Shared Data Plans Touching Down at AT&T on August 23rd

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Zoandar

The prices mentioned here are a LOT higher than the listed prices for similar things on Big Red's Share Everything plan. I have to wonder if VZW has secret plans to raise prices after they lull everyone into the plan?

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buckeyebri32

What I find most amusing about this plan is that even though they've announced it on their website, their in-store employees still don't know any details. I am currently getting an employee discount because my company is a large AT&T customer, and I asked the Customer Service Rep at the store if/what part of the new share plan would be discounted.

He couldn't tell me anything about it, other than he knows the plan will be coming out soon. Bad Customer Service is one thing, but AT&T not even informing their employees to be able to share information about their companies next big marketing objective is rediculous.

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icedearth15324

Honestly, the shared data plan actually benefits me quite a bit. I currently pay just shy of $200 for 2 smart phones and 1 regular phone. I have unlimited data still, and we have an iphone that needs tethering. The regular phone is barely used.

With the 6gb a month plan, I end up paying less than I do now, and we both get tethering, as well as unlimited minutes.

I am actually quite supportive of the shared plan.

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Valor958

I certainly understand being supportive when it benefits you. This is part of the problem overall. Too many people support something SOLELY becuase it benefits them. What about looking at the big picture of the large majority of people who will be greatly disadvantaged by the change in pricing structure. Many people probably aren't even fully aware of the changes for one reason or another.
This type of thing needs to STOP. Smartphones are NOT a necessity and charging as much as car insurance for a PHONE is beyond ridiculous. Unfortunately, too many people are only concerned about themselves and everyone else is just on their own.
Maybe I'm crazy, but I actually take into consideration how my support effects the situation as a whole. Just think, if your vote could swing a topic either way, would you choose supporting one side that would benefit you while most others suffered, or support the other side and help the many.

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Happy

Considering how mobile is very much the future I find this era of obscene cost for wireless internet access for your phone to be insane and necessarily short-lived. Things can't stay like this. Soon everyone will have a smartphone and it will be absolutely indispensable to life and not everyone can afford the current costs. Something is going to have to give and costs are going to have to come down.

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gmvolk

I was going to argue your comment, but a quick search shows half of all phones in the US are smartphones. Most smartphone owners make 75K plus a year, so for them $200-300 per month is probably nothing. The next biggest users are the 18-35 crowd, not sure how most will react to this kind of pricing, but then again they probably only have the phone and maybe a tablet so the cost won't be as much. Still, I'll stick with my dumb phone. I don't need to check email, and have no desire to download fart apps.

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livebriand

And to think - I pay $30/month for my smartphone... (tmobile prepaid - 5GB data, 100 minutes, unlimited texting) Granted, sure, I had to pay upfront for the phone, but then I'm not stuck with one carrier either.

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tony2tonez

Im even considering dropping at&t. Just get a boost mobile or metro pcs and get a android phone. And those. Wonderful people over at xda will help me root my phone again and I will never have to worry about getting a official update, plus I will get extra features.

With all the wifi around I barely use my network for regular data.

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winmaster

Virgin Mobile FTW. Unlimited text+data + 300 call minutes for $25/month. (I'm grandfathered in though as long as I don't upgrade phones. Needless to say, I will be on Froyo for a while. A long, long while.)

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someuid

I don't get it. Why would they charge you a per month fee just for connecting a device? Your data usage is still capped. You should be able to connect a bazillion devices, all controlled with an app and/or a webpage, and they shouldn't care one bit.

These rates are getting into Car Payment territory.

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gmvolk

That's just crazy! Just another reason not to use a smart phone. I am pretty much never far from a PC so I can check and send email, browse the web etc when I want. I thought it sucked when I had to spend $80-100 each month for just basic voice minutes. I switched to tracfones about 4 years ago and I save so much money. I would never want to pay that much extra for the "privilege" of using a smart phone. I don't see how people can allow themselves to be f'd over by the cell phone companies. With gas prices and food prices increasing I don't see how anybody can afford that.

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Eoraptor

Good lord, between 30 and 45 bucks per extra device, BEFORE you add on taxes and fees? Especially when you consider most devices are going to use 2 gigs or more per month each? Man they really see people coming with this price scheme don't they? Unless you're packing 5 or 6 laptops/smart devices, this is no bargain what soever...

Of course they trot out the tired old excuse of "preserving bandwidth." because, why spend your gigantic profits reinvesting in equipment and bandwidth licenses when you can just raise the price and hence the bar of entry?

Then these companies wonder why services like Virgin Unlimited, metroPCS, Straight Talk, and Tracfone are doing business like gangbusters even with comparatively shitty coverage and poor devices.

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Valor958

knipfty is a perfect example of why plans like this are allowed to go into existance at all. $278 for 6.4 or 10gb / mo on wireless? That is absolutely insane! I can go through 10gb of bandwidth in all of a week, 10x that in a month if i'm downloading as normal. They have plenty of infrastructure available to be able to handle the load. Just look at the margins they're aiming for. Right now they're at ~40%+ profit overall... and they still want MORE! There is no customer service left there, just blatant milking that people apparently are willing to accept. That is NOT a good deal. In the tech world... the US is rapidlly becoming irrelivant due to crap like this.

Benjo however is a great example of how we should all react to get some reform out of the Telecoms. Smartphones are 'nice', but hardly essential. I plan to stick with my 'dumb-phone' for a very long time.. and usually I keep it off anyways. Why the heck do we need to check EVERYTHING when we're out and about. Can't it wait until you get home? If you need to check your email for meeting someone.. why can't you just CALL each other?
I have a lot of friends in Europe, and their speeds are easily double mine, sometimes even around 100mbps+ for what i'm paying for 10mbps that doesn't even come through at 10... And those Telecoms STILL expand and provide BETTER services. When was the last time AT&T or Verizon actually put of an improved service... REALLY improved. Speed increase for 2x the cost and a data cap?.. NOT an improvement.

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knipfty

I paid $278 last month. Under the new plan, I would pay $270 plus any taxes. I would get more data, 10 GB vs 6.4 GB. I would get unlimitted voice, but I wasn't using all that I was paying anyway.

I like the idea of the teathering though at no extra charge. So that could come in handy on my wife's iPad.

What's interestingis that the 1st four plans bounce between $265 and $270. So it make no sense to choose a cheaper plan. I have 5 smart phones...

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someuid

I consider $270 to be close to New Car Payment territory.

How much do you make a month?

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jaygregz

I'm still rocking straight talk. Unlimited talk, text, and web (although not truely unlimited) on AT&T towers for $45 per month. I use the iphone 4 that I bought off craigslist and I can't tell a difference except for my phone bill.

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jaygregz

PS I can't wait until my wave of the republic wireless beta!

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Benjo

This would have been nice back when we had 3 smartphones on a 5 phone family plan. Now we are down to 1 and planning to downgrade it to a dumbphone when the phone dies or the contract is up.

The netbook and tablet rates are the only reasonably priced options. :S

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