Without much fancy, US Cellular has quietly made some changes to its existing Shared Connect plans by boosting the gigabytes featured in each option, and accordingly, updating some of the pricing as well. The result is that every Shared Connect option now offers more high speed data inclusions, with the rates decreasing, remaining the same, or even increasing.
To summarize, here are the updated Shared Connect inclusions and rates:
T-Mobile has decided to bring back the most popular family plan ever in its repertoire of wireless services -- the $120 a month family plan. This particular plan proved to be a hit with the wireless carrier’s subscribers, basically providing customers with four lines of service, with each line enjoying 10 gigabytes of LTE data.
Sprint has just introduced a new family plan that should compete directly with T-Mobile’s Amped multiple line offering. For a limited time only, families or groups that decide to switch to Sprint will get to enjoy four lines of unlimited voice calls, unlimited text messaging, and 10 gigabytes of shared LTE data for $100 a month. Plus, all line access fees per month will be waived indefinitely.
It appears that US Cellular is joining in on the fun. After some of its competitors have dropped their prices, US Cellular has decided to adjust its pricing structure too, especially with regards to its Shared Connect plans.
Effective as of this writing, US Cellular is introducing new adjusted prices for its 1 gigabyte, 3 gigabyte, 6 gigabyte, 8 gigabyte, and 20 gigabyte shared data plans. With these new prices, customers will now be able to enjoy 3 gigabytes of data for the same rates as the 2 gigabyte plan.
Sprint announced a brand new, limited-time only promo that lets subscribers share up to 12 gigabytes of high-speed data for a monthly charge of $90. This new offer is part of the carrier's Family Share Pack, and already includes unlimited calls and unlimited text messaging.
Any customer who decides to avail of this promo will also get to enjoy savings on the data access charge that comes with each handset they use under the plan. Sprint usually requires a $25 charge per device, but now the carrier has decided to bring down the cost to just $15 for each handset used. For tablets, the data access charge is at $10 per month, while the other mobile broadband devices cost $20 each month.
AT&T just introduced a new limited-time only rate plan that will provide its customers with 7 gigabytes of data that can be shared on a monthly basis. This new Mobile Share Value plan will also include the carrier's Rollover Data, as well as unlimited calls and unlimited text messaging. It will officially launch on February 15th and will be made available to all current and new customers.
What can customers do with all of that 7 gigabytes of data in a month? According to AT&T, users can stream about 60 hours of music and 12 hours of videos, browse the Internet for 110 hours, publish 500 posts on social media websites, download 50 mobile apps, and send or receive 5,000 email messages.
Families or groups of users with extensive wireless needs may do well to check out T-Mobile's new unlimited data family plan. Beginning Wednesday, December 10th of this year, T-Mobile will be offering its customers a family plan (under the carrier's Simple Choice wireless brand) that provides a couple of lines of service for $100 each month.
This new family plan from T-Mobile not only offers unlimited calls and unlimited text messaging, it also offers users unlimited LTE data. And if subscribers decide to add another handset (the family plan allows a maximum total of 10 handsets), they will just have to pay $40 monthly for each additional new line of service.
Sprint revealed today that it will be lowering the prices of some of its shared data plans later this week. The carrier has been busy lately making changes to the pricing structure of its plans, dropping charges and offering discounts here and there to the delight of its customers. In this latest development, Sprint is dropping the monthly data access fees for its $80 and $90 Family Share plans to just $15 each month for every line of service. That's a discount of up to $25 for each smartphone connected to the plan. The new prices will take effect beginning November 14th. Before this price overhaul, customers would need to pay either a monthly charge of $25 for devices purchased via Sprint's Easy Pay financing option (or purchased outright), or $40 for handsets that are subsidized on a two-year contract.
Starting this Sunday, November 2nd, AT&T will be doing some improvements on its Mobile Share Value plans, specifically with the addition of two new plans. The carrier is offering its customers more data to share on a couple of its plans, which means customers can now enjoy 3 gigabytes of data for $40 each month, and 6 gigabytes of data for $70 each month, plus charges for device access. This most recent development should be good news for AT&T's customers, especially those looking to get more data to share. To illustrate, if you purchase a device via AT&T Next and then go for a Mobile Share Value plan that provides 3 gigabytes of data, you will pay $65 per month to enjoy wireless service on that device. You now have more options to find a plan that lets you stay connected, sending and receiving emails, sharing photos online, downloading media, and whatever that fancies you. Depending on their data needs, both existing customers and new subscribers can find value in these enhanced plans, not to mention unlimited calls and text messaging on one of the most reliable 4G LTE network in the United States.
Sprint has always been keen on offering more data for its customers compared to its competitors. Indeed, back in August, the carrier had introduced its Family Share Pack and a $60 Unlimited Plan. This time, Sprint is turning its attention to light data consumers. Just today, the carrier announced that it is offering a 1-gigabyte shared data bucket for its Family Share Pack. Priced at $20, the 1-gigabyte allotment is a significant improvement from the carrier's previous offer, which saw its customers only get 600 megabytes of data. Sprint's Family Share Plan requires its subscribers to pay a monthly fee of $25 per line for non-discounted smartphones, or a monthly fee of $40 for discounted devices. 1 gigabyte may not be that much, especially for heavy data users, let alone groups or families with extensive data needs. But it does serve as a nice option for small groups consisting of two or three people who only have light data usage. And considering how little data allotment the previous subscribers had (only 600 megabytes), at least it is an upgrade.
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