Hot on the heels of AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson saying that it’s too early to be talking about FaceTime over 3G, AT&T announced another way to get data for all of your devices. Their new “Mobile Share” plans, include unlimited text and voice for all cell phones, and data that’s shared among devices like MiFi hotspots, phones, tablets. Most of the plans range from a low-range 1GB plan that starts at $40 (plus the cellphone fee, but we’ll get to that later) all the way up to a $2oo 2oGB plan. In addition to charging some of the most ridiculous rates for data, AT&T also charges a $30-45 cellphone fee, that applies toward every smartphone you add on the plan. Tablets and computers cost additional money, $10 and $20 respectively. AT&T’s new outrageous plans aren’t going to be available until August.
Here’s a spreadsheet of AT&T’s new plans, if you want to see if it would be cheaper for you.
Luckily for most, AT&T’s individual plans will not be going away anytime soon, and paying $25/2GB will remain the norm.
Verizon also offers some shared-data plans, that are roughly the same price. Verizon’s plans are already available to users.
You can read more about the new data plans (and why they’re good and bad) at CNET.