Phandroid » Service Plans http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:54:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Verizon holds par with AT&T, doubles down on data with new promotion http://phandroid.com/2014/10/01/verizon-double-data-promotion/ http://phandroid.com/2014/10/01/verizon-double-data-promotion/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:53:04 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=150052 Verizon Moto X 2014 DSC07000

Starting tomorrow Verizon customers will be able to take advantage of new deals on data to trick out their wireless accounts. 4G LTE allowances are being increased across the board for More Everything subscribers, including double the data starting at the $150 pricing tier. The promotion comes hot on the heels of a similar offer from AT&T.

More Everything plans include shareable data for families with multiple LTE devices. At the $110 price level, what was once 12GB of data becomes 15GB. At the next tier, 16GB becomes 30GB. The deal really starts getting good at $150 and above, where data doubles to 40GB (up to 100GB for those shelling out $375/month).

What isn’t clear from Verizon’s initial release is the duration of the promotional data amounts. AT&T’s similar double data deal is good for the length of a subscriber’s contract. We’ll see if similar terms apply to Verizon’s offering.

What is clear is that those hoping to score the increased data allotments have until October 31st to act. After that, data caps reset to their halved amounts.

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Official: Samsung Galaxy S5 coming to Virgin Mobile May 19th http://phandroid.com/2014/05/09/samsung-galaxy-s5-virgin-mobile-official-release-date/ http://phandroid.com/2014/05/09/samsung-galaxy-s5-virgin-mobile-official-release-date/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 23:52:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=140379 Virgin Mobile Galaxy S5 landing page

It wasn’t too long ago it felt like MVNOs like Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile only got last year’s big Android leftovers. Well, the times they are a changin’ and after announcing plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S5 for use on their network, Virgin Mobile is finally back with an official launch date: May 19th.

As a pre-paid carrier operating on Sprint’s network, Virgin still hasn’t revealed pricing but expect it to hit around the $500 mark (the Apple iPhone 5s 64GB is currently on sale for $525). Virgin Mobile’s lowest contract-free plans start out at only $35 a month for unlimited data, texting, and 300 minutes. They also offer $5 off for enrolling in auto-pay.

Not a bad deal for Android fans on a budget (providing you have ample Sprint coverage in your area). For more info, hit up the source link below.

Thanks, Android_Kitty!

[Virgin Mobile]

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Sprint launches early upgrade program ‘One Up’ http://phandroid.com/2013/09/20/sprint-one-up/ http://phandroid.com/2013/09/20/sprint-one-up/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:41:57 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=125947 sprint-one-up

Sprint is a little late to the early upgrade program game, but better late than never. One Up was made official today and you can all sign up! It’s rather simple. And as we mentioned in this week’s podcast – it’s not a bad deal at all.

What is One Up by Sprint?

The One Up program allows you to upgrade ever year (12 months). One only needs to pay for the device in 24 equal monthly payments. There is no finance fee or down payment. To top it off, Sprint is offering a 15-dollar discount on their Unlimited Everything plan.

This makes up for the subsidy, since you are pretty much paying for the phone without their help. It also helps alleviate some of the hassles of paying the monthly fee. In reality, that now $65-dollar plan will end up being close to a hundred (of course, depending on the device you get).

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What do I need to do to sign up for One Up?

You can now sign up for One Up if you are ready to get your next device, but first you may want to know a few details. The program does have its tricky parts.

  • New customers will, of course, have to go through the usual credit check.
  • Existing customers can sign up right away, but they have to turn in their phone (must have purchased it at least 12 months before).
  • Customers with an available upgrade don’t need to hand their device over.
  • One Up not available on pre-orders.

Are you signing up?

Tech junkies and gadget lovers are loving these new early upgrade programs, but we know more than a few of you are not as fond of them. Some of us prefer to just buy our devices and leave complications behind.

With that in mind – what do you think of Sprint’s One Up program? It is right up there with T-Mobile in terms of the best deal out of the 4 major carrier offerings. Can Sprint “One Up” the competition and keep you in the cutting “Edge” of technology while letting you “JUMP” to your “Next” device?

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Straight Talk now offers 4G LTE on AT&T – unlimited talk, text, and data for $45 a month http://phandroid.com/2013/09/13/straight-talk-now-offers-att-4g-lte-unlimited-talk-text-and-data-for-45-a-month/ http://phandroid.com/2013/09/13/straight-talk-now-offers-att-4g-lte-unlimited-talk-text-and-data-for-45-a-month/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:55:44 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=125584 HTC One Google Play Edition DSC01018

It’s no secret AT&T’s wireless plans aren’t exactly the most “affordable” out there. Even if you opt for their new Aio pre-paid service — the one that recently went live around the country a few days ago — you’re still looking at $55 for 2GB of data.

Straight Talk now has 4G LTE

If that was still a little too rich for your blood, Straight Talk may have just become your next best option. The pre-paid MVNO silently upgraded their wireless service that (finally) allows customers to access AT&T’s blazing fast 4G LTE network where previously only HSPA+ was available. Unfortunately, it looks like only regular and micro SIMs are available (no nano SIMs as found on the Moto X just yet).

Straight Talk 4G LTE

For those of you already on Straight Talk, you wont need to order a new SIM card. According to Straight Talk’s tech support, you’ll simply have to mess around with the APN settings on your 4G LTE enabled device to gain access to LTE. Apparently, not. According to some of our readers, you’ll more than likely need to spend several hours on the phone with tech support, being transferred until someone knows how to activate LTE on your specific account. Joy.

How does Straight Talk work?

For those unaware, Straight Talk sells pre-paid wireless service operating on a variety of networks. If you opt to bring your own device, you’ll get the option of choosing either an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card (depending on your device, of course), for use on those networks. Traditionally, the downside to using Straight Talk was that it only had access to HSPA+ — not 4G LTE. Looks like that’s been thrown out the window.

For only $45 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, and data on either AT&T or T-Mobile’s network. Keep in mind Straight Talk has never revealed exactly how much data customers are allotted before being throttled (or worse, had their service cancelled) but overall, it’s not a bad deal for light Android use.

Is Straight Talk worth it?

Back when I had my Nexus 4, I was with Straight Talk for a good couple of months with no major complaints. Once I picked up the HTC One, I switched over to AT&T simply to gain access to LTE. Kinda regret making that decision now.

You can learn more about Straight Talk and order your own AT&T SIM (now with more LTEs!) via the link below.

[Straight Talk AT&T SIM]

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AT&T adding LTE to GoPhone plans starting June 21st http://phandroid.com/2013/06/14/att-adding-lte-to-gophone-plans/ http://phandroid.com/2013/06/14/att-adding-lte-to-gophone-plans/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:33:40 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=121904 at&t gophone

AT&T will be the first carrier to offer a prepaid wireless plan with 4G LTE access. Starting June 21st, AT&T’ GoPhone plans will gain LTE data speeds as well as a few new service options. While those plans will start as low $25/month (plus $5 for 50MB of data), the most feasible for an LTE user will 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text for $60/month.

To go along with the new LTE offerings, AT&T will launch the Samsung Galaxy Express, an Android Jelly Bean smartphone featuring a dual-core processor, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and 5MP camera. The phone will be priced at $249.99 sans contract requirements.

[via AT&T]

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T-Mobile makes new service plans official, launches 4G LTE network http://phandroid.com/2013/03/26/t-mobile-launches-4g-network/ http://phandroid.com/2013/03/26/t-mobile-launches-4g-network/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:48:31 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=118600

Today T-Mobile took a bold step forward with their service offerings, making official their Simple Choice service plan while simultaneously launching their 4G LTE network in seven major metropolitan regions. The carrier also unveiled a lineup of new 4G devices and a new ad campaign to spread public awareness of the changes going on at T-Mobile.

All part of T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” concept, the Simple Choice plan, which went live over the weekend, allows subscribers a simplified experience when choosing a service plan. T-Mobile now offers one base plan featuring unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data for $50. Unlimited 4G data is and additional $20, among other optional fees to add lines and features to the plan.

Along with the new plans, T-Mobile is doing away two-year commitments and device subsidies, instead opting to sell devices on interest-free monthly payment plans. It’s a big departure from what customers are used to, but it could kick off a new era in the wireless industry if it catches on.

But perhaps the bigger news is the launch of TMo’s 4G LTE network in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose, and Washington D.C.. To accompany the new network are a series of LTE devices including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and a 4G hotspot.

Look for some “wild west” themed commercials to debut in the coming weeks to push all the changes at T-Mobile. We’ll see if other carriers follow their footsteps into the new frontier.

T-Mobile Makes Bold “Un-carrier” Moves

Announces radically simple unlimited plan; axes contracts, unbundles cost of plan and device with lowest upfront costs, lights up 4G LTE network

NEW YORK — March 26, 2013 — T-Mobile has been talking the talk; now it’s walking the walk. The company, known for its “Un-carrier” attitude, today announced a series of moves to address consumer frustration with the unnecessary cost and complexity of wireless.

The moves include radically simplifying its lineup of consumer rate plans to one incredibly affordable plan for unlimited talk, text and Web; ensuring that customers never have to sign another annual service contract through T-Mobile retail outlets; and enabling customers to get the most popular smartphones whenever they want for the lowest upfront cost. T-Mobile also debuted its blazing fast 4G LTE network service in seven major metropolitan areas.

“These bold moves serve notice that T-Mobile is canceling its membership in the out-of-touch wireless club,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile USA, Inc. “This is an industry filled with ridiculously confusing contracts, limits on how much data you can use or when you can upgrade, and monthly bills that make little sense. As America’s Un-carrier, we are changing all of that and bringing common sense to wireless.”

Un-Restricted, Un-Limited
Central to today’s announcement is a radically simple approach to consumer rate plans — the Simple Choice Plan. A break from industry norms, the Simple Choice Plan eliminates restrictive annual contracts, taking pain and confusion out of the wireless experience.

What could be simpler than one consumer rate plan?

Simple Choice asks customers two basic questions: How many lines do you need, and how much high-speed data would you like? Customers start with one line at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and Web with 500MB of high-speed data. Customers can add a second phone line for $30 per month, and each additional line is just $10 per month. They can also add 2 GB of high-speed data for $10 per month more per line. Unlimited 4G data is only $20 more per month per line. No caps. No overages. Just simple value.

Also, because T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company to stop requiring consumers to sign annual service contracts, customers have far more flexibility with how they buy and use wireless devices. Traditionally, getting a good deal on a new phone has meant agreeing to an expensive service for two years. Upgrades typically weren’t allowed (without significant upfront costs) until contracts expired, and it was often difficult to ascertain the true value of a device offer because it was tied to a long-term annual contract.

With T-Mobile’s un-restricted approach, customers can purchase great devices, pay for them in affordable, interest-free monthly installments, and upgrade anytime they like — not just when their carrier says it’s okay. Customers can even use their own unlocked device. Monthly statements are easy to understand since the price stays constant from month to month, and the device cost is clear and unmistakable.

Customers can find more information about T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan at nationwide T-Mobile retail stores, on http://www.T-Mobile.com, and through select dealers and national retail stores.

Un-Beatable Prices on LTE Devices
In tandem with the debut of its 4G LTE network service, T-Mobile also announced today that it will have several 4G LTE-capable devices available, including Samsung Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE and Samsung Galaxy Note II.

  • Samsung Galaxy S® 4 is the next generation of Samsung’s popular Galaxy line of smartphones. Exact pricing and timing of availability have not been announced, but the Galaxy S 4 will be available in the second quarter of this year.
  • BlackBerry® Z10 is T-Mobile’s first 4G LTE touchscreen smartphone featuring the redesigned, re-engineered BlackBerry® 10 platform, which continuously adapts to users’ needs. Starting today, the fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet is available for qualifying customers for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $18 for well-qualified buyers OAC. The BlackBerry Z10 is available through all T-Mobile channels. For more information about T-Mobile’s Z10, please visit Media Kit.
  • HTC One® is the first T-Mobile 4G LTE smartphone featuring new HTC Sense™ innovations, including HTC BlinkFeed,™ HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™. Wrapped in a sleek full metal body, the HTC One will be available later this spring in all T-Mobile channels. For more information about HTC One, please visit Media Kit.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note® II. Current users of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note II can now take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network via an over-the-air software update. For more information about this update and for complete download instructions, customers can visit T-Mobile’s support page at http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4962. For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Note II, please visit Media Kit.
  • T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE is the first 4G LTE mobile hotspot from T-Mobile, providing simple and affordable on-the-go access to the Internet for up to eight devices. The T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE is available for $29.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $5 for well-qualified buyers OAC beginning today. It will be sold through all T-Mobile channels. For more information about the mobile hotspot, please visit Media Kit.

Un-Congested 4G Network
T-Mobile is moving at breakneck speed to expand the capabilities of its network.

Today, T-Mobile launched its state-of-the-art 4G LTE network in seven major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The advanced 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million Americans by midyear and 200 million by the end of 2013.

T-Mobile is deploying the latest LTE technology, paving the way to LTE Advanced. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE deployment will complement its existing nationwide 4G network — which third-party tests show rivals or beats existing LTE networks — creating what T-Mobile expects to be the fastest 4G combination in the United States. T-Mobile 4G LTE devices will automatically and seamlessly transition to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G where LTE has not yet launched.

T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier with Wild West Commercial
To underscore its Un-carrier attitude, T-Mobile today unveiled a new tagline, “T-Mobile un-leash.” In tandem, the company will roll out a new nationwide advertising campaign, beginning with a television commercial tomorrow that plays off the Western film genre. The new commercial features a group of four cowboys in black hats riding into a dusty town to the terror of its residents. As three of the cowboys tell town folk they’re going to have to “do what we say,” the fourth, representing T-Mobile, switches to a magenta-colored hat and rides in another direction, saying he “just doesn’t want to do this anymore.” The 60-second ad spot closes with one cowboy musing “I’m gonna miss the guy” while our hero simply states “Oh, I’ll be around.”

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T-Mobile ‘UNcarrier’ plans are now live, start at $50 per month http://phandroid.com/2013/03/25/t-mobile-uncarrier-plans-now-live/ http://phandroid.com/2013/03/25/t-mobile-uncarrier-plans-now-live/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:50:53 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=118517

T-Mobile has flipped the switch on their new line of UNcarrier Classic Plans, first revealed in a leak last week. The new value-focused options aim to take the headaches out of deciding which plan to purchase and start at $50. For the price, customers get unlimited talk and text plus 500MB of data per month. For $20 more data goes unlimited, or data can be added 2GB at a time for $10.

The plans come as part of a new strategy at T-Mobile that aims to shake up their subsidized smartphone business. The cost of a phone will now be broken down into monthly installments after an initial down payment. For the Nexus 4 this breaks down to $49.99 up front plus $9.50 per month for 24 months (on top of the cost of wireless service).

But this is all getting a bit ahead of ourselves. While new plans and pricing are already live, T-Mobile will be delving a bit deeper into their strategy at an event to take place this Tuesday.

[via TMoNews]

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Verizon launches two new prepaid smartphone plans starting at $60 http://phandroid.com/2013/02/01/verizon-prepaid-smartphone-plans/ http://phandroid.com/2013/02/01/verizon-prepaid-smartphone-plans/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:13:01 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=116016

Verizon has announced two new prepaid offerings for subscribers looking to avoid the hassles of a longterm contract. Replacing an older $80 per month plan that afforded customers 1GB of data along with unlimited talk and text are two less expensive options.

The lowest tier of prepaid service is priced at $60 per month and provides 500MB of 3G data. For $10 more per month that data cap can be upped to 2GB. Both plans include unlimited talk and text.

The main drawback is that Verizon is only opening the new service options specific handsets, and none rank among the latest and greatest from the carrier. Users seeking cheap, pay by the month plans will have to settle for older devices like the HTC Droid Incredible 2.

[via Verizon]

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US Cellular rolls out unlimited 4G LTE data plan http://phandroid.com/2012/11/19/us-cellular-rolls-out-unlimited-4g-lte-data-plan/ http://phandroid.com/2012/11/19/us-cellular-rolls-out-unlimited-4g-lte-data-plan/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:57:55 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=112464

Smaller wireless providers have to do what it takes to to stay competitive in a market with many options. For some, this has meant mergers. Others have opted to cut service pricing to lure in a few extra subscribers. US Cellular is doing their best to stay relevant by introducing a new unlimited 4G LTE data option.

The plan starts at $40 with an option to add data tethering for $20 more per month, a limited-time offer for customers residing in any of US Cellular’s 4G markets. The carrier aims to have 58 percent of its subscriber base covered with LTE by the end of the year.

In order to take advantage of the new 4G data pricing, US cellular is offering a selection of handsets with a $100 instant rebate, including the Samsung Galaxy S3. They are also offering a free Samsung LTE hotspot along with the purchase of any smartphone or tablet.

 

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Smartphone users rarely exceeding 2GB data usage per month, according to NPD http://phandroid.com/2012/08/24/smartphone-users-rarely-exceeding-2gb-data-usage-per-month-according-to-npd/ http://phandroid.com/2012/08/24/smartphone-users-rarely-exceeding-2gb-data-usage-per-month-according-to-npd/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 20:52:36 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=105376

Though the move towards tiered and shared data packages has been met with much resistance and grumbling from smartphone owners, a new study by NPD suggests the vast majority of users are just fine without access to unlimited data plans. Using an Android app to collect info on the data usage of 1,000 smartphone users, NPD found that users on T-Mobile’s network are the most bandwidth hungry. Even still, only 11 percent of subscribers use more than 3GB of data per month.

For AT&T and Verizon, the number is even lower, with only 4 percent and 3 percent of users exceeding 3GB respectively. Usage on Sprint’s network was found to be in the same range as AT&T and Verizon despite unlimited data offerings. T-Mobile’s higher number is attributed to a younger subscriber base taking advantage of streaming music and video. In general it was determined that WiFi connectivity played a large role in alleviating excessive mobile data usage.

While some may find the results surprising, they certainly echo sentiments of my own. While holding on to an unlimited Verizon data plan, rarely does my monthly data usage exceed 2GB. While it is true users will likely be fine with the new data plans set forth by carriers, it doesn’t change the increasingly exorbitant fees service providers are asking for.

[via BGR]

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Subsidized tablet pricing at AT&T ends today http://phandroid.com/2012/08/20/subsidized-tablet-pricing-at-att-ends-today/ http://phandroid.com/2012/08/20/subsidized-tablet-pricing-at-att-ends-today/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:10:36 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=104791

Following in the footsteps of Verizon, AT&T is ending subsidized pricing of tablets shortly after the introduction of shared data plans. According to The Verge, the change will go into place today for devices such as the Pantech Element and HTC Jetstream. With the ability to add a tablet to a shared data plan for only $10/month, subsidization makes little sense for either the consumer or carrier, and with better low cost tablet options coming to market the small savings a subsidy affords likely won’t be missed.

For those still looking to avoid AT&T’s Mobile Share plan, monthly tablet data pricing has decreased to $14.99 for 250MB/month, $30 for 3GB, and $50 for 5GB.

[via The Verge]

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Verizon will gladly take your money if you know about these secret Share Everything data tiers http://phandroid.com/2012/08/08/verizon-will-gladly-take-your-money-if-you-know-about-these-secret-share-everything-data-tiers/ http://phandroid.com/2012/08/08/verizon-will-gladly-take-your-money-if-you-know-about-these-secret-share-everything-data-tiers/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:11:53 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=103679

If Verizon’s 10GB  of data for $100 per month seemed a bit pricey for the top tier of their new Share Everything plans, wait till you see the options they aren’t advertising. For power users that feel the need for a larger cushion of data to get them through the month, Verizon has confirmed a few “secret”  data plans that offer up to 20GB for $150 per month. Other unadvertised options include 12GB for $110/month, 14GB for $120/month, 16GB for $130/month, and 18GB for $140/month. Other Share Everything charges remain the same.

[via BGR]

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South Korea to usher in Voice over LTE with Samsung Galaxy S3 http://phandroid.com/2012/08/07/south-korea-to-usher-in-voice-over-lte-with-samsung-galaxy-s3/ http://phandroid.com/2012/08/07/south-korea-to-usher-in-voice-over-lte-with-samsung-galaxy-s3/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:31:52 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=103623

Voice over LTE is the next frontier for mobile providers. Carriers such as Verizon have been experimenting with the technology that would eliminate the need for separate voice and data networks by taking advantage of the extra bandwidth provided by the 4G LTE spectrum, but it will be South Korea that first sees what is being dubbed “HD Voice.” SK Telecom is launching the service tomorrow, which will be available courtesy of the LTE edition of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Not only will new customers get access to voice over 4G, but an update will be made available to current GS3 owners enabling the new option.

Most future LTE devices from the carrier will feature HD Voice as it becomes more widespread. Eventually the system will be adopted in the US as older wireless networks are decommissioned. Viva la LTE!

[via TheVerge]

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AT&T Mobile Share plans launch August 23 http://phandroid.com/2012/08/06/att-mobile-share-plans-launch-august-23/ http://phandroid.com/2012/08/06/att-mobile-share-plans-launch-august-23/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:57:50 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=103484

Customers now have an availability date for the shared data plans AT&T announced last month. Starting August 23rd, AT&T will launch their Mobile Share plans, which allow subscribers to pair up to 10 devices with a single service plan featuring unlimited talk and text and data options starting at $40  per month for 1GB of access. The options largely mirrors Verizon’s Share Everything plan introduced earlier in the summer. To help customers determine the proper data allowance, AT&T has introduced a Mobile Share planner tool to their site. You can check out more info at AT&T’s blog post announcing the availability.

[AT&T]

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AT&T announces shared data plans of their own starting in August http://phandroid.com/2012/07/18/att-announces-shared-data-plans-of-their-own-starting-in-august/ http://phandroid.com/2012/07/18/att-announces-shared-data-plans-of-their-own-starting-in-august/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:05:18 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=101598

AT&T will soon offer a shared data package for customers wishing to pair multiple devices with a single data allowance of up to 20GB per month. Dubbed Mobile Share, the package offers subscribers the chance to add up to 10 devices to the same service plan, sharing unlimited talk and text with smartphone plans starting at $45 per month plus data options beginning at $40 for 1GB of access. For the largest data option of 20GB users can expect to pay $200 per month, but the per smartphone price drops to $30. Other devices can be added at various monthly fees, with tablets gaining access for $10.

If the pricing and structure sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because AT&T’s Mobile Share has plenty in common with Verizon’s recently announced Share Everything package. It would seem carriers see a future in this style of subscription. With AT&T, customers will still have a choice between Mobile Share, a traditional, or family plan. Mobile Share launches in August.

AT&T GIVES CUSTOMERS MORE CHOICE WITH NEW SHARED WIRELESS DATA PLANS

New Mobile Share Plans Allow Customers to Easily Share Data Across Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices

New and Current Customers Not Required To Choose or Switch to Shared Plans

DALLAS, JULY 18, 2012- AT&T* customers will soon have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, available in late August, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data acrosss martphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, plus get unlimited talk and text. AT&T Mobile Share plans make it easy for customers to manage their data, voice minutes and texting, without needing to keep track of multiple plans.

Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family 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. The new plans will also be available for business customers.

With AT&T Mobile Share plans, customers start by choosing how much data they want each month, then choose up to 10 devices to attach to their shared plan, one of which must be a smartphone. Each plan includes tethering and unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones and basic or quick messaging phones. The larger the data bucket you choose, the less you pay per gigabyte and the less you pay for each smartphone added to the shared plan.

AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to essentially build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers who are more data-centric can choose a larger data bucket. Customers who typically use more voice than data can add multiple smartphones and basic phones and opt for a smaller data bucket.

“We offer customers a broad choice and the best lineup of plans, now enhanced by Mobile Share,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. “With these new plans, the more you share, the more you save. They’ll be a good fit for a variety of new and existing customers. But if customers want to stay on their current plan or choose from our existing plans, they can do that, too. It’s their choice.

“Today we think of people’s smartphones and tablets sharing a bucket of data. But in the future we’ll see health care monitors, connected cars, security systems and other devices in the home all connected to the mobile Internet,” said Christopher. “Our Mobile Share plans are simple, easy and a great value for individuals or families with multiple mobile Internet devices.”

Mobile Share plans give customers more control over how, where and on what device they use data – which has become more important as people use more data devices. You can choose to use more of your data bucket on your tablet, for example, or tap into your databucket only when needed for devices you use occassionally. And by consolidating data plans, you can take advantage of any data you currently have unused each month by efficiently sharing it across devices.

“The ‘more you share, the more you save’ concept is one that will resonate well with customers because of the value provided through the Mobile Share data plans themselves and in smartphone connection fees,” said Roger Entner, Founder and Lead Analyst of Recon Analytics. “AT&T also is providing its customers with flexibility and choice by keeping its existing data plans and not requiring customers to move to Mobile Share unless they want to. It’s a win-win for both AT&T and its customers.”

To help customers track their data usage, AT&T keeps users informed with courtesy alerts as they near their data allowance for the month. Also, 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 also includes access to more than 30,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots – the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** among wireless carriers – 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 plans and determine which plan is best for them at www.att.com/mobileshare.

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