Network operator AT&T is reaching out to businesses looking to increase their mobile work capabilities by offering expanded choices of shared data plans, including larger Mobile Share plans, new Mobile Share–Data (only) plans, and new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans.
The expansion builds on AT&T’s existing Mobile Share plans with new options of 30GB, 40GB and 50GB, including unlimited calls and texts. In addition, the new Mobile Share–Data plans are aimed at businesses and consumers and new Business Pooled Nation for Data plans is designed for business customers.
Each data plan includes access to more than 32,000 AT&T WiFi hotspots for free, and WiFi usage at public hotspots, home or the office does not count toward the monthly wireless data plan usage. To help customers track their data usage, AT&T keeps them informed with courtesy alerts as they near their data allowance for the month.
With 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, with the company requiring at least one device 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 1GB to 50GB of data per month.
In addition, more devices can be added to each of these plans, including basic and quick messaging phones for $30 per month per device, laptops, LaptopConnect cards, and netbooks for $20 per month per device, and tablets and gaming devices for $10 per month per device. Businesses can add up to 10 devices for plans up to 20GB, 15 devices for 30GB plans, 20 devices for 40GB plans, and 25 devices for 50GB plans.
"Our expanded Mobile Share plans make it even easier for business customers to choose a data option that’s right for them," Joe Lueckenhoff, AT&T senior vice president of business product management, said in a statement. "Whether it’s a large business wanting to better connect with employees, or a small business owner needing a data-only plan."
Businesses that need data sharing for more than 25 devices can choose from the Business Pooled Nation for Data plans, with buckets ranging from 300MB to 10GB and monthly prices from $20 to $80 for eligible devices. Rounding out the offerings are the Mobile Share–Data plans (no talk and text), which are available for businesses and consumers with shared data buckets ranging from 4GB to 50GB and prices ranging from $30 to $335 per month. However, AT&T notes that these plans are only available for tablets, laptops and other connected devices.