• Scott Milliken

    Eh, caps aside (which anyone reaching 300+ a month should seriously take a deeper look at their life and where it went wrong) this almost makes me want to deter from switching to AT&T because their previous individual plan would have provided me 3GB a month, unlimited txt, and 450 mins (enough for me) and I would be paying $5.

    Now if I want to switch, I have to pay $5 more. They are doing unlimited mins now because they know most people barely use even 450.

  • landmarkcm

    Its not better though when you go up from the 300mb. I just switched from mobile share to individual while I still could as the 3gb data for 30.00 is cheaper for me then mobile share plus I get a discount off my voice. 450minutes 39.99 (for me 30.00) will rollover&nights weekends + 3gb data 30.00 unlimited messaging with any mobile calling 20.00 . Plus with free voice calling now on ios google hangouts all the better!. Mobile share is 95.00 with only 2 gigs instead of the 3 you can get on the individual plan even with my voice discount of 25 percent off the 50.00 part of the 95.00. No matter the case its bit more per month on mobile share for one line when you move up from the 300 mb. And want more data then the 1gb .

  • — J —

    It’s such robbery. You pay for the mobile share, plus you pay for having the phone on that mobile share. It’s ridiculous.

  • Hothfox

    Are they only offering mobile share plans for data only devices? Like, if I were to get the Nexus 7 2013, could I do their AT&T Individual Plan for 3GB/$30/month, or would I have to sign up for their Mobile Share Plan for $10 for the tablet + 4GB/$30/month? I would really prefer to just be on the individual plan for $10 less, as I don’t need 4GB per month.

  • KamaloPSU

    Thanks AT&T, I can’t wait to go T-Mo for $30 a month. It slows down after a few GB’s? Oh well AT&T LTE is not half of the places I go. No coverage 5% of the time with T-Mo?! I’ll survive and deal with having the $2000+ per year I am going to save on my Family plan with the T-Mo prepaid SIMs.

  • BigMixxx

    Do you see the COST of these plans. I thought Verizon was expensive. AT&T…y’all have lost the little mind y’all have remaining…

  • Marco Mendoza

    does any one know if after this goes into effect if we could change from the 3gb data plan to a 5gb data plan without having to switch to the share data

  • sk102704

    This is crap. I was going to get a Nexus 5 and take it to AT&T where I would have gotten 450 minutes (which is plenty for me) and 3GB of data (which I can manage) for $70 since I don’t need unlimited texts which would have saved me $20/month. All this does is make data more expensive and it removes your ability to choose the amount of minutes that suits you best or to remove unlimited texts.

    T-Mobile is not an option for me because of lack of service where I live and I was willing to give up my unlimited VZW data for the Nexus 5 and 3GB of data but I know I’ll go over 2GB so I don’t know if its worth it anymore.

    So much for helping you make your choice easier! “Now you don’t have to choose to pay more or less. We’ll make that decision for you” Total crap

    • ROB

      They still have the prepaid…unlimited minutes and 2gb of data for $60…extra LTE data for $10 a gb…thats what you want to use your Nexus with !!!

    • Jim Davis

      Switch to AIO wireless. That’s what I’m doing when I’m out of contract with Verizon.

  • JohnThackr

    This has little to do with data– AT&T had already gone to caps– but everything to do with not offering the old 450 and 900 minute plans, or plans with a smaller fee for only a few text messages. It raises the minimum monthly cost.

    Sure, you “get more” minutes and texts, but for people that didn’t need unlimited, it’s a higher monthly payment.

  • NyReynolds

    When did mobile data become a whore and cell phone companies pimps?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Somehow this inspired me to leave Verizon.

  • Dr_Buttballs


    • La2da


  • Meh, Verizon did this over a year ago and somehow people managed. I have a MobileShare plan already for my GPE GS4 and Nexus 7. Works for me.

    • Yooouuuu

      But it sucks. Here’s my new shiny super-fast media-streaming GPS-navigating game-downloading gadget (some games can run 500MB+) that cannot do jack because my ISP sets a strict limit, unless I pay out the ass.

      Screw that noise, keeping my unlimited for as long as I can.

      • haha yeah. I pay for 10 GB/mo shared between my phone and tablet, and I normally use between 4 and 6 per month, occasionally going as high as 8. Most of that comes from streaming Google Music at high quality while in the car.

        • Adrynalyne

          Ha, yeah.

          Google Play music with HQ music can eat an easy 100mb an hour. I too, burn serious data with Google Play music.

      • JBartcaps

        Honestly don’t know how I did it, but when Verizon was offering the EDGE program with 6GB of Data for $30 a month, I jumped on that to get the Moto X but my plan is still showing Unlimited Data with the EDGE plan.

        • Yooouuuu

          That’s awesome! I am actually kind of jealous. Still holding my breath for a Nexus 5… D:

  • DroidzFX

    Wireless and ISPs are killing the internet as we know it with these data caps.

    • Most home ISPs don’t cap data usage. Mobile internet is not intended to replace a home Internet connection. The capacity simply isn’t there.

      • DroidzFX

        Check again. A majority of ISPs have data caps.

        • Hmmm…nobody I know has ever been affected by a cap on Internet usage.

          • DroidzFX
          • Those caps all seem pretty high and I’m sure that > 97% of users aren’t affected by it. Also, the smaller caps on slower speeds actually make sense IMO because on slower speeds, it’d take a longer time to reach your cap. It’s all relative.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Smaller caps on slower speeds make sense because it would take longer to reach your cap? I’m sorry, but how does slower speed make lower caps make sense when the speed doesn’t have anything to do with the amount of data you use?

            If you are downloading a 1 gig App or Movie it doesn’t make if you are downloading it at 1Mbps or 100Mbps, they are both going to use 1 gig of data.

          • Most people do not download a movie file to play offline. Most people stream.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            True, and a 1-2 Mbps data rate is enough to stream a video so it still doesn’t matter. That is why they buffer.

          • michael arazan

            If you have combined cable and internet, your TV service uses up MB’s of data too along with internet, especially when you DVR shows and their in HD. If I got rid of my Cable service with U-verse my speeds would double for internet to about 32mbps.

          • DroidzFX

            Just because its not the majority does not make it right to put data caps. Bandwidth usage is growing exponentially. I have streamed 100 GB in 10 days using Netflix and Hulu.

          • Justin W

            That actually ends up right about where I am.. I average 300-400GB a month in my household, largely due to streaming netflix/hulu/twitch, music, etc. I don’t really use much bandwidth for web browsing (maybe around 10-20GB a month for everyone in my house). Data caps need to disappear completely.

          • DroidzFX

            Yeah I just cut cable to save some money and then realized how much data you can use on HD content.

          • Yooouuuu

            Yeah, Comcast and Cox are “basically Hitler.” For all my dislike of TWC they seem like the better company when compared to other national ISPs.

          • I have TWC and I love it.

          • James Friedman

            This is why I will never move anywhere that does not have FIOS

          • Lives Upstairs

            DroidzFX, why don’t you start up your own ISP and they you can give your customers unlimited free data usage. Knowledge.

          • schoat333

            Exactly. to use 200GB in a month you would have the be downloading or seeding torrents constantly. Most people that use that much data would get a business line anyways.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            This isn’t true, I have a number of friends that are running into their data caps because their kids are watching movies/tv on Netflix or Hulu. Heck, I usually use up about 90 gigs a month streaming from netflix for an hour or two a day.

          • DroidzFX

            200/30 = 6.66 GB per day.

            Netflix Movies (HD): These guys are around 3.8Mbit, which means it’s about 3600MB for a 2 hour HD movie.

            Netflix TV Shows (HD): A 30-minute TV show will be about 1500MB.

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        • Jonathan Figueroa

          Comcast has a 300gb data cap that I almost go over every month (already have 2 times actually). All my media consumption, along with the rest of my family is via Roku, Wii channels, or Chromecast related media. So EVERYTHING uses data. Take the kids watching cartoons via Netflix downstairs for 3 hrs a day. My wife and I catching up on shows via Hulu for 3 hrs a day then random consumption throughout the day. You can easily hit 10gb a day (1hr of a 1080p show/movie is roughly 1 gig). 30 days of 10gb is the cap. Months of 31 days means we stream Pandora more than usual to save data (need background noise). So Yea, I’m effected and it sucks. So happy I still got my unlimited data with Verizon.

        • Nathaniel Newman

          I have Charter and I don’t have a data cap nor do I have throttling. I have 30 Mbps Down.

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      • Franklin Ramsey

        More and More people are using their mobile device as their primary means of internet access around the world so Mobile internet is intended to replace a home connection it would seem.

        • Most people I know only use mobile internet when they’re out and connect their mobile devices to home WiFi when they’re home.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I know more and more people that are using their mobile phone as their primary use of internet anymore, both out and about and at home.

          • DroidzFX
          • James Friedman

            Your just cheap

          • Droidzilla

            His just cheap what?

          • James Friedman

            Using your data plan as your home internet…It was never designed for that but people do that on a regular. Now we can’t have nice things because people abuse the system. Now carriers are taking away our unlimited plans…

          • DroidzFX

            I have home Internet service. I am just making the comment about caps because isps introduced them after wireless to hop on the profit bandwagon.

          • James Friedman

            Then that is my bad, sorry about that. When you said to Shawn that he was starting to act like the carriers I thought you were saying that he was wrong for thinking that you should be using wifi at home. We could go on for days about who is wrong and who is right…in the end carriers are going to squeeze everyone until they see their profits go down but I guess in their eyes they win either way.

          • Droidzilla

            All because of your grammar? Dude, that’s harsh.

          • James Friedman

            Wait, what? Who’s grammar? I didn’t say anything harsh other than you’re cheap. And I apologized because I took his comment out of text

          • Droidzilla

            You said, “your,” not “you’re.”

            This post was brought to you by the Grammar Nazi.

          • James Friedman

            Yeah that was by design…. You got me! 😉

          • A Maker

            Unemployed, uneducated people like DroidzFX feel entitled to all goods and services for free. Beats working. Knowledge.

      • James Friedman

        Yup and it’s the people that use their phones data package as their home data is what is killing it for everyone.

        • Droidzilla

          Or the telcoms could get smart and be competitive. Can you imagine if they allowed tethering, encouraged it even, and took all of that sweet sweet coin from Comcast, Dish, etc.?

        • Turb0wned

          That’s a load of sh!t. Its all about greedy companies seeing how much we rely on data and a way to make more money. Same thing happened with minutes and text messages.

          • James Friedman

            I agree with you…they try to push the cloud as the future but yet start capping people on how much “cloud” you can use. I don’t keep any music/movie files on my tablet or phone because I do everything with streaming services. It’s just F’d up and I don’t see things getting better anytime soon

          • Capt K

            Start your own cellular company, Turdblow, if the existing are making such obscene profits. You don’t have a job so you have plenty of time to work on it.

    • JohnThackr

      Bandwidth growth is going up exponentially because of increased video use. It’s not the “Internet as we know it.” It’s more that “the Internet as it might become” is being limited by bandwidth limitations (and interconnects at peering sites and exchanges, and so forth.)

      • DroidzFX

        The Internet is slowly being restricted and it’s not right. Wake up!

        • InclusiontoInnovation

          This is the larger issue …

    • JohnThackr

      This isn’t about the data cap, anyway. They already removed unlimited data for people. This is about removing the ability to get a plan without unlimited minutes and unlimited texts, and means an increase in monthly payment for people who didn’t need unlimited.

      Sure, you “get more” minutes and texts, but what if you didn’t need them?

      It shows that for both AT&T and Verizon, minutes and texts aren’t what limits capacity, it’s data. It’s also a move to increase their minimum revenue per customer, in order to cover overhead.

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  • cheese

    “50GB for $500 a month” <—- eww

    Google + Dish Network acquisition/collabo can't come soon enough

    • How any person could possibly need 50 GB a month on a phone or tablet is beyond me.

      • Jeff C

        it’s shared. so im assuming 10 people could be using that 50GB

        • Well yeah but when you have 10 people on one cell plan, $500 a month is to be expected, shared data plan or not.

          • Stevedub40

            That’s the problem. This shouldn’t be “expected” or the “norm.” It’s almost getting to how we complain against gas prices. We have become so dependent on our smartphones/tablets that we just accept this and move on. These companies really know how to stick it to us 🙂

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well considering you are talking $500 for the data alone, plus the charge per phone or device, this doesn’t seem nearly as reasonable as they would lead you to believe.

      • cheese

        in a few years there will be a convergence between ISP’s and Wireless Carriers.

        Right now Dish Network is aggressively purchasing spectrum from Clearwire among others. They are going full out on LTE-Advanced. Within a few years, it is mandatory that Dish must cover up to 40% of the U.S population.

        Forget Google Fiber, Google + Dish is much more ecnonomical to get a new carrier service going.

        We’re talkin <10ms ping on LTE-A going at 100mbit.

        I'd be a little worried if I were a traditional voice/data carrier like Verizon/AT&T. Hell, Comcast should be worried right now.

        • master94

          Verizon has nothing to worry about. They got the money and lobbying power to make sure they stay on top.

        • str8loungin

          Clearwire is no more. Did you miss where Sprint bought them out?

      • Tojen1981

        I know a lot of OTR truck drivers that use their phone for entertainment that have hung on the unlimited data on Verizon because they go through 40-50 GB on average per month. Outside of that, most people don’t.

    • James Heyneman

      That’s effing ridiculous.