ComcastKenF, the unlimited plan cannot be shared, but I thought By the Gig plan is shared. If that is not the case, then the marketing material on the website needs to be updated. The following is straight from the website: "Each month, pay for the 4G LTE data you use at one low price of $12/GB. There are no limits, just the flexibility you need. The best part? It’s shared data, so you can have multiple lines connected on one account."
But I guess you can share the unlimited data by making the phone with unlimited to be a hotspot, right? Although I know the other device must be in the vicinity.
cruzadel, there are no additional fees for using your phone as a hotspot, and you can do it whether you have by the gig or unlimited.
You're correct, hotspot/tethering access does require the additional device to be within range of the broadcasting device. If you have a by the gig plan, hotspot counts toward your data usage.
How does the system calculate the shared data usage? Does it roundup the the nearest 100 MB on each phone line then add up together?
If I have 3 phones lines and each use 301MB. Does it consider 903 MB total usage or 1200 MB if you roundup each line first?
I'm pretty sure they add up the actual data for each, then round up to the nearest .1gb.. My current charges show. .4gb used, and I have three lines. One is at 215mb, another at 98mb, and the last at 40mb, as shown in the phones. That adds up to 353mb, and rounding to the nearest tenth of a gigabyte after that is .4gb. If they were rounding each phone separately, then adding that up, I'd see .5gb instead of .4gb (.3 for my first phone, .1 for the second, and another .1 for the last one).
Apologies all. I did not notice the most important part of your question, "By the Gig". There is no shareable data for unlimited, but yes; by the Gig is $12 per gig for the account.
Just signed up this week for XM service and bought two phones on one account. I told the rep in the store that 1G per month is plenty for us to share just like we do on T Mobile BUT the invoice has $12 on each phone for 1G. Rut Roh...going to the svc center tomorrow to get ported and activated. Can I get them to remove one of the monthly $12 charges?
The per-GB charges don't get billed until the end of your service month, and it will be based upon combined usage. I suspect you are looking at the monthly payment for the phone itself or perhaps the taxes/fees on the phone purchase.
Thanks.....yep.....I 'get it now'. For us other than the bill for the phones our service will be FREE as we rarely ever use data. Such a deal!