T-Mobile Takes Jabs At New AT&T Shared Data Plans

With T-Mobile already hitting Verizon on their recently announced Share Everything plans, they’re turning their attention to AT&T’s morning announcement of their own shared data plans unveiling in late August.

Penned by T-Mobile’s Direct of Product Marketing, Harry Thomas, T-Mobile points out that AT&T’s plans are costly, complicated and overall just not good for the customer. Read the statement below:

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Full Statement:  

“Unlike AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile does not plan on introducing shared family data plans and believes consumers will not benefit from that model. AT&T and Verizon shared family plans are:

· COSTLY – AT&T and Verizon are charging more for what consumers want by raising rates on data, but promoting the “value” by pointing to unlimited talk and text even though today many consumers use less of these services.
· COMPLICATED – both plans force customers to share data when many customers don’t know how much data they’re using, which makes it hard to stay within their limit when trying to balance multiple users.
· PUNITIVE – At the same time that AT&T and Verizon are making it harder for customers to manage overages, they are also charging overage rates of $15/GB for accounts with at least one smartphone.

Conversely, at T-Mobile we believe that:

· Customers who pay more, should get more – Rather than having to account for each device on a shared4.gif family data plan, T-Mobile customers can use their existing data plan to power multiple devices, while still saving hundreds of dollars annually.
· Data should be worry-free – With T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans, there is no surprise data cap or bill shock.
· Data plans should be flexible and affordable – At T-Mobile, customers have the option of only paying for the amount of data each member of the family believes they will need.” – Harry Thomas for T-Mobile

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  • Fer428000

    Great job t-mobile stand up for what’s right

  • bydavidrosen

    so i guess this would be a good time to ask… lets say a good tablet came out on t-mobile that’s actually mobile data enabled. how much would it cost to add service to it? cheaper than the at&t shared plan? i never come even close to my 3gb, so i’m sure i could easily stay under 3gb with both devices, but i don’t think that’s allowed is it?

    • fsured

      It would cost whatever the price is to tether your phone to it.  Or buy its own data package if you buy with a contract for a lower out the door cost.  Those are my guesses.

    • MacRat
      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        Why not just get the $30/month 5GB, 100mins.

        • MacRat

          Because that is a cell phone account and T-Mobile blocks it from working on any device ID they have defined as a data device.

        • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

           I see, but it will work with none t-mo branded devices, right?

        • cutienoua

          I guess it will work with something like mifi 2352 but only with Edge
          I do have this model of mifi unlocked but never tried my sim because is a microsim and would have to use an adapter.Maybe I’ll give it a try when bored ! smile
          when refarming is complete it will be a great option ,unless blocked by tmobile

    • nmw407

      So let’s say you have one phone and one tablet, and you get the 4GB plan. With AT&T, you would pay $70 + $40 + $10 = $120

      With T-Mo, on the value plan, you would pay: unlimited calling, text, and data up to 2GB $60 + 2GB mobile broadband plan for the tablet for $40 = $100
      or you could get an unlimited premium (up to 5GB) for $75 and tether the tablet. 

      Either way, T-Mo still seems cheaper in the long run.

      • bydavidrosen

        my unlimited everything loyalty plan (been with them 8 years) is $95 for my phone (that also includes my insurance). so i’d be paying $140 to then also get data on a tablet… of course i could tether (maybe, depending on the phone/tablet), but i’m talking about actually with plans.

  • Hudi G.

    waiting for a refarm update.

    • kalel33

      Last update said Q4, so you’re going to be waiting for awhile.

  • 21stNow

     It’s an attack, but not a good one.  AT&T customers will be able to choose from Mobile Share or the current individual and family plans.  VZW customers don’t have to change from their existing plans, either.  Then under the customer who pay more should get more area, the part about sharing data isn’t a T-Mobile advantage since AT&T and VZW will allow you to do this, as well (and you won’t have to have a 5GB plan to do it without an extra fee).

    T-Mobile should promote their lower overall cost and the fact that you don’t have to have a data plan on a smartphone on a Value plan.  Also, promote Wi-fi calling.  These are the things that set T-Mobile apart that the other carriers can’t touch.  That press release was like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

    • kalel33

      Verizon customer have to change to a shared data plan if they get a subsidized phone.  They’ll slowly get their customers to change over.

      • 21stNow

        VZW customers can keep their current plans with a subsidized upgrade, with the exception of unlimited data.  Those customers can choose from the old tiered data plans or the Share Everything plans if they want a subsidized upgrade.  The only people who have to choose Share Everything are new customers.

        • Dakota

          Well  I had been considering VZ but no more.

    • Dakota

      how do you promote wifi calling?  Say that you’re network is so weak that you won’t be able to make calls from your house so you better have wifi and use your cell phone on someone else’s data network?

      • UMA_Fan

        No it’s more along the lines of the reality that no network is perfect everywhere.  There are always buildings with tough signal penetration or remote areas where it’s tough to get service.

        There’s actually a short video about WiFi Calling on T-Mobile’s website which actually goes through everything even the no international roaming charge aspect of it.  They should air a version of that on TV.

        • Gouv

          You know tmobile really owes you something for all the evangelical like work you do around here for them.. I’m serious. I’m not even being a prick! You consistently and cleverly always position tmo in a much lighter and fresher way that I’m sure you’ve probably saved some customer from defecting around here. You really should let tmo know what you do for them… Seriously. Then you could get paid for supporting a brand you truly are loyal to even if you already work for them.

      • 21stNow

         UMA_Fan is right.  No matter what cellular service provider you use if you go enough places, you will be somewhere that doesn’t have a cellular signal.  With the other national carriers, there’s nothing you can do.  With T-Mobile, you can use Wi-fi calling and you can live happily ever after. ; )

  • Thecityboy781

    “no more Mr Nice Girl” umm shouldnt that be miss or misses?

    • Gouv

      It’s a lady boy!!!

  • gwhyte01

    A-freakin-men mobile…don’t ever be like these two greedy motha…..s. And their customers are stupid for staying with the company and paying that much.

  • fixxmyhead

    shared data plans= stupid ass idea

  • Flydresser

    Of course both carriers are overcharging their customers. Why should the customer pay an access fee every month to use what he is already being over charged for? And why have to pay this fee for every device? After all the whole point of a share plan is to “share” which by definition requires more than one device. ” it’s nice to be the King” it seems.

    • Dakota

      Why do postpaid carriers charge activation and upgrade fees in addition to the phone costs?  The interesting effect here may be on those apps that let you use data networks for texting.  Now basically all the carriers are going to have unlimited texting so Id think those apps would be hurt.  No one will be worried about going over their texts.  Maybe they can still use it for international texting.  I use TextFree to text a friend in Australia for free

      WEll everyone complained that the carriers were gouging customers by charging .20 per text so now they give you calling and texting and gouge you on data.

  • Johnyboyluzig

    Customers have the option of only paying for the amount of data each member of the family believes they will need. If that’s the case then why force people to sign up for a 2 GIG min plan when upgrading to the GSIII for two years. I understand that “All” the carriers are doing the same thing, but I thought Tmo was supposed to be different. 

    • Dakota

      often on sales, they require you to sing up for 5gb

      • Moss

        Correct, but once again, only to get the mail in rebate. Just like the fathers day sale, The GS2 and HTC One S were $300, discount price. They would then send you a mail in rebate (unless you are in Dade County/Miami FL, CT, or RI where if a phone is free, its free instore.) for that value only if you were signed up for the 5gb web plan. Otherwise if you chose the $10 200mb package or $20 2GB package on classic, you get the phone at the discount price of $300, and no mail in rebate. Same thing applied to Value plan upgrades and activations, just at different feature, phone and rebate values.

        • kalel33

          Plus they can change their data to 200mb once the rebate is processed. There’s no requirement to keep the 2GB data plan once the rebate is processed and sent out.

    • Moss

      You are not required to get the 2gb data plan for the GS3. You are only required to get the 2gb data plan if you want to be eligible for the mail-in rebate.

  • Carloslacend

    Well in that if tmobile is right. At&t bill is too expensive. That’s the only reason that I still have tmobile. That’s the only good thing about tmobile. But it has some defect. We’ll have to wait for LTE tmobile and see which bill higher than who

    • Gouv

      I can totally support and verify that claim. Being an AT&T user, I do pay plenty but considering how much I travel I’m often amazed at their coverage And it’s overall reach. I thankfully use data and SMS more than anything else but after traveling the country quite rigorously for work the last few years I can say that their voice quality is not the greatest but their overall data general network reach is just remarkable. However, if you are constantly in a major metropolitan area and don’t have a problem with in building coverage (tmo’s 1700/2100 MHz Has developed a bad reputation amongst my colleagues in the engineering sales field). Than tmo is probably good for most city living. In my case I live in a rural area where both tmo Verizon AT&T are all on the one single tower my small snobby / yuppy town has. Sadly they all say they have grey coverage even tmo but AT&T is the only one that works for most around here. So to end my blabbering about this and to get to my main point… If it ain’t broke than don’t fix it man. If tmo works well and delivers satisfactory service than stick with them even of they don’t have LtE. Yeah their management pisses me off and I wish they’d fold and detatch themselves From DT but like I said , if it works then just hold on to it.

      • TMOTECH

        AT&T probably is using 850 MHZ for 3G and 2G. It is definitely a better propagating frequency band. Especially when you only have one tower to work with.  

    • WW

      It looks like (based on others’ description of their grandfathered plans and how old they are), TMo’s pretty liberal in allowing people to keep their old, out of contract plans.  
        
      Go to a Value Plan before these hypothetical price hikes and you can stay super cheap forever (until TMo changes their grandfathering policy) and upgrade your phone as often as you want/can afford (since you have to pay full price but can buy unlocked phones from any source you choose).

  • Dakota

    Does anyone know what percentage of mobile customers are individuals?  As an individual customer, Im hating these shared plans that are increasing fees by $30 or more.  A VZ plan with 2gb went from a low of 70 to a mandatory of 100.  As TMo rep said, they’re giving people unlimited talk and text when they don’t want it.  At least (For now) ATT isn’t eliminating the old rates but Im sure they will over time.  IT would be a perfect time for Tmo to get the iPhone cuz they will really be able to compete on price…and Sprint still isn’t a reliable network for most people….and now ATT and VZ are making it unaffordable for many customers.  I do also agree that its harder to manage data then minutes or texts…You don’t really know how much data something is using until its too late.  THe overages fees are also ridiculous – esp since I think they’re mandatory…you don’t get the chance to say I don’t want any data for the next 3 days, you automatically get charged.    But also on TMo, I found Edge useless.  I didn’t get throttled but I was in an area just a couple miles from downtown Atlanta, and my phone went to E…I couldn’t check email , go on the web, or get my GPS Navigation to work so I could find myself back home…I wish VZ and ATT customers would rebel but they probably will continue to grow.  

    • cutienoua

      I use edge all the time,all 2gb of it per month.I can stream music and email,text 
      for everything else I have 2 hotspots 5gb verizon plus 2 gb att

      • Guestwe

        how in the world are u able to stream music on edge? it keeps on buffering  and stopping every few seconds.   i find edge to be highly unreliable at least where i live.i hoonestly feel handicapped when i hit my cap and get throttled  to edge.

        • cutienoua

          When you get throttled is less than edge speed!
          Edge is aprox 256kbps ,music stream is 128kbps ,it works OK in Seattle area.

        • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

          It depends on where you are.  Edge is stronger in some places than others.  When I’m in or near downtown Charlotte I can stream Pandora on Edge but  In rural areas it takes forever just to buffer one song.

    • Needspeed64

       once Tmo get Iphone, they might have to jack up their price to compensate for the expensive subsidize they have to pay for Apple (look what happened to Sprint).

  • Dakota

    i don’t know if the article I read earlier was accurate but it showed the new att plan data plans going from 1g b to 4gb (with no 2gb or 3gb)…That seems pretty sleazy as most people need more than 1 but less than 4.  Their current ind plan was a good rate at $30 for 3gb…add 450 rollover minutes for $40 and you’ve got 70 depending on whether you want to pay for a texting plan or use your data for that.  But VZ now at 100 is something the prepaids who offer 2.5g for 45 should highlight…granted its lte vs 3g… i just don’t know how bad or slow 3g is cuz on tmo my phone goes from their 4g (which sell only gets an avg 1-2mbps whenever I’ve done speediest) or E which is useless

    • Roger Deoliveira

       That is the most complicated thing ive ever read….how about $87 for unlimited everything and 2GB of 4G web.  No need to count minutes, data, texts.

    • bleeew

      Verizon 3g is 1~2.5 mbps

  • Moneyman

    I’m interested in the thoughts of those individuals who wanted the at&t buyout to be a success because if it was, both verizon and at&t would have shared data. The At&t always let their customers keep their grandfather plans for a couple months until they decide different. Fortunately, it did not happen. If it did, sprint would be the only company offering individual data at a decent price.

    • Gouv

      True but isn’t there some statistical verification out there somewhere that most users on the wireless landscape are on a shared plan of some sort. Even single people I’m recent economic times are on share plans to help alleviate costs. Being on an individual plan just always seems leas valuable than a share plan. Of course some people have specific needs out there that require individual plans but I think for the general user, share plans are the way to go especially if you split the cost amongst the sharing party.

      • TMOTECH

        If the cost is less you are correct but have you seen AT&T’s plans. They are more expensive than their old individual plans. $40 for 1G of data plus 40 bucks per device. So for three devices it is $160 a month for 1G of shared data. I don’t get it. Maybe i am reading it wrong. Seems like a rip to me. 

        • 21stNow

           Maybe your comparison should be tweaked.  Since the Mobile Share plans give unlimited minutes and text, you would have to compare this to the unlimited minutes family plan.  For three phones, that would have been $170 for voice and $30 for unlimited text.  So the old plan would have been $200 before any data.  Add $60 for the comparable data plan for your example and it becomes $260 under the old plan vs. $175 under Mobile Share ($45 x 3 + $40).

        • Gouv

          I was speaking shared plans in general but i think the carriers will always manipulate their offerings to enable their customers to herd themselves together.

  • MisterBlue

    That’s one lucky bike.  

    That is all.  Goodbye.

  • JustSaying

    I think shared data plans would be a great idea if they were strictly available to people who purchased unsubsidized phones.  That way you would simply pay for how much data you want to share, and instead of have outrageous add line charges they could at least be reasonable.  These plans are just garbage.

    • WW

      Add a line for Classic Plans is currently on promo starting at $5 (500 voice) and $0 for Value Plans.  
        
      2GB (throttled after 2GB) data is $10 for Value Plans.  My kids have 200MB data for $5.  If I want to share data, they can leech (hotspot) off my 5GB plan.

  • Singleweird

    does anyone know a good work-around for the landing page with wifi tethering? htc one s. 

    • kalel33

      Yeah, go in and edit your APN settings.  remove all the data except for the epc.tmobile.com.  It works great on my Amaze by doing that.

      • Singleweird

        where are APN settings?

        • kalel33

          Menu button>Settings>Wireless and Networks>Mobile Networks>Access Point Names

        • Singleweird

          nice its working now thanks!

    • https://www.facebook.com/michael.t.delgado Michael D

      I don’t know about now but they did have a tethering plan that was the same price as the normal data when I added it.  All you had to do was tell them you want the xgigs plan that includes tethering for no extra charge.  It just had a different name in their system and she had to hunt around for a bit to find it but yeah, I can’t complain.

  • Antonjart

    T-mobile should stfu and stop signing people to surprise contracts that no one actually consented to!

    • https://www.facebook.com/michael.t.delgado Michael D

      HuH?  In many years that hasn’t happened to me or anybody that I know with T-Mobile.

      • 21stNow

         He’s probably referring to the fact that T-Mobile started doing contract extensions anytime you change your voice plan.

        • https://www.facebook.com/michael.t.delgado Michael D

          Lol, the contract he was signing wasn’t enough of a clue that specifically said the terms were being extended ?  

        • hockeyavs23

           Is there a company that doesn’t extend contracts for rate plan changes?

    • Adkfhakjdfh

      You probably went to an indirect dealer when that happened or you got a greedy sales rep

    • scottmog

      stop dialing 611 when drunk imo

  • Xavier

    even with employee discounts on both verizon and att at my company.  some of my coworker bills are more expensive than my own.  and i load clips faster than them…these people lol

    • WW

      My company also gets me discounts on the 4 national carriers.  I’ve priced all 4 for what I need and TMo gives me, by far the best value.  I pay $140 (5 phones with various voice & data) after discount (it’ll drop to $110 on month 21 of the 24 month contract) on TMo.  The other carriers ranged from $180 (yellow) to $240 (red) after discount.  
        
      I must admit (as a fan of TMo) that their coverage isn’t as complete as Red but the 98% compared to 95% coverage (that’s a guesstimate of how often I get no signal) isn’t worth anywhere close to the $100 per month price difference.

  • formertmobileuser

    Of all carriers, AT&T did not want this move to “share everything” but had to. Verizon is not stupid. There is a reason why they are the leaders of LTE and now the “share everything” model. Despite what some people think, the new Verizon Share Everything plan does save people some good money, like me. You see, the flexibility I get with data options in that I can chose up to 20GB of data to share with the ability to buy 2GB of data for $10 before I go over, is priceless. That, and I pay for and get what I want – premium 4G on the premier LTE network that is on track to have their entire 3G footprint lit up by 2013. I don’t know about you, but where I live Verizon’s LTE spanks AT&T, Sprint,and T-Mobile, badly. And although T-Mobile does give you “unlimited” data, after you hit your speed limit your throttled to 2G without any more options to speed and who wants that, not me. Lets not even go there with Sprint’s or AT&T’s data network. Bottom line: One day, when T-Mobile finally gets with the program and offers LTE (and perhaps the iPhone if they can stop being cheap and show Apple the money, lol), they will eat crow and move to share everything plans, watch. 

    • cutienoua

      careful ! hateful comments in 1!2!3! smile

    • Bronze 6

      1. Apple would more likely go to them, as they will have THE FASTEST LTE netwrk, Release 10 Equipment vs Release 6/8 Equipment. 
      2. T-Mobile is the ONLY celluar company that can go in the red without becoming worthless. (as it is now) Att Valued it at 39Bil. So, T-Mobile can undercut its competitors because, wait for it, there are no investors to impress(They are owned by DT, which makes billions annually, so it can throw money at Tmobile) 
      3. T-Mobile doesn’t need to be cheap, it just need to be competitive. 
      4. T-Mobile HSPA+42 network was nearly as fast as 4gLTE, I doubt you need an extra 3 mbps, when your speeds are already 20mbps. I’d rather pay 50$ for 10gb of data than 100$.
      5. DT (Tmos owner) already has the iphone, its relatively easy to get the iphone on to tmo, but, they need to finish the refarm b/c of compatibility issues. 
      6. So, your willing to pay 50$ extra a month for barely better service?, thats an ipad 32GB down the drain every year!

    • Guest09

      I don’t know where you get the idea these plans are so great what about people on family plans with maybe 1 smartphone and 2 basic phones or a individual plan. $90 for unlimited talk text and 1gb of data is not good by any means. With Verizon you had 5 friends and family and unlimited Verizon mobile to mobile calling so is unlimited talk needed? I think not. AT&T had rollover, unlimited mobile to mobile and nights and weekends so is unlimited talk needed? Again no. Most people use cellphones and with 450 minutes that’s 7.5 hours a month to call landlines and what you don’t use just adds up. If you honestly believe that’s a good deal well that’s good for you but it doesn’t benefit the masses. The demand is high they can charge what they want there are broke people with smartphones paying a premium for no reason and the carriers know this. It’s like a drug and they can charge what they want cause people want their fix. And what’s with the bashing on AT&T and Sprint I know plenty of places AT&T can pull 5mbps down that Verizon’s coverage doesn’t exist and don’t forget they are deploying LTE as well and also have HSPA+. Verizon also has a lot of roaming partners go on their map and look at their PTT coverage that is native Verizon only and compare that to AT&T’s. Not only do I know places that AT&T provides better data coverage but better voice quality as well while Verizon’s voice quality is garbled and quiet. Sprint also built their network from the ground up instead of buying everyone else out. While their network does need work they are working on fixing that. I respect T-Mobile and there pricing and their network may not be as big it works well for a lot of people and not everybody travels the U.S. frequently and needs coverage in every little spot it’s nice to be unconnected for a little while. Also it’s not so much T-Mobile is cheap why they don’t have the iPhone it’s the fact it’s 3G network is incompatable at the moment and do you honestly think it would be in Apple’s be interest to allow T-Mobile to sale a iPhone that will only work on T-Mobile’s 2G network. In the end I as would most would rather pay $70-$85 dollars and have a plan that better fits me with more data. You tell me what can you really do with 1gb of data how long would that last especially on LTE or even tethering I see a $15/gb overage in the future. I also seen you didn’t mention how much that 20gb cost a month. There are videos out there of interviews and postings from AT&T and Verizon’s CEO’s where they say with their own mouths they want to make more money off people with the new plans not set themselves up to loose money. I’d be more than happy to post a vid of the meetings most of the general public is unaware of what’s said. I’d rather not support a company that’s goal is to squeeze every dime out of the consumer.

  • MuthaFuckinStephen

    Does this girl eat once a year?

    • Napster87

      are you talking about Carly? that’s how women are supposed to look :)

      • Max_Kelman

        Pencil thin? I like healthy, curvy women. Stick figures are not desirable in myb ook. 

        • Napster87

          Healthy by medieval standards where being fat was a sign of health and power?

        • Max_Kelman

          I dk if they were considered healthy, I do know that being fat was a status symbol back then tho because being fat meant you have enough power and resources to eat like a king. 

          I don’t want obese women tho, I am talking an average weight no more than 155 and curvy. She could be 115 as long as she curvy. 

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

           Yeah the last chick before Carly is a babe. Don’t know about now. but I heard she’s still hot.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

           “Medieval”? What are we still loving in the Roman times?

        • Napster87

          There’s a big gap on that timeline, buddy.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          I slept through that in school. I’m guessing your those guys that dresses up as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings when those movie premier huh?. You seem to know your stuff.

        • Napster87

          You’re making fun of people for having common sense? How’s your work ethic?

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          Work? I’m my own boss. I have 200 people working for me. I didn’t make it this far playing with action figures and magic potion.

        • Napster87

          Hardcore bs. But I’m not here for a pissing contest. Have fun with your remedial history class.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          Right and keep playing with dolls buddy. Just remember when to grow and I’ll always have a job for you in the city. ;)

        • Napster87

          You assume someone plays with dolls because they no the basic timeline of history….definitely no way you own or run your own company. Who you trying to fool? You would be too mature to reply to a simple tech blog. Good day sir.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          Who am I fooling? Boy no one is trying to fool anyone. You got mad cause I called you out on something that’s true about you. I can talk this way cause at the end of the day. Who’s gonna stop me from commenting on a tech blog. I say what I feel You may not like it but that America for you buddy. You’ll see when you move out your mom’s basement.

        • Napster87

          Hahaha these are the insults of a successful business man, huh? And you didn’t bust anyone out on anything other than yourself on not knowing anything about history. You’re a moron bro. And when you learn that no one is eating the shit thats coming out of your mouth you’re gonna be lost. Your false sense of accomplishment is laughed at by everyone. If you died tomorrow no one would care enough to attend your funeral. So they’d probably skip it. Donate your body to science because no one you know would deal with your crap now that they don’t have to. Take care of yourself, man. Get your life together. Maybe take some paxil so you’re not a social outcast looking for reactions on the internet. God bless you, dude. I’ll be praying for you.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          You go pray to some hookers kid.

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          Hey your baby mama look like one sweet ass. I see why you knocked her up. Maybe it’s a “God” thing. Yeah buddy it’s cool that you linked your facebook to this. I see how much of a square you are. And an idea of location. ;)

        • Napster87

          *yawns*

      • MuthaFuckinStephen

        Go a a big city and see for yourself

    • scottmog

      you sound obese and jealous, ow8… look at your screen name. I understand why you like big butts and you cannot lie.

      • MuthaFuckinStephen

        Scott I know for a fact that you don’t get out much or there aren’t much females where you live. See I live in a big city where there are always beautiful girls around. You look like a dork in your picture. I know this for a fact that you wouldn’t say all the shit your saying here in from of my face. Look at you. Go get a make over. I said this to a few people in the pass. and I’m gonna say this to you. You’ll thanks me later.

        • scottmog

          #1 that picture is from about 10 years ago
          #2 I’m married to a drop dead gorgeous woman for 5 years now
          #3 Its spelled “past” not pass.

      • MuthaFuckinStephen

         You so racist. That’s the best you got huh?

        • scottmog

          Im racist when you are the one that has a screen name of a fictional white supremacist.

  • me

    The only thing I really don’t like is that they force unlimited talk. Personally, I use between 30-100 anytime min on my three line family plan thanks to myFaves and mobile2mobile. My family members with their own family plans only use a couple hundred minutes. A lot of folks are using more data and text and less voice. I don’t like that the shared plans penalize people who don’t talk much.

    • 21stNow

       That’s just it.  The shared plans eliminate the classes of things like myFaves, mobile2mobile, nights and weekends.  If customers didn’t have these included classes of “free” calling, they may find that they use over 1000 minutes per line.  The shared plans make everything easier by just saying unlimited minutes.  Now customers don’t have to wait until after 9:00PM to make a call.

      Please note that I’m not a fan of shared plans.  It’s just that it seems to be a misconception to me that people wouldn’t need that many minutes, because they would if there were no “free minutes” like we have become accustomed to.  This is why many people have a hard time changing over to prepaid plans like T-Mobile’s 100 minute/unlimited text and data plan or Virgin Mobile’s 300 minute/unlimited text and data plan.

      • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

        The problem is that the unlimited share plans cost more than those old plans that only included like 450 minutes.  Forcing everyone into paying more for minutes that they never use.

        • 21stNow

           I’m definitely not arguing against what you are saying Mr. Hill.  I’m a customer that always looks for the smallest number of minutes available.  Even with included minutes, my total usage can be in the 100-200 minute range and averages in the 300-500 minute range.  Only when my home phone service was out did I come close to using 1000 total minutes on my cell phone. 

          Shared plans don’t make sense for me, either.

        • Eyeris23

          Customers are not forced to sign up on the new shared plans. AT&T is keeping the nation and family shared plans. Unlike Verizon which discontinued their individual and family talk plans AT&T is offering both for the customer to choose from. AT&T is giving more options and customers that want more than five lines on a family plan it accommodates the customers needs.