Verizon recently introduced their shared data plans which have gotten okay reviews, but are rather lacking on the data side which isn't too surprising. Unlimited talk and text is great, but when you've got to share a few gigs of data across multiple devices, it can add up quick. AT&T announced their own shared data plans which are expected to launch next month.
The carrier's shared data plans are very similar to Verizon, however the pricing is a bit more in some instances. Also, AT&T offers up to 20GB of data where Verizon only offers up to half of that. Here's the pricing as follows (each plan comes with unlimited talk and text):
- 1GB data: $40/month + $45/month per smartphone.
- 4GB data: $70/month + $40/month per smartphone.
- 6GB data: $90/month + $35/month per smartphone.
- 10GB data: $120/month + $30/month per smartphone.
- 15GB data: $160/month + $30/month per smartphone.
- 20GB data: $200/month + $30/month per smartphone.
For extra data, it will cost $15 per gigabyte. As far as adding other devices on your plan, basic phone will cost $30/month, laptops, LaptopConnect cards, and netbooks will cost $20/month, and tablets or gaming devices will cost $10/month. For families, it's pretty obvious that these new shared data plans will add up fast.
An analyst by the name of Robert Edner said, "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."
Not so sure about that one, but if you're locked into a two year contract, you don't have much of a choice unless you want to pay an arm and a leg to get out of it. Sprint & T-Mobile are carriers that have the most reasonable fees and with how things are going, hopefully they remain firm with their current pricing and business model.