AT&T has launched new “Mobile Share Value Plans” which offer lower monthly rates — especially if you bring your own phone or buy a new phone at full price up front (instead of spreading out payments over a 2-year contract).
Basically you’ll save $15 per month if you don’t sign up for a 2-year contract to get a new phone and instead bring your own phone or sign up for a new plan after your existing contract expires.
That means talk text, and data plans now start as low as $45 per month.
What you get for that price is unlimited talk and text, but just 300MB of data. You’ll have to pay more if you want more data. A 1GB plan runs $70 per month. 2GB will set you back $80. There are additional plans that go all the way up to 50GB.
Since these are AT&T’s Mobile Share Value Plans, you can also add other devices to your plan and share your data allotment between devices. Additional phones cost $20 extra per month, each. The same goes for laptops or mobile hotspots. A tablet is a $10 add-on.
If you have a single phone and only need a few gigabytes of data, you can probably get a better deal by using an AT&T-compatible phone with an MVNO like Straight Talk or Net10. They operate on AT&T’s network, but offer much lower prices — I pay $45 per month for Straight Talk and get unlimited talk and text plus 2.5GB of high-speed data.
But it’s nice to see AT&T offering discounts for customers that bring their own devices, something that rivals including T-Mobile have been doing for a while. And these new plans could save you some money if you have a number of devices you want to sign up to a single plan.