Regional carrier C Spire Wireless is joining AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) in offering what is fast becoming an industry standard pricing for shared data plans: C Spire will now offer unlimited voice, texting and 10 GB of shared data for four smartphone lines for $160 per month.
AT&T first introduced that specific pricing in early February and Verizon followed suit in early April. AT&T has been heavily promoting the price point in its advertising--and seemed to benefit, with 625,000 postpaid subscriber net additions in the first quarter.
In addition, C Spire cut the pricing of its lower-tier shared data plans, which also come with unlimited voice and texting. The plans are now just $25 for 1 GB of shared data or $40 for 2 GB of data, a savings of $20 a month for each option. The company also added a new 3 GB option for $60 a month.
Under C Spire's shared data plans, customers who pay off their devices in installments, bring their own phone or pay for the full cost of their phone pay $25 per month per smartphone line for plans of 8 GB of shared data or less. That cost falls to $15 per month for plans of 10 GB or more. For customers on a two-year contract, the smartphone line charge is $40 per month no matter the size of the shared data plan.
"Giving our customers plans that work for their lives and their wallets has always been our top priority, which is why we created our new line-up of tiered Shared Data Plans," said Suzy Hays, senior vice president of consumer markets for C Spire. "Whether it's a family of four or a small business with specific data requirements, C Spire has a shared plan that fits their needs."
C Spire is still offering its $65 "Unlimited Everything," which includes unlimited voice, texting, picture messaging, web, music and video. The plan also comes with free international text messaging to 140 countries and free access to the operator's PERCS program for discounts and rewards. The $65 plan is available to customers who are not on a contract and who have paid full price for their devices, or are on a monthly device installment plan.
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