• A.Miller

    For an individual, it seems like a 2GB GoPhone plan would be superior in terms of cost savings.

    Am I missing something?

  • Jon

    As someone mentioned this is only a good deal (if that) when you have multiple lines off contract. If you have existing lines on contract, a new off-contract phone cannot be added for the $15 discount, since it is a discounted “share plan” not a discounted line that can be on another share plan.

    • Jon

      Scratch that. Literally just got a call back from AT&T minutes after posting my previous comment. The $15 discount will apply to an off-contract phone on an existing share plan. Agree with some of the other comments questioning the value, but given that the rest of my family are on contract with AT&T, this makes this a better deal for me to go ahead and keep my off-contract Nexus 5 on AT&T for only an additional $25/month vs. $40/month previously.

  • http://itslateandimtired.com/ Jes

    I’ve been with AT&T for almost 2 years. Don’t buy a contract with them. It’s nonsense. They shifted my upgrade date from 12 months to 18 months then 24 months without notice. When I complained, they said I could upgrade at full price with a renewed contract or wait for the 24 month upgrade. The phone is shot. I literally cannot use it as a PHONE due to defects in the design and they just blow my complaints off. Their coverage isn’t great and they simply don’t care. Screw them. They are thieves.

  • Sandcrab3

    I asked VZW support on Twitter, since AT&T has done this, and T-Mobile already has, how about VZW doing it for EDGE. This was their reply:
    Quote ” VZW Support
    @VZWSupport

    Thank you! We are dedicated to offering the best value! At this time, we do not have intentions to change cost of plan.” End Quote

    Too bad they are so greedy.

  • Tom

    Any discounts for data only plans?

  • Justin W

    The price dropped for the 2gb plan by $5. I would have thought about it had it been in the $70 or less area.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I pay $64 a month including taxes at Verizon for unlimited data/txt and 450 min. grandfathered in plus 2 monthly discounts.

  • Joe Mihalich

    You lost me at $55 for 2GB of data. Sorry, no where close to tmobile’s 5GB of data for $30

  • Chris M

    No thanks. I’m fine with my 2 unlimited lines on Verizon for $130 with corporate discount. Both use over 20GB a month.

  • Intellectua1

    Everyone complains of data, does anybody have Wifi these days.. 2gb is enough for me as if I’m not at work I’m always on wifi at home and if I need to download anything I wait till I get home.. I don’t Netflix or stream from my phone.

    • entertainmentopia

      This is where I am, and why I’m okay giving up unlimited at VZW, I’m on Wifi about 90% of the day, unless I’m at lunch, or Target and need to check my shopping list in Evernote, or bored at the Dr’s office, maybe some navigation, I’m pretty much always on Wifi.

      EDIT: I can’t spell.

      • Justin Tierney

        I did the same thing, got rid of unlimited, and I thought I world regret it. I end up using only 500 mb a month with WiFi hotspots everywhere I go.

  • Intellectua1

    Right now I’m paying $190 for 2 phones 1 I don’t even use I’m going to pay off the contract on that and see how much it is to pay off the contract on this phone and go prepaid.. But don’t jump for joy too fast that $85 will still be around $100 flat after taxes, same if you had one phone on contract

  • d-rock

    Nice…i’ll be able to save about $10/month with this, but I have the 10GB plan with 3 phones + 18% corporate discount.

  • jimt

    speed test right now tmo 21.20 mbps verizon 5.56 mbps which do you like more.

    • PhoenixPath

      Now step 5 feet in any direction. Better yet, grab a different phone and do the same.

      Point being; YMMV. No one provider is better than any other provider.. for everyone.

  • jimt

    I can’t wait to drop Verizon like a hot rock on 12/15. My Tmo is so much faster and cheaper then verizon. I’m loving TMO and when roaming its AT&T for free, at least for phone calls.

    • entertainmentopia

      At this point I don’t even know if I want till wait till the 15th, anyone know what an ETF on one line would be for cutting the cord seven days early? :)

      • shkrmkr79

        it used to be that an ETF was $350 minus $10 per month that you have fulfilled your contract. So, if your contract is up soon and you’ve fulfilled your contract 23 months out of 24, your ETF should theoretically be $350-230 = $120 I’d wait it out.Or call them. If you talk to the right person you may get it waived altogether being only 7 days away.

      • jimt

        $120 is correct that is why I’m waiting for 12/15 to dump Verizon.

        • entertainmentopia

          That’s ridiculous! I’ll wait till the 15th! Just have to get all the new phones setup on WiFi and wait to port.

          • jimt

            I just got a temporary number on tmo and will port it to nexus 5 or Google voice on 12/15

  • brkshr

    I wish they would do the non-contract $15 off for individual plans too.

  • Liderc

    I don’t understand this though, when you could do straighttalk AT&T for 45 bucks? It’s 35 dollars cheaper and uses the same network. Sure 2.5GB isn’t a ton, but for people who use wifi at home and work, 2.5GB is more than enough.

  • skins

    A long time ago Droid Life had a post about VZW emailing you an offer for Unlimited Data, text, for 70.00. It seems that VZW sent these emails out to customers. So Thanks to Droid Life I read the email and signed up.

    The email was sent to me on 5-Nov-2010

    My total VZW bill each month is about $75 including insurance on my phone, and all taxes, and fees. Partially thanks to my corporate discount.
    unlimited data
    unlimited text
    450 voice minutes to non VZW customers

    • Cael

      I have the same thing for $82. Not giving it up.

  • Tim242

    Most people talk on the phone much less than in years past. Most people use alternative means of messaging. So in essence, this is still $80 for 2 GB of data. Even at $55, that is still ridiculous for 2 GB of data. Verizon’s share plans are also ridiculously expensive. If they ever take my unlimited, I will go prepaid. I’m not paying that much for that little.

  • evltwn

    Does AT&T still allow you to keep your old plan and unlimited data? I know they don’t give new customers the option of unlimited data, but they used to let people who were grandfathered in keep it when signing up for new plans.

    • Billy_B

      They won’t discount the $15 for unlimited users. No chance…

      • evltwn

        But at least you still have the option to keep your unlimited data plan.

        • Billy_B

          That’s cool for the people that “need” unlimited. But for me, I have unlimited and use less than 1gb almost every month. I might as well switch and save $30/month since I buy only Nexus phones. Nobody really needs unlimited. They should get internet at home instead.

  • trixnkix637

    This might be a valid deal for people jumping to or adopting AT&T with the Moto X deal on Monday.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Why not use Aio wireless for $55 instead?

    • krudl3rx

      No roaming on Tmobile.

      • Jérôme Besnard

        True. However, In the US, I don’t think it matters (ATT network is more developed – that’s why I switched to an ATT SIM card with ST). Overseas, your phone’s voice does not work but data does once you are on WiFi. So it’s not a big deal (I just spent 5 days in France and I was conversing with my wife with Hangout).

      • Tim242

        Why would you need to roam on T-Mobile? At&it’s network is far more widespread.

        • krudl3rx

          That is not true for everyone, especially me. I was just saying that it is a reason for someone to use this plan instead of Aio.

      • TylerCameron

        Is there a single place in the country where AT&T doesn’t exist but T-Mobile does?…

        • krudl3rx

          Yes, Interstate 94, between Osseo and Wisconsin Dells… about 100 miles.

    • Flat_Stanley

      For two people (family plan) sharing 2GB, the monthly price for the new ATT plan is $105. AiO would be $110. Granted, each person would get their own 2.5GB, but for someone like me, I don’t need it. Interestingly, T-Mobile isn’t that much cheaper, coming in at only $100/mo.

      I’m assuming no contract here to keep it even.

  • billy

    Only vaguely related to this – is there any way to know for certain that your AT&T SIM Straight Talk coverage is going to mirror actual AT&T coverage?

    Background: I just signed up for ST last night after using T-Mo for the previous month, and I already miss T-Mo. My data speeds are slower and less consistent (choked?) and MMS doesn’t seem to work; both of those issues could be related to the ST APN setup and the Nexus 5, which seems to be an issue for a lot of people.

    Bottom line – if this is what AT&T coverage is like in my area, nein danke.

    • DoctorJB

      I have an N5 on ST/Att and the coverage and data rates are great (better than the 8mbps that AIO is throttled to). Your coverage on Att post pay would probably be somewhat better since that would allow you to roam on Tmo.

      • Billy_B

        It has nothing to do with roaming on T-Mobile. It has to do with roaming more on regional carriers where AT&T doesn’t have native coverage.

    • Jon

      “is there any way to know for certain that your AT&T SIM Straight Talk coverage is going to mirror actual AT&T coverage?”

      I don’t claim to no the reason for this, but when traveling out of state there are areas where I previously got AT&T data coverage, but do not get Straight Talk data coverage (phone coverage seems to be the same however). I called Straight Talk and they gave some vague answer about my “home area” being based on my billing address.

      • Jon

        don’t claim to “know”.. sorry

  • Guest

    Do they still nail you if you go 1kb over your data-plan?

  • Bob G

    Terrible plan. I mean finally AT&T does something first instead of following Verizon’s terrible pricing plans, but this is still too much money even for off-contract.

    • Flat_Stanley

      Actually, for 2 people sharing 2GB a month, it’s only $5/month more expensive than T-Mobile. I’m surprised it’s that close.

      • Billy_B

        Correct…

        People don’t look at the whole picture sometimes.

  • Ethan Ash

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but AT&T still can charge all of the taxes/fees, correct? I’m still split between AT&T or Straight Talk (AT&T SIM), because the 2.5GB limit/month works for me. Any benefit these new plans would really have (other than a slightly less unfavorable comparison)?

    • Liderc

      I can’t see any benefit. I currently use Straight talks AT&T with my Nexus 5 and it’s been great, and it’s only 45 a month. This plan seems to charge 35 more for what straight talk already gives you.

      • DoctorJB

        It’s even cheaper if you get your refills on Amazon. I use slickdeals and I grab my refills when they go on sale for $220/6month. This brings it down to $36/month with no fees.

        • Ethan Ash

          Thank you both! I’m a little concerned about losing the perceived safety net of a traditional carrier setup, but that additional deal makes it legitimately too good to pass up. Appreciate the insight!

          EDIT: DoctorJB would you provide a link to where you find them on Amazon from a reliable seller? I’m a little dubious of third-party sellers.

          • Tyler

            Think of it this way, you aren’t signing a contract for either so you could try out straight talk for a month or 2 and if you like it keep if not switch to this new att off contract pricing.

          • DoctorJB

            http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?q=straight+talk+refill&firstonly=1

            Don’t know if CardArt is “reliable” but I always get my cards in the mail.

  • Gregg Nichols

    $80 for 6gb and $90 for 8gb + $40 per line is what Verizon has been charging all along

    • EC8CH

      but they don’t have a discounted option for off contract phones. That is what the big two have been missing. One down.. one to go.

      • Gregg Nichols

        just waiting on the contract to expire to switch to T-Mo

      • Adrynalyne

        Knowing Verizon, they will hike the price of off contract lines in an attempt to get people to sign contracts.

        • ThomasMoneyhon

          verizon is under no incentive to do this. Lowell McAdam said at a conference “we will never compete on price” because he thinks his network is so superior, when in reality its only a teeny tiny bit better than at&t. Also due to locking you into a choice of phones, CDMA, etc. they have no push to do this because for the average consumer the verizon store is the only place they can purchase a new or replacement phone. the average consumer does not realise they are getting ripped when their 2 years is up and they are not using an upgrade.

          • Adrynalyne

            They have no incentive to match ATT. They do however, have incentive to entice people to contracts.

          • Raven65

            Unless you factor in the value of keeping unlimited data.

          • Cael

            Agreed. You can get new GSM phones for cheap (Nexus 5!) compared to CDMA ones plus GSM phones will work on more than one network. It makes sense for AT&T to do this to compete against T-Mobile. It doesn’t make sense at all for Verizon to do this since you can’t, for example, flip flop with Sprint and a new CDMA phone is what, $599? Even if Verizon gave $15 off it would just cover a little over half the full price of the phone. No real savings there, imo.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Correct, the big deal here is the no-contract stuff. The rest of the plans are probably still a rip-off, but at least for people who bring their own phones, they get a discount. Or at least aren’t getting double billed.

        • EC8CH

          And there’s no way AT&T does this unless they’re feeling pressure from T-Mo. This is pretty good indication that T-Mo’s recent moves are stealing market share, at least from AT&T.

          • ThomasMoneyhon

            not a significant ammount of marketshare.

          • Arthur Dent

            Doesn’t matter. It’s enough to make AT&T react and adjust their pricing, which is a win.

      • Cael

        And AT&T will eventually add a fee (or up their already existing fees) to make up for this.

  • EC8CH

    So what AT&T is saying is that they are losing customers to T-Mo?

  • Pete Arado

    So how is this different from the GoPhone plans that AT&T already offers?

    http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/gophone.html#fbid=gQp5W5h8bHW

    It looks like they have 2GB data plan with unlimited talk and text for $60. Maybe you can’t bring your own phone for that one though.

    • A.Miller

      No, you can bring your own phone w/ GoPhone. I did that w/ my Nexus5 for a month to test it out.

      • Pete Arado

        Right, so that $60 plan is comparable to T-Mo’s $60 for 2.5GB and unlimited talk/text, which is what I’m on. Couldn’t I take my Nexus 5 to AT&T then and try that plan? I’m in Chicago, I wonder how the LTE speeds differ.

    • silentbob2003

      Ya, I don’t get it. Seems like GoPhone would be the way to go, at least if you are a single user.

    • Flat_Stanley

      This is better than GoPhone when you have more than 1 line on your account (like family plans).

    • Billy_B

      You have to realize that these savings are more for people who have 2 phones or more out of contract, not a single person. For a single person, GoPhone makes much more sense. But for two phones sharing 2gb would be $105 and $120 for 4gb. They just made their plans much more competitive with T-Mobile for the bulk of their customers out of contract (the bulk of AT&T’s customers share 1gb, 2gb, or 4gb of data). Add in customers like me who have corporate discounts, they are now cheaper than T-Mobile. I have a 24% discount (only applied to the shared data bucket) which means I’ll pay $92 a month to share 2gb with my wife who is a stay at home mom (WiFi all the time) or $105 a month to share 4gb. Looks like it’s time to give up unlimited data with AT&T and get on one of these plans to save me $30/month.

  • Carlos the Jackal

    This is not cheaper…

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      4gb, 6gb and 8gb are the same with 2 phones on contract. old or new way. Nothing much to write home about other than the N5, moto G type.

      • EC8CH

        I think the big take away here is the addition of the off-contract option at a $15 discount.

        Good to finally see and hopefully it helps to move the industry more toward off contract phones with more competition of retail pricing.

        • AnotherAndroidKid

          And I agree with this point. But they’re still not in the ballpark yet in my opinion.

          • EC8CH

            at least it removes one of the biggest protections of the on contract pricing system, that being no discount on service rates on lines with off contract phones.

  • http://transcendingturmoil.tumblr.com/ gaajiwaaih

    Bottom line: consumers win with more competition. #freemarket

  • besweeet

    Umm, no thanks. Those data prices are as disgusting as everything else they have. I’ll stick with T-Mobile.

    • JoshGroff

      Agreed, plus it’s always good to have unlimited as an option.

      • besweeet

        Oh, DEFINITELY that. I can’t believe carriers still think that they should limit what people do with their devices. It’s 2013.

  • hippo

    tomorrow

  • Brian Menius

    Still a lotta damn money. I’d be looking at $165/mo to fulfill my needs, as compared to $130/mo with TMo.

    I give credit where due, though, so I’m giving credit to TMo for forcing the industry hand and to AT&Fee for being the first to buckle. $165 is still better than the $210 it would have been under the old arrangement.

    • besweeet

      AT&Fee… Never heard that one before. I’ll stick with AT$T :).

      • Brian Menius

        Equally suitable. :)

      • Suralin

        And you could do FeeRiZon… which sounds awfully like Fee-Rising ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      $35/mo isn’t really THAT much more when you factor in just how much better and faster service you get nationwide.

      • Brian Menius

        It’s not, but it’s the small details that make the difference in individual cases. I have unlimited data with TMo; I wouldn’t have that with AT&T. Roughly speaking, I’m trading coverage area for data quantity as a means of saving a few hundred dollars a year as my travel patterns are more toward “homebody” than “road warrior.”

        I consider myself fortunate to be able to utilize TMo’s services and support a business model and customer service model that I endorse. I also readily admit that there’s a reason they’re cheaper than AT&T and that some people require the increased service level with AT&T. Someday that may be me, and that’s cool.

        I will, however, resort to going off the grid before I’ll give Verizon any more business. We’ve got to keep it in perspective, now. :D

  • decriptor

    I’d drop verizon for t-mobile if my house wasn’t a black hole :/

    • jbdan

      I dropped VZ for Tmo because my house is in a black hole :P.

      On topic I’d bet VZ to offer something similar this winter

      • Brian Menius

        The two big ones do tend to be in lock-step of late, don’t they? I hope you’re right.

    • elemeno

      VoIP over WiFi? I get better coverage at work with T-Mobile than I did with Verizon.