Last year, AT&T and Verizon introduced family share plans based on around a single data pool. US Cellular is now joining the party. Meanwhile, AT&T is following Verizon’s lead and getting rid of their standard plans while T-Mobile is deep-sixing their grandfathered ones. I’ll give you all the details coming up in the next couple paragraphs.
Yes, you heard that right, AT&T will be discontinuing their individual data plans for both individuals and family plans starting on October 25th. If you want the old style plans you have until then to sign up for service. If not, the detail’s on AT&T’s Mobile Share plans is here. If you’re an existing AT&T user, and you’re wondering how this will affect you, it won’t. Current customers are grandfathered in.
Like I alluded to earlier, US Cellular is also moving to shared data plans. If you’re a Verizon Share Everything Customer, US Cellular’s price points will look very familiar. In fact they’re pretty much exact. For Data, you get 300mb for $50 a month to 10GB for $100 a month or even up to 75GB if you’re willing to pay $560. Unlimited voice calling and texting is included in the price. You’ll also have to pay a connection fee for every device you add to the plan. It’s $40 per smartphone, $30 per basic phone, $20 for a Mifi or a USB modem, and $10 per tablet. For those not quite in the internet age yet, there are also basic phone plans still available.
Also taking plans away is T-Mobile and these are the grandfathered type. T-Mobile has sent letters to its customers on previous plans that starting in November it is moving them to currently offered plans to simplify their system. They will have choices starting at $20 or can leave for another carrier at no fee until February 1st of 2014.