Sprint and Verizon Join AT&T's Double Data War for Customers

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-10-02 Print this article Print
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Monthly device access charges will also be waived through the end of 2015 for business customers who transfer a phone number to Sprint and activate a new, nonsubsidized device on data plans of 20GB or more. Spring will also offer to pay up to $350 in Early Termination Fees for users per line. The extra data packages will continue for customers as long as their accounts remain active.

Monthly charges under the Sprint Business Plans under the promotion are $135 for 80GB, $200 for 120GB, $270 for 160GB and $330 for 200GB, plus taxes and fees.

All Sprint Family Share Pack and Sprint Business Share plans include unlimited talking and texting on the Sprint network.

Meanwhile at Verizon, the extra free data offers target the company's MORE Everything and MORE Everything for Business plan holders, starting Oct. 2.

Families on MORE Everything shared data plans will get 15GB of data, up from 12GB, for the same $110 per month, or 30GB of shared data, up from 16GB, for $130, according to the offer. Customers must sign up for the promotions by Oct. 31.

Business plan users will pay $150 per month for 40GB of shared data, up from 20GB; $225 for 60GB of data, up from 30GB; $300 for 80GB, up from 40GB; or $375 for 100GB, up from 50GB, according to the promotion.

A monthly access fee of $15 per line also applies for customers who have Verizon Edge plans, are buying or upgrading a smartphone, or bring their own devices, according to Verizon.

AT&T's recent double data promotion was unveiled on Sept. 27, shortly after Sprint and competitor T-Mobile announced their own free data offers to lure more customers to their services. The AT&T offer applies to all Mobile Share Value plans that include 15GB to 50GB of shareable data and two to 10 cellular service lines. That means that for a monthly plan charge of $130, a user would get 30GB of shared data, up from the normal 15GB, to be shared between two and 10 lines. Users of a $150 data package would receive 40GB of shared data, up from the normal 20GB of data. Users of a $225 data package would receive 60GB of shared data, up from the normal 30GB, while users of a $300 data package would receive 80GB of shared data, up from the normal 40GB. For $375, users would receive 100GB of shared data, up from the normal 50GB allotment.

The offer is open to new and existing users who sign up for the special promotion by Oct. 31. Users must also pay $15 per line for unlimited calling, texting and international messaging (from the United States to select countries) each month. For a user with two lines, that means the special extra data promotion would cost $160 per month plus taxes and fees for 30GB of shared data. Customers can also get the special data promotion for $40 per month per line under a two-year contract, in addition to the shared data charges.


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