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.
T-Mobile doesn’t have overage charges, 500MB w/ Unlmtd TLK-TXT for $50??? Sounds more reasonable to me. It just slows your data down, but still… Better Value than AT&T!!
#1 — Bring your own phone.
#2 — 1Gb of data. That ain’t very much.
#3 — No mention of cost of data overage or how it’s billed (per Gb? per Mb?) once you go over the 1Gb.
#4 — Want a new phone? Full retail price, if you please (iPhone 5S = $650.00)
It only makes sense if you want to import a phone they don’t offer. For me, I’m ordering the Z1 (C6906) so it will save me a little/month. That helps to offset the cost of what I’m paying for the phone, plus I am selling my current one and I’m not locked into a contact. I’d like to know the overage cost too, though I’ll have more than enough data for my needs.
Do they have any new and cheaper data only plans? I’d like to open an account with AT&T for data only devices.
Yes, they have plans that are available for data only devices like tablets and mi-fi hotspots. The details are on their website, but the plans start at $30 for 4GB, plus $10-$20 per device ($10 for tablets).
For 300MB for $45? FUUUUUUUUUU
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