This week brought rumors of US Cellular launching shared data plans. We have yet to hear anything direct from the carrier, however another leak has surfaced regarding those plans and this time around there are some pricing details included. That being said, while not yet confirmed, it does appear as if US Cellular will be launching these plans fairly soon. In the meantime, here are some of the plan highlights.
Beginning first with details of the shared data plans for regular users (as opposed to business users). These plans all allow for sharing with up to 10 devices and have data ranging from 1GB on the low end to 75GB on the high-end. The 1GB plan begins at $50 per month and it looks like most users would end up topping out somewhere at around $100 per month, which is for 10GB. While there is no middle ground at 5GB, there was mention of a 4GB and 6GB plan for $70 and $80 respectively.
These plans also all include tethering. Basically, these are looking pretty close to what we have seen with other carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T. There also looks to be some plans for those who only want data. For devices such as tablets, modems and mobile hotspots. These plans also are shareable by up to 10 devices and they include tethering and unlimited messaging (but no voice).
These plans range from 1GB to 50GB and sit with prices from $10 per month up to $335 per month. Looking at the middle of the line for the data only plans and we see options for 4GB at $30 per month or 6GB for $40 per month. For those curious, 10GB is priced at $60 per month.
Device charges come in at $40 per month for smartphones, $10 per month for tablets and $20 per month for modems and mobile hotspots. There was also mention of how "data usage greater than the shared data pool triggers stepped allotments of data shared across all users." Further details here bring talk of those 'steps' being 1GB with a cost of $15. Bottom line here, it looks like most of the details have been spilled with one main exception being the when.