Re: Question about Mobile Share Plans
08-08-2012 12:26:17 PM
I am hopeful that someone might be able to help with my question. As such, I have 5 lines on a family plan and we really need unlimited minutes (we do not use more than 5GB of data per month in total). So, moving to the new shared mobile plans make sense in that we will have unlimited minutes and enough data to share. But here is my question...when AT&T moves voice calls over to VoLTE (which I read will happen in 2013), will that start using my data plan? If so, I will no longer have "unlimited minutes." If that is the case, maybe I should keep my current unlimited data plan as once VoLTE rolls out I would technically lose my unlimited minutes. OR, will VoLTE usage be calculated separately from your data plan. Thanks so much!!!
According to reports that I have seen it is not even scheduled for start og roll out till sometime in 2013 and will probalby be rolled out in major locations a few at the time just like the current LTE technology, heck there are still places that don;t have decent 3G coverage, doubt this will be a concern for a few years. As far as your unlimited plan. Any answer given here would be pure speculation.
rememebr it is capped at 3GB, after 3GB it is throttled down, again suspect that this will not be around for to much longer. Was actually surprised that att did not follow verizon's handling of their grandfathered unlimited plan when they rolled out shared data - want a subsidized phone, they drop your unlimited, want to keep unlimited then pay full price for the phone and you can
Actually, for folks with LTE phones that still have the unlimited data, throttling does not kick in until 5GB but since he's talking about the shared data plan with unlimited talk and text, there is no throttling. If you use up your shared data, you buy another chunk, just like the metered data plans.
I doubt anyone knows at this point for sure but I doubt that any VoLTE calls will count against your data plan. Once VoLTE is fully rolled out, basically everything you do over the phone will be data and if they don't distinguish between VoLTE data, sms/mms data and all other data, the whole unlimited talk and text will become meaningless. Consequently, I fully expect none of that type of data (voice and text) will count against the shared data.
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