Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

AT&T Selling 50GB Shared Data Plan for $500

By - Source: AT&T | B 24 comments

Not all you can eat, but probably more than you can afford.

AT&T this week announced plans to launch a new set of shared data plans aimed at businesses and consumers. These shared plans are available in three tiers starting at 30GB and continuing on to 40GB and then 50GB. Obviously, the plans are supposed to be shared out over multiple devices, but the pricing is still pretty steep, ranging from $300 to $500. 

Though AT&T seems to pitching these plans to small and medium businesses, the company doesn't seem to be ruling out the idea that regular customers might want to avail of the offer, too. The word 'consumers' was mentioned alongside businesses in the announcement, but AT&T didn't go into too much detail on how regular customers might make use of the new plans.

"Our expanded Mobile Share plans make it even easier for business customers to choose a data option that's right for them," said Joe Lueckenhoff, AT&T Senior Vice President, Business Product Management, "Whether it’s a large business wanting to better connect with employees, or a small business owner needing a data-only plan."

It's also worth mentioning that the pricing doesn't include additional per-device fees. This means an additional $30 per month for each smartphone on top of the cost of the plan itself.

The new plans are available starting March 22, which is this coming Friday.

Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback

Display 24 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 12 Hide
    A Bad Day , March 20, 2013 5:41 AM
    EDIT: I'll be voting for you and EA (because I'm a strong SC4 fan) in the Consumerist's "Worst Company in American 2013 Contest"

    http://consumerist.com/2013/03/18/here-are-your-contestants-for-the-2013-worst-company-in-america-tournament/
Other Comments
  • 7 Hide
    A Bad Day , March 20, 2013 5:34 AM
    And you wanted to buy T-Mobile?

    As a stock investor, I'm indifferent.

    As a customer, I think I'm going to "upgrade" my phone so it has farther Wi-Fi ranges. And you have my boycott.
  • 12 Hide
    A Bad Day , March 20, 2013 5:41 AM
    EDIT: I'll be voting for you and EA (because I'm a strong SC4 fan) in the Consumerist's "Worst Company in American 2013 Contest"

    http://consumerist.com/2013/03/18/here-are-your-contestants-for-the-2013-worst-company-in-america-tournament/
  • 5 Hide
    Caeric , March 20, 2013 5:43 AM
    Steep price is correct. The best "new plan" news would be if any of our cell phone companies decided to adopt a more European model, considering we in the States pay almost 80% more for our cell phone service than do Europeans.
  • 1 Hide
    dthx , March 20, 2013 5:53 AM
    CaericSteep price is correct. The best "new plan" news would be if any of our cell phone companies decided to adopt a more European model, considering we in the States pay almost 80% more for our cell phone service than do Europeans.

    Well, this depends on the European country you are talking about. I know operators like Free are quite cheap in France for example, but for us in Belgium, data isn't exactly cheap either, and when you are in Brussels, you are just 120km away from the coastline, 200km from Luxemburg, 70km from holland and 70km from France... These are fronteers ... and when you pass them, you start roaming (at insane prices ... close to 1€ per Mb !!!)
  • 1 Hide
    alidan , March 20, 2013 6:07 AM
    A Bad DayEDIT: I'll be voting for you and EA (because I'm a strong SC4 fan) in the Consumerist's "Worst Company in American 2013 Contest"http://consumerist.com/2013/03/18/ [...] ournament/


    yea, not banks that forclose on homes they dont own... seriously, look into bank of america and some of the crap they do to royally screw the consumer. im honestly surprised that we dont have violent vigilante justice after "to big to fail" was said.
  • 1 Hide
    samthing , March 20, 2013 6:13 AM
    Here unlimited mobile data costs 2€ per month... full 3G speed costs maybe 10-20€/month depending on carrier.
  • 8 Hide
    ddpruitt , March 20, 2013 6:27 AM
    I think I'll stick with my $35 unlimited plan. At their price you pay $10/1Gb. It's much cheaper to buy an SSD, store the data, and have it over-nighted.

    These prices are past ludicrous, technology is making storage and data transfer cheaper not more expensive, I think it's time someone stood up to these money grubbing companies. I hate to say it but I think the FCC needs to step in and start regulating the prices these telecom companies charge, or at least look for any price fixing deals.
  • 0 Hide
    jalek , March 20, 2013 6:57 AM
    All right then, T-Mobile it is for me when my Sprint contract ends in June.
  • 2 Hide
    shadowfamicom , March 20, 2013 6:57 AM
    alidanyea, not banks that forclose on homes they dont own... seriously, look into bank of america and some of the crap they do to royally screw the consumer. im honestly surprised that we dont have violent vigilante justice after "to big to fail" was said.


    Yeah I agree. Not only that but the recent "To big to JAIL" with HSBC, a bank that gave worked with Iran and Mexican drug cartels... fined $1.92 Billion... but that pails in comparison to the money they made from the deals. Don't even get me started on BoA.
    So yeah... people upset that there new city simulation game is broken and there phone can't get there porno in some areas... seems a little trival compared to 50,000+ cartel related deaths and Iranian nukes...
  • -1 Hide
    shadowfamicom , March 20, 2013 6:58 AM
    FYI: This comes from a HUGE simcity fan.
  • 0 Hide
    dextermat , March 20, 2013 7:10 AM
    only one thing to say: discussing prices!!!
  • 2 Hide
    happyballz , March 20, 2013 7:34 AM
    Ehh no thanks AT$T... While wireless data is more expensive than wired, it is not THAT much more expensive. This is straight up delusional pricing.
  • 0 Hide
    AndrewMD , March 20, 2013 7:43 AM
    Stick with Clear or other unlimited 4g router providers (US) SoftBank (JP) for a mere $50.00......
  • 1 Hide
    alidan , March 20, 2013 8:04 AM
    shadowfamicomYeah I agree. Not only that but the recent "To big to JAIL" with HSBC, a bank that gave worked with Iran and Mexican drug cartels... fined $1.92 Billion... but that pails in comparison to the money they made from the deals. Don't even get me started on BoA.So yeah... people upset that there new city simulation game is broken and there phone can't get there porno in some areas... seems a little trival compared to 50,000+ cartel related deaths and Iranian nukes...


    money laundered for al qaeda, the Mexican drug cartels, lets also add on how they handle money (extreme irresponsible, but that's an industry wide thing) and i believe they foreclose, dont tell you they dont foreclose but they kick you out making you think they do basically sticking you with the bill for the house, the time you weren't in it, and the upkeep and maintnense, but you also cant live there, to get money from the govenment as an insurance scam, that is somehow legal through loopholes.

    more people need to know about that crap.

  • 0 Hide
    RADIO_ACTIVE , March 20, 2013 8:24 AM
    10 per GB... these guys can get away with anything
  • 0 Hide
    SirGCal , March 20, 2013 10:11 AM
    I still do not understand how they can keep customers with tiered data plans of any kind. I ran screaming to Sprint and am happier for it. Although I still think they all are overpriced even... three 'unlimited' phones cost me 200/month and change... Ridiculous really. But I'd rather do that then pay $500/50G a month... I've used 50G myself doing work and transferring some of my large files around.

    Sure, people who just surf the web and check email and use the (imho, stupid) social networking sites won't use jack but... there are those of us who can burn through data limits (totally legit, no hacking/pirating/etc.) in a day... That's why I left AT&T originally and never considered the other tiered options. If I didn't have Sprint's unlimited plan, I simply wouldn't have a smart phone at all. Just keep my other portable devices for all of my GPS/notes/callender/etc. like I used to. Works just fine. Smartphones are just a tad more convenient is all... But at a cost where it begs the question, is it worth it?
  • 0 Hide
    Onihikage , March 20, 2013 10:15 AM
    Someone needs to hack Android in such a way that we can run an app which uses the cellular radios in our phones to create a peer-to-peer web connectivity network based around all the phones that are connected to WiFi. Cell Towers would suddenly have far less load while users would be getting faster internet.
  • 0 Hide
    blurr91 , March 20, 2013 11:33 AM
    Don't like the price, don't buy it. No one forces you to buy it. It's called freedom. AT&T is free to charge whatever it wants. You are free to not buy it.
  • 0 Hide
    KenTX , March 20, 2013 12:25 PM
    @blurr91 Wow.. thanks genius. I'm sure no one ever thought of that....
  • 1 Hide
    dalethepcman , March 20, 2013 12:34 PM
    OnihikageSomeone needs to hack Android in such a way that we can run an app which uses the cellular radios in our phones to create a peer-to-peer web connectivity network based around all the phones that are connected to WiFi. Cell Towers would suddenly have far less load while users would be getting faster internet.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.A.T.M.A.N.
Display more comments