T-Mobile USA may be the fourth largest wireless provider in the U.S., but it has proven again to be the leader in new trends that provide greater flexibility and affordability to consumers.
Just a few weeks after T-Mobile said it would allow phone customers to roll over their unused data month after month, AT&T said Wednesday it is offering its own rollover program, with a few differences.
AT&T, the second largest wireless provider after Verizon, said its Mobile Share Value customers can have their unused, shareable plan data in a given month roll over to be used within the next month.
To its credit, AT&T was an innovator years ago in providing “rollover” voice minutes, long before talking minutes became unlimited among all carriers.
Nonetheless, AT&T data rollover comes on the heels of T-Mobile’s similar plan that started this month. Under T-Mobiles version, data you don’t use each month automatically rolls into a personal “Data Stash” for later use, up to a year.
The time element is the big difference between the two plans. AT&T’s plan does differ from T-Mobile’s. AT&T will allow unused data to be carried over for only one month. After that, the unused data is lost.
Both plans, however, amount to good news for consumers who increasingly are using data to stream videos, look up email, take selfies for social media postings and cruise the Internet.
AT&T gives this example for its plan: “If you have four lines and have a 15GB AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan and only use 10GB in a given month, you’ll roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available to use within the next month.”