single line plans which are going nowhere

9. MesEyes

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

you can have a mobile share plan with just one line...but you would only do that if it made sense for you. other than that, you can stick with the current plans they offer now because they arent going anywhere

4. 714reyesj

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Who is cheaper? Winner 1GB- Verizon $90 ATT $85 ATT 2GB- Verizon $100 ATT None Verizon 4GB- Verizon $110 ATT $110 Verizon (better coverage) 6GB- Verizon $120 ATT $125 Verizon 8GB- Verizon $130 ATT None Verizon 10GB- Verizon $140 ATT $150 Verizon

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

You forgot Unlimited Data Verizon and AT&T use to serve this... the Winner Verizon and AT&T The Loser their customers. Yey! whoo hoo... :(

8. gameday78

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Um.... these plans have been out since Sunday!

11. tgtftw

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You are correct +1

10. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

AT&T was telling me that the new share plans aren't eligible for discounts when I called in and asked about it. Something to consider if you want to share the data amongst devices. What you see is what you'll pay.

12. psycc

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

The FAN discount only applies to the Unlimited talk/text portion of the mobile share plan.

15. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Well, I'm just reporting what I'm told. I can always call back and see if I get a better agent. So really, I'd only get like 15% off the device "fee" rather than the bandwidth? So I'd save like $4.50?

16. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

FAN Discounts apply toward the data package. Meaning if you're doing $40 for 1GB and $45 for each phone the discount applies toward the $40. The way the plans are structured means they dont lend themselves well to getting the discount. They're also only a savings if you use next to no data or use a ton of data. But at least ATT isn't retiring the old Family Talk plans, so the option is available to move back to.

13. bigsimpd

Posts: 164; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Well i switched to the shared plan and got the 10gigs because my wife had 3gig and I had 5gig data plan and she was only using about 1gig a month while I was struggling to not go over my 5gig so i figure i will get at least 8gig a month now with the shared data plan to play with which is a win for me and plus my bill was $209 mo.with the shared plan only went up to $210 works for me now i dont have to worry about getting charged $10 for going over the limit so wooooohoooo im happy I can play on my SG3 and enjoy it

14. godinruin

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Its amazing to see how many call center reps are on this thread. Biggest advantage with AT&T is that you can switch back to an old plan at any time. Verizon has all but done away with those. I'm holding out on Verizon shared data simply because they can't accommodate my 50GB+ of usage on anything but the unlimited plan, and they don't throttle LTE devices (yet!).

17. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I keep hearing that Verizon is forcing people to the new shared plans. That even those on the old Family Talk structure are not grandfathered?

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