AT&T to start shared data plans August 23rd

In July, AT&T announced that it would offer its customers its own version of a shared data plan, a few weeks after Verizon launched its shared data effort, called Share Everything. Today, AT&T announced that its Mobile Share plans will be made available for new and current subscribers beginning on Thursday August 23rd.

AT&T has also launched a new webpage that includes a tool which allows its customers to estimate how much data they use and then pick the plan that they feel most represent how much data they will use every month.

As we have reported before, AT&T's Mobile share plans begin with a price of $40 a month for one GB of data, plus $45 for each smartphone on the data plan. If a customer adds in a tablet device to the plan, the price will increase the price by $10 a month. Adding a laptop or mobile hotspot will add another $20 a month.

The upper limit on AT&T's Mobile Share plan is 20 GB a month for $200, which is double the amount of data that Verizon allows with its Share Everything plan.

While AT&T and Verizon will now have shared data plans, Sprint remains the only one of the  three major wireless carriers in the US to offer a truly unlimited data plan for its customers, although without a sharing option.

Source: AT&T website | Image via AT&T

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“The upper limit on AT&T's Mobile Share plan is 20 GB a month for $200, which is double the amount of data that Verizon allows with its Share Everything plan."

This is wrong. You can get as much data as you want on Verizon even though it isn't listed on the brochure. I Believe it's $10 for each additional 2 GB.

Pricing is a joke any more along with what you pay for what you get. I dumped our Smart phones and went back to the old MotoRazr phones with no data, 2 phone unlimited voice is 60 a month now. We both have tablets and use them on Wifi. I just refuse to keep paying the amount of money they want anymore to use a smartphone. Somebody else can pay it.

I think there must be some mistake here... this would cost way more than getting 2GB a month under the current plan. Are they forcing this? why are they screwing their customers so hard?

Do you all Remember Paying for internet Usage in the early and Mid 90s. There were tons of DLS and Dail-up Providers. We had awesome price wars for years, until they all went unlimited.

NOW... All the Competition is gone. We have 3 major choices, ATT (Screw you and drop your Calls) Verizon (Screw you without a reach around) and SPRINT (Data So Slow might as well get a 28.8k Modem)

Yes yes, there are some regional areas and T-Mobile. But for how long, and are they really competitive players.

I have worked as an Engineer for the old MCI/WorldCom and Nextel. They are all Greedy SOBs that wait till the last minute to upgrade.

I am think of going back to a standard phone. Maybe we all should and make their network Upgrades worthless.

MikadoWU said,
Do you all Remember Paying for internet Usage in the early and Mid 90s. There were tons of DLS and Dail-up Providers. We had awesome price wars for years, until they all went unlimited.

NOW... All the Competition is gone. We have 3 major choices, ATT (Screw you and drop your Calls) Verizon (Screw you without a reach around) and SPRINT (Data So Slow might as well get a 28.8k Modem)

Yes yes, there are some regional areas and T-Mobile. But for how long, and are they really competitive players.

I have worked as an Engineer for the old MCI/WorldCom and Nextel. They are all Greedy SOBs that wait till the last minute to upgrade.

I am think of going back to a standard phone. Maybe we all should and make their network Upgrades worthless.


GCI Wireless in Alaska is very competitive with AT&T up here. They have the only 4G network in Alaska right now and don't kill you the way AT&T does. I am an AT&T customer, but only because I'm in the military and move around all the time.

Paying extra for data that we already pay for just so we can use it on another phone/device that we already paid for. The least they could've done was to make it cheap. I'll keep my unlimited and tethering thank you very much.

Jesus Christ, $45 to simply tie an additional phone to an existing plan? What cost does that charge cover exactly? Yeah, none. Money grabbing scumbags.