AT&T, Verizon shared data plans: 5 things to consider

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, data plans, shared data

Now, if you go with Mobile Share to get a similar deal, you would pay $125 for a smartphone with 6GB of data and an extra $10 to add your iPad for $135 total, $15 more than on the tiered plan. On Verizon, a similar Share Everything plan would set you back $130.

On AT&T if you decide 6GB was too much data, you can drop down to the 4GB plan but then you're paying $120 a month, the same as you were before, but with 2GB less data. And if 4GB isn't enough for you and you end up going over your monthly limit, AT&T will tack on $15 for every extra gigabyte, meaning you could pay $150 if you hit 6GB of data usage in a given month.

Tethering

Another added benefit of a mobile share plan is that you don't have to pay a convenience fee or sign-up for a larger amount of data to use your smartphone or tablet as a Wi-Fi hotspot. AT&T requires tiered data users to pay $50 per month for a 5GB tethering plan. Using the tethering option on a shared data plan will use up your monthly allotment of bits, but you save some money by losing the tethering fee.

The More the Merrier

Single users paying for just two devices may not see a lot of upside in the new trend of shared mobile data, but for families the new plans could really pay off. If your family is using two smartphones, two feature phones and one iPad, AT&T's tiered data plan will set you back about $250 per month for 2,100 shared calling minutes, unlimited text message, and three gigabytes of data each for your smartphones and the iPad. For that same price on AT&T's Mobile Share you get unlimited calling and texts, and 10GB of shared data. So you get unlimited calling minutes in case you need them, and you get an extra gigabyte of shared data for free. If you went with Verizon Share Everything, you'd also pay $250 for two smartphones, two feature phones, and an iPad using 10GB of data and unlimited calling and texts.

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