Important Opinions: T-Mobile Needs to Mind their Own Business
Today, the news came out AT&T would begin offering shared data plans next month. Shortly after, T-Mobile made an official statement calling Verizon and AT&T’s shared data plans “costly, complicated, and punitive”. T-Mobile basically alludes to the plans being somewhat predatory, and having no value to the consumer. The first question that comes to mind is, why is T-Mobile commenting on AT&T’s data plans? What does that have to do with Magenta? I for one, don’t find AT&T’s shared data plans to be so bad, especially if you’re in a household where only one person really uses much data. As of now, two people on an AT&T family plan with unlimited talk and text, and 3gb of data would be paying $180 per month. With the upcoming Mobile Share plans, the same unlimited talk and text with the same 6gb of data would cost $160 per month, $20 per month less than the current offering. I don’t know about you, but saving $20 per month for the same service, isn’t a bad savings to me. That said, T-Mobile is out of line with their comments and they need to stick with minding their own business. Perhaps, if they put as much thought into their own affairs as they do the affairs of other companies, they might not be struggling. T-Mobile needs to stay in their lane.
T-Mobile’s Official Statement Regarding Verizon and AT&T’s shared data plans:
“Unlike AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile does not plan on introducing shared family data plans and believes consumers will not benefit from that model. AT&T and Verizon shared family plans are:
- COSTLY – AT&T and Verizon are charging more for what consumers want by raising rates on data, but promoting the “value” by pointing to unlimited talk and text even though today many consumers use less of these services.
- COMPLICATED – both plans force customers to share data when many customers don’t know how much data they’re using, which makes it hard to stay within their limit when trying to balance multiple users.
- PUNITIVE – At the same time that AT&T and Verizon are making it harder for customers to manage overages, they are also charging overage rates of $15/GB for accounts with at least one smartphone.
Conversely, at T-Mobile we believe that:
- Customers who pay more, should get more – Rather than having to account for each device on a shared family data plan, T-Mobile customers can use their existing data plan to power multiple devices, while still saving hundreds of dollars annually.
- Data should be worry-free – With T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans, there is no surprise data cap or bill shock.
- Data plans should be flexible and affordable – At T-Mobile, customers have the option of only paying for the amount of data each member of the family believes they will need.”
– Harry Thomas for T-Mobile