AT&T adds new data allowances for big spenders

Those who are missing their unlimited data and finding it hard to stay under the various data caps AT&T has imposed before overages might want to listen up. AT&T has some new Mobile Share data tiers for you… except you probably have to be freaking rich to even want to take advantage of them. Users can now get allowances of 30GB, 40GB, and 50Gb of data per month for $300, $400, and $500, respectively.

Ouch, right? Tack on the added $30 per smartphone cost and you could find yourselves putting up a month’s worth of car payments + insurance just to consume mobile data. This will be more attractive to small business owners looking to provide a fleet of employees with data-equipped smartphones and tablets, I imagine, but if you’re crazy enough to jump on one of these plans as an individual you can take care of that right now at AT&T’s website. Read on for full press details.

New AT&T Mobile Share and Pooled Data Plans Help Businesses Go Mobile, Cut Costs and Boost Productivity

Larger Shared Data Plans and Data-Only Plans Offer. Added Flexibility and Affordability for Businesses and Consumers

DallasTexasMarch 18, 2013

 

AT&T* is helping businesses “raise the productivity bar” with expanded choices of shared data plans. Starting March 22, AT&T will offer larger Mobile Share plans, new Mobile Share – Data (only) plans, and new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans. The new plans make it even easier and more affordable to work or play on the go, whether that be taking mobile payments, controlling inventory, downloading videos, managing fleets, or navigating unfamiliar streets.

The new plans are ideal for businesses, as well as consumers who need more data, and build on AT&T’s existing Mobile Share plans with expanded options of 30 GB, 40 GB and 50 GB, including unlimited calls and texts. In addition, AT&T is offering new Mobile Share – Data plans for businesses and consumers and new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans for business customers.

“Our expanded Mobile Share plans make it even easier for business customers to choose a data option that’s right for them,” said Joe Lueckenhoff, AT&T Senior Vice President, Business Product Management, “whether it’s a large business wanting to better connect with employees, or a small business owner needing a data-only plan.

Details on Expanded Options

Mobile Share: With AT&T Mobile Share plans, customers start by choosing the amount of data they want each month, and then select the devices to be included in their shared plan (at least one device must be a smartphone). Each plan includes unlimited domestic talk and texts for smartphones and quick messaging phones, and each plan includes tethering. Existing Mobile Share plans offer from
1 GB to 20 GB of data per month. The new larger Mobile Share data plans include:

First, choose your monthly data amount.

Per Month**

Mobile Share with Unlimited Talk & Text

30 GB

$300

+

$30

40 GB

$400

+

$30

50 GB

$500

+

$30

Each Smartphone**

Additional data: $15 per GB

 

In addition, more devices can be added to each of these plans, including:

  • Basic and quick messaging phones – $30 per month per device
  • Laptops, LaptopConnect cards, and netbooks – $20 per month per device
  • Tablets and gaming devices – $10 per month per device

Businesses can add up to 10 devices for plans up to 20 GB; 15 devices for 30 GB plans; 20 devices for 40 GB plans; and 25 devices for 50 GB plans. Consumers can add up to 10 devices per plan.

Mobile Share – Data: Also, effective March 22, Mobile Share – Data plans (i.e., no talk and text) are available for businesses and consumers with shared data buckets ranging from 4 GB to 50 GB and prices ranging from $30 to $335 per month. Mobile Share – Data plans are only available for tablets, laptops and other connected devices.

Business Pooled Nation for Data: In addition, businesses who need data sharing for more than 25 devices can choose from new AT&T Business Pooled Nation for Data plans, with buckets ranging from 300 MB to 10 GB and monthly prices from $20 to $80 for eligible devices.

For more information about Mobile Share and Business Pooled Nation for Data plans, please see thisplan and pricing sheet.

Choosing an AT&T Mobile Share Plan

Customers can select one of the new Mobile Share plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing Mobile Share plans. Current customers are not required to switch to the new plans, but can choose to do so without a contract extension. There are no changes to AT&T’s device upgrade policy,which means customers eligible to upgrade to AT&T’s best device price are not required to switch plans

To help customers track their data usage, AT&T keeps them informed with courtesy alerts as they near their data allowance for the month. Customers can check their usage at anytime online, through the myAT&T mobile app, or by calling *DATA# from their mobile phone.

Each data plan includes access to more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at no additional charge.
Wi-Fi*** usage at public hotspots, home or office does not count toward the monthly wireless data plan usage.

Customers can learn more about the new Mobile Share plans and determine which plan is best for them at www.att.com/mobileshare. Businesses can learn more about the new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans and determine which plan is best at www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/plans/.

 

 

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Access to corporate email and intranet available for additional $15/mo. per device.

*** Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. Seewww.attwifi.com for details and locations.

Mobile Share: Smartphone required. Available for 3G, HSPA+, LTE devices only. For businesses, up to 15 devices for 30GB plan, 20 for 40GB plan, and 25 devices for 50GB plan. For consumers and families, up to 10 devices per plan. Additional monthly charge per device. Unlimited talk and text for phones only. If you are using a shared data plan without a Smartphone(s) on the account or you do not have all required elements of the plan, AT&T reserves the right to place the non-complying device(s) on an appropriate plan(s). If you exceed the amount of data in your plan during your billing period, an additional 1GB is automatically provided as specified in your rate plan. Overage charges are billed to the primary line. All data allowances, including overages, must be used in the billing period. in which the allowance is provided or they will be forfeited. Authorized users on the account may temporarily suspend data access for each device using the Mobile Share Plan. Data access will be restored at the beginning of the next billing cycle. Monthly charges, however, will continue to apply. Tethering and mobile hot spot use is permitted with up to five (5) simultaneous devices. Access to corporate email, intranet and apps available for $15/ mo. per device. Additional monthly charge per device not eligible for discounts. Domestic use only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. See rate plan brochure for complete details.

Mobile Share – Data: Smartphones, basic and quick messaging phones are prohibited. Up to ten (10), fifteen (15), twenty (20) or twenty-five (25) devices depending on the plan. For consumers and families, up to 10 devices per plan. Additional monthly charge per device. Tethering and mobile hotspot use are permitted with up to five (5) simultaneous devices. If you are using a Mobile Share – Data Plan with a smartphone, with a device that is not a Designated Data Device, for tethering or as a mobile hotspot with more than five (5) simultaneous users, or otherwise use the plan in any way that is inconsistent with its terms, AT&T reserves the right to suspend or terminate service to your account, place any non-complying device on an appropriate Mobile Share Plan, and/or add any other required element of the plan. If you exceed the amount of data in your plan during your billing period, an additional 1GB is automatically provided as specified in your rate plan. Overage charges are billed to the primary line. All data allowances, including overages, must be used in the billing period in which the allowance is provided or they will be forfeited. Authorized users on the account may temporarily suspend data access for each device using the Mobile Share – Data Plan. Data access will be restored at the beginning of the next billing cycle. Monthly charges, however, will continue to apply. Designated Data Devices that are capable of accessing corporate email, intranet sites and/or other business applications may do so for no additional monthly access charge. Additional monthly charge per device not eligible for discounts. Domestic use only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. See rate plan brochure for complete details.

Business Pooled Nation for Data: Available only to customers with a qualified AT&T business agreement for wireless services (“Business Agreement”) and their respective Corporate Responsibility Users (“CRUs”). Within a single Billing Account Number (“BAN”), CRUs activated on separate Business Pooled Nation for Data Plans are combined to create a “Data Pool.” Every billing cycle, each CRU first uses his or her plan‘s included domestic data usage (“Included Usage”). If a CRU does not use all his or her Included Usage, it creates an underage in the amount of the unused KB of data usage (“Under Usage”). If a CRU uses more than his or her Included Usage, it creates an overage in the amount of the excess KB of data usage (“Over Usage”). The Data Pool‘s Under Usage amounts for each CRU and Over Usage amounts for each CRU are then aggregated respectively and the totals are compared. If the aggregate Under Usage amount exceeds the aggregate Over Usage amount, then the difference is allocated among each CRU in the Data Pool with Over Usage, resulting in a credit on the invoice equal to the amount of each such CRU‘s additional data usage charges. Any excess Under Usage will be forfeited. If the aggregate Over Usage amount exceeds the aggregate Under Usage amount, then the ratio of Under Usage to Over Usage is applied equally to the data usage of each CRU in the Data Pool with Over Usage, resulting in a credit on the invoice against each such CRU’s corresponding additional data usage charges to partially offset such charges. For example, if a Data Pool has 900 Under Usage KB and  1000 Over Usage KB (which means a ratio of 90%), then each CRU with Over Usage will receive a bill credit equal to 90% of his or her additional data usage charges. CRUs changing price points or migrating Business Pooled Nation for Data plans during a bill cycle may result in one-time prorations or other minor impacts to the credit calculation. Customer may have more than one Data Pool within a Foundation Account Number; however, CRUs in one Data Pool cannot take advantage of another Data Pool‘s Under Usage, and each CRU can only participate in one Data Pool at a time. AT&T reserves the right to limit the number of CRUs in a Data Pool due to business needs and system limitations. CRUs on non-pooling AT&T plans may be included in the same BAN as CRUs on Business Pooled Nation for Data Plans; however, these non-pooling CRUs will not receive the pooling benefits or contribute Included Usage to other CRUs in a Data Pool. Additional monthly charge per device not eligible for discounts. Domestic use only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. See rate plan brochure for complete details.

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  • supremekizzle

    $30/month for unlimited here at T-Mobile. ‘Nuff said.

    • domatau

      even cheaper at $20/month if you’re on the value plan

      • supremekizzle

        Could you link to this? I can’t seem to find it.

  • tomn1ce

    Those data plans are ridiculous… were they high when they came up with those prices o_0

    • No_Nickname90

      IKR!? You’re looking at $10 for 1GB. =.[

      • jbo1018

        That was my first thought. 10$ a GB!? I would be in the poor house if I had to pay even close to that for home WiFi.

      • tomn1ce

        That’s still too much. I use about 20-25GB/month and I only pay $30/month….Are this plans put together to deter people from actually getting and using their data or something…

      • Michael Lee

        I saw a study that said that cellular companies only pay like 3 cents per gb (including maintenance costs!)

        Though it may be wrong, I still think it’s fairly close to the actually numbers. Go T-Mobile for putting up with my ridiculously high data usage! I really feel like T-Mobile are the good guys right now, even if their customer service kind of stinks.

  • user311

    Grandfathering my unlimited family plan over at Verizon is looking better and better every month.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      Especially since apps and websites become more data hungry every month, and will soon push those tiered data folks over their limits. They didn’t consider that……

      • Matthew Merrick

        No, they DID consider that. In fact, I’m sure its 100 percent of the reason for their new tiered data plans. They charge an astronomical amount and then slam with massive overage fees. Let’s face it, anyone selling you tiered data plan is just raping you at this point.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          I’m saying the consumers that signed up for it didn’t think of the fact that websites and apps are becoming more data hungry. Of coarse Verizon and AT&T thought of it, they know they will make huge profits from overages.

          • Matthew Merrick

            Ah, ok, that makes sense. Yeah, most consumers have no idea what they’re buying. And saying a non educated consumer deserves to be taken advantage of (because I’ve heard that argument before) is like defending that Chinese milk that had formaldehyde in it.

          • jbo1018

            I’m at 6GB on my phone just counting my home WiFi usage half way through a 30 day period and I haven’t streamed anything, downloaded any large files, or anything like that. That’s strictly just using apps, surfing the web, and one online game that I don’t even play that much.

      • tomn1ce

        Who didn’t consider? If you’re referring to at&t not considering, I think they did and that’s why they are doing this.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          THE CUSTOMERS

    • Andrew

      Isn’t it great? I got grandfathered in with 10 dollar unlimited data for life :D

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    Oh thanks AT&T, what a deal.

  • http://twitter.com/slayerpsp S.Rambo

    Wow thats crazy i have used over 30gb in a month on Sprint was on the road hotel wifi was worse then Sprint 3g i pay 180 for 3 lines unlimited data

  • rahlquist

    the sad part is some sheep somewhere will pay for this crap

    • Matthew Merrick

      And even sadder is there are plenty of consumers brainwashed enough to think that tiered data is actually a good idea

  • tizzyzz

    I’m sure glad I have my unlimited att plan I use 30gig or more a month now and no I dont tether don’t want to risk losing unlimited

  • No_Nickname90

    Oh my gosh!! I almost died reading that. Would you like to purchase a phone off contract every month or get 50GB of data?

  • Mitchel White

    im grandfathered on unlimited for att, i used abot 10 gigs this month on my phone :o

  • Exit_Only

    AT&T=Epic Fail/Total Rip off

    I pay 30 a month w/ sprint for unlimited data.

  • blest

    Maaaaan they bumped their head.

    • Chris

      I hate these carriers..

  • Michael Lee

    I used 72gb last month on T-Mobile $70 unlimited Monthly4g plan. And I don’t feel guilty one bit being that it only costs them like $0.03 per gb…

  • NyReynolds

    Price gouge much at&t? This is why data tiers are bad ideas for consumers. No one would stand for this if it was home internet service.

  • Jayshmay

    Maybe if more people went to T-Mobile & Sprint the ATT & Verizon would learn,… but nobody talks with their wallets!

    • malcmilli

      apparently, in my encounters, a lot of people seem to either be on family plans or grandfathered, so the advantages to switching over to sprint n tmobile aren’t as lucrative

    • Tojen1981

      I’m sure most people (myself included) would love to switch to t-mo or sprint. The BIG problem for T-mo and Sprint is lack of native network coverage in lesser populated areas and in Sprint’s case, relatively crappy 3g data speeds.

  • bluegreen343

    holy crap.

  • thatcrazyone

    holy gouging batman!! that is utter insanity… even as a biz plan what company would spend that….

  • hemipw54

    Like I said AT&T stands for — And Take and Take, when it comes to data fees.