Well it looks like AT&T is at it again in trying to drive off their existing customers to other alternatives like T-mobile or Verizon. The latest patent lays claim for AT&T to throttle your data from particular sites, not just when you hit a certain data limit. While T-mobile is offering unlimited data and to pay for your early termination fees for the switch I can see more users taking them up on the offer sooner rather than later.
What AT&T is releasing has already been done last year by the phone company, and they stated that more and more people have been asking for it. Mobile Share Plans as they are called will allow anywhere from 1 phone up to 10 phones share a single data plan. So each member on the plan can share a 10GB data plan, though I can see some problems arising for certain families.
What this does is force the family plan to pick an unlimited call and text, when we can clearly see that most users don't actually make calls. Like myself I have unlimited data and use Google Voice for free calls and text messaging. This could limit me a whole lot, as a matter of fact I can see anyone with AT&T’s unlimited data plan going extinct with the DoDo bird.
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The real problem I have with this new mobile plan, is when a family member goes over their share of the data plan. Kids will be kids and the price of going over your data limit can be costly. I would like to see companies have tiers and limits that family members themselves can distribute throughout a single family plan. This could prove useful for the main users while ensuring the kids still get their fair share.
However, if this doesn't seem like something you like, you can always join T-Mobile for no extra cost and give their service a whirl. T-Mobile will even pay for your cancellation fees from AT&T and only comes to $70 for unlimited everything on a single line and gets cheaper per line as you add more.
At the end of the day, I guess it comes down to the individual and this individual (me) finds this deal as a bad one. Leave your comments below on your thoughts and experiences with AT&T and T-Mobile for that matter.