updated 05:54 pm EDT, Sun October 27, 2013
Charging move brings carrier in line with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint
AT&T has stopped actively providing its traditional voice and data plans to new subscribers. As announced by the carrier earlier this month, it will be pushing new customers towards its Mobile Share plans, which allows users to have multiple devices on an account sharing a single allocation of data, with unlimited minutes and texts also included.
As noted by the Wall Street Journal, this brings AT&T in line with the other main carriers, with Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all only offering plans with unlimited voice and messaging. One exception to the plans will be a single per-minute offering from AT&T, which includes 450 minutes for $40 per month, with texts and data being paid extras.
The Mobile Share plan charges vary depending on the amount of data added on a plan, as well as the number of devices on an account. Excluding devices, the data plans range from $20 for 300MB up to 50GB for $500 per month. Adding smartphones costs $50 at the lowest data bundle, with the price reducing to $30 once the $120 10GB package is selected, with extra basic phones costing $30 per month, notebooks and hotspots for $20, tablets and gaming devices for $10 each, and the Wireless Home Service for $20.
The carrier will apparently not be forcing existing subscribers to switch over to the new plans.