New Plans for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint were just introduced. AT&T’s new Mobile Share Advantage plan eliminates data overage charges for its mobile customers. The plans will be available from 21 August. Essentially, the company plans to throttle data speeds to 128 Kbps once caps are reached rather than charge for extra data.
Not to be left out of the limelight, T-Mobile bustled in with a new unlimited plan called T-Mobile One as part of its “12th Un-carrier move”.
In typical showbiz style, T-Mobile US CEO John Legere unveiled the move in a video blog, declaring: “The era of the data plan is over. After Un-carrier 12, the wireless industry will never be the same again.”T-Mobile One will offer unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited high-speed 4G LTE smartphone data from 6 September. The obvious downsides are just 128 Kbps speeds on tetheringand of course an FUP: customers using more than 26 GB a month “may see their data traffic prioritised behind other users.”
T-Mobile lso described it as a “radically simple subscription”, but see what you make of this:
“A family of four can get T-Mobile One for just $40 per line…The first line is $70 a month
the second is $50 a month, and additional lines are only $20 a month up to 8 lines withautopay. And it’s just $5 more a month per line without auto pay. All include unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data while on our blazing-fast network.”
Sprint also launched its own unlimited plan, jostling for headlines with T-Mobile US. The Unlimited Freedom plan offers two lines of unlimited talk, text and data for $100 a month.
Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO, said the company wants to provide “simple, worry-free and affordable wireless plans” to its customers.”There can be a lot of frustration and confusion around wireless offers, with too much focus on gigabytes and extra charges. Our answer is the simplicity of Unlimited Freedom,” he said.
Verizon Wireless is attempting to alter the message around its move earlier this week to alter pricing and data allotment on its My Verizon rate plans.
In a follow-up to the rate plan changes announced July 6, Verizon Wireless released a statement on July 7 attempting to clarify what it deemed news reports “incorrectly reporting this as a ‘price hike,’ which couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The carrier laid out a half-dozen “myths” it claims have misrepresented the price adjustments, with its own “reality,” which also look to tackle social media-based barbs thrown at the carrier from its rivals.
The first myth tackled involved claims of a price increase, with the carrier noting the reduction on per-gigabyte pricing to back its reality of the move not being a price increase. Customers are still paying more per month on the new plans than the old plans even if they are getting more data.
Verizon Wireless then goes on to tackle the myth that it was copying rivals with its “Carryover” feature that allows customers to keep unused data for up to one month and its “Safety Mode” feature that looks to curb overage charges. To this, the carrier seems to dodge the tenants of the myth by deftly claiming: “No other wireless company can offer the entire package. We bring together options customers tell us they want, in a new plan with incredible value – and a new My Verizon app that puts you in control – all on the best network.”
Verizon wireless is that unlimited data is bad. Then why did they offer it before? The only reason is they can not bill for the data, if they could charge for overages or higher data plans then it would be okay to use as much data as you want.
My bill is around $70 on my old plan with unlimited data but on the new plans I would pay $250 a month. Verizon would not complain but I am using the same amount of data just paying more.
Verizon slows my MiFi hotspot when I stream movies from certain sites not all only the ones. That would only mean they are monitoring my usage, another reason this Net Neutrality is a big issue with me. I buy my equipment at full retail or used so I can keep my plans, I will never change unless forced too.