AT&T intros extralarge Mobile Share and pooled data plans with business phones in mind

We can't vouch with any certainty that individual subscribers have embraced AT&T's Mobile Share plans with open arms. Corporate customers (and simply the very well-heeled) are another matter: they could use big buckets of data to get their many devices online, which is why AT&T is adding considerably more headroom today. It's launching new 30GB, 40GB and 50GB Mobile Share plans that respectively cost $300, $400 and $500 per month when there's unlimited voice and messaging attached. While those rates will be eye-watering for most of us, they make more sense knowing that the carrier ups the maximum number of devices on these plans to a more office-friendly 15 to 25, instead of the usual 10. Data-only users can get away with paying 'just' $185, $260 or $335 for similar Mobile Share plans. Companies with a larger staff count can also spring for new Business Pooled Nation plans that offer per-device data between $20 per month for 300MB and $80 per month for 10GB. Hit the source for more details, whether you're outfitting your business with phones or just have a streaming movie marathon that really, really can't wait for WiFi.

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New AT&T Mobile Share and Pooled Data Plans Help Businesses Go Mobile, Cut Costs and Boost Productivity

Larger Shared Data Plans and Data-Only Plans Offer. Added Flexibility and Affordability for Businesses and Consumers

Dallas, Texas, March 18, 2013

AT&T* is helping businesses "raise the productivity bar" with expanded choices of shared data plans. Starting March 22, AT&T will offer larger Mobile Share plans, new Mobile Share – Data (only) plans, and new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans. The new plans make it even easier and more affordable to work or play on the go, whether that be taking mobile payments, controlling inventory, downloading videos, managing fleets, or navigating unfamiliar streets.

The new plans are ideal for businesses, as well as consumers who need more data, and build on AT&T's existing Mobile Share plans with expanded options of 30 GB, 40 GB and 50 GB, including unlimited calls and texts. In addition, AT&T is offering new Mobile Share – Data plans for businesses and consumers and new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans for business customers.

"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.

Details on Expanded Options

Mobile Share: With AT&T Mobile Share plans, customers start by choosing the amount of data they want each month, and then select the devices to be included in their shared plan (at least one device must be a smartphone). Each plan includes unlimited domestic talk and texts for smartphones and quick messaging phones, and each plan includes tethering. Existing Mobile Share plans offer from 1 GB to 20 GB of data per month. The new larger Mobile Share data plans include:

First, choose your monthly data amount.

Per Month**

Mobile Share with Unlimited Talk & Text

30 GB

$300

+

$30

40 GB

$400

+

$30

50 GB

$500

+

$30

Each Smartphone**

Additional data: $15 per GB

In addition, more devices can be added to each of these plans, including:

* Basic and quick messaging phones – $30 per month per device
* Laptops, LaptopConnect cards, and netbooks – $20 per month per device
* Tablets and gaming devices – $10 per month per device

Businesses can add up to 10 devices for plans up to 20 GB; 15 devices for 30 GB plans; 20 devices for 40 GB plans; and 25 devices for 50 GB plans. Consumers can add up to 10 devices per plan.

Mobile Share – Data: Also, effective March 22, Mobile Share – Data plans (i.e., no talk and text) are available for businesses and consumers with shared data buckets ranging from 4 GB to 50 GB and prices ranging from $30 to $335 per month. Mobile Share – Data plans are only available for tablets, laptops and other connected devices.

Business Pooled Nation for Data: In addition, businesses who need data sharing for more than 25 devices can choose from new AT&T Business Pooled Nation for Data plans, with buckets ranging from 300 MB to 10 GB and monthly prices from $20 to $80 for eligible devices.

For more information about Mobile Share and Business Pooled Nation for Data plans, please see this plan and pricing sheet.

Choosing an AT&T Mobile Share Plan

Customers can select one of the new Mobile Share plans or choose one of AT&T's existing Mobile Share plans. Current customers are not required to switch to the new plans, but can choose to do so without a contract extension. There are no changes to AT&T's device upgrade policy,which means customers eligible to upgrade to AT&T's best device price are not required to switch plans

To help customers track their data usage, AT&T keeps them informed with courtesy alerts as they near their data allowance for the month. Customers can check their usage at anytime online, through the myAT&T mobile app, or by calling *DATA# from their mobile phone.

Each data plan includes access to more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at no additional charge.

Wi-Fi*** usage at public hotspots, home or office does not count toward the monthly wireless data plan usage.

Customers can learn more about the new Mobile Share plans and determine which plan is best for them at www.att.com/mobileshare. Businesses can learn more about the new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans and determine which plan is best at www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/plans/.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Access to corporate email and intranet available for additional $15/mo. per device.

*** Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.