AT&T’s Mobile Share is not a new invention – the largest GSM carrier rolled out the initiative last year. The idea was to offer several variations in terms of plans. Then, something happened. Most customers wanted Mobile Share – a way to share everything for simplistic billing. The company then phased out those individual Nation 450+ and Family Talk 550+ plans. In their place Mobile Share would reign for all phones across the spectrum, including those basic, non-smartphones. The pricing and how it works has been incorrectly assessed by many outlets, further conflicting customers who may not be sure how to calculate a plan.
The Mobile Share plan can house anywhere from one, up to 10 devices. This includes basic phones, smartphones, tablets, hotspot devices and even a laptop. The cost would include the base price of the plan plus a price per device. This would allot all phones to immerse within unlimited talk and unlimited texting. All devices would be able to share one data “bucket” instead of separate data plans per device. Since the release of the Mobile Share – AT&T has initiated the Next installment plan. In addition to having a two-year contract option, customers could also review the Next plan. It spreads the full price of the phone into payments over a 20 or 26 monthly installment agreement. On the 20 month plan, consumers can trade-in the phone at month number 12 for another phone on the Next plan. On the 26 month plan, consumers could trade-in the phone for another on month 18. Think of a car lease for the simplistic approach.
These factors are mentioned, because they are an integral part for customers to know, when considering the Mobile Share plan. How the phone is purchased starting Feb. 2, 2014 is a direct reflection of pricing. Many consumers are just confused on how it all works. This article will detail the pricing in examples. AT&T rolled out two “discounts” on the Mobile Share. Conditions must be met – for current customers the pricing would be automatically adjusted, no need to sit on the phone with customer service for extended hold times. Onward to the examples.
Mobile Share Plans for new lines, new customers and how it works:
For all customers adding a line to their plan starting Feb. 2 and all brand new customers to AT&T – the Mobile Share varies in cost review. There are a few items to consider when it comes to selecting a Mobile Share plan. The Mobile Share 10GB will be used as an example:
- If selecting a two-year contract for a new line on a current account or purchasing for the first time, the Mobile Share would be the base price of 10GB plan: $100 plus a cost per device. Say, a brand new customer wants to add two iPhone 5S’ with a two-year contract each. The plan would be $180 monthly and why? The two-year pricing is not applicable for the discount for brand new lines or new customers on a contract.
Only in the event of selecting the Next plan, or bringing a phone over to AT&T (unlocked), or buying full price. Say a customer purchased two iPhone 5s’ on the Next plan per device. Pricing would break down.
- Two iPhone 5S’ on the Next plan each (20 month) is $32.50 monthly per device. The 10GB plan would then be: $100 + $15 per smartphone = $130 monthly. Remember, one also needs to factor in the Next plan costs for an additional $65 monthly, bringing it to $195 monthly. Start understanding yet? The plan is a great deal for customers who own unlocked devices and only need a plan. Then it remains $130 monthly.
Current Mobile Share customers previous to Feb. 2, 2014
For customers who already are on the Mobile Share 10GB and feel slighted, no worries! AT&T is stepping in to honor the loyalty of current customers as well. Current customers who are only looking for the discount and not adding any brand new lines, get the best deal. As it should be. Regardless, smartphones are under a two-year contract, the Next plan or no contract – each current customer previous to the stated date will see their bill drop drastically. AT&T representatives ask for patience as changing millions of bills is no easy feat. Current customers will see their plans drop $25 per smartphone device on the Mobile Share 10GB plan, who had service prior to Feb. 2, 2014.
Mobile Share wrap-up
Hopefully, this extensive breakdown answered some desired questions. The Mobile Share plan pricing and how it works can be conflicted for current and new customers. The best discounts listed apply only to smartphones and basic phones for 10GB or higher (see below for chart details). Basic phones remain $20 monthly to add to the plan (under 10GB), Internet devices like the mobile hotspot devices and laptops also remain $20 monthly. Tablets are $10 monthly to add to the plan. The very best deal found? One basic phone on the Mobile Share 300MB plan = $40 monthly for unlimited talk, text and 300MB of data. For further details, contact an AT&T store, or their website or customer service number.