According to IT Wire there will be three plans:
- 5GB for $89/month
- 9GB for $119/month
- 20GB for $199/month
In addition to the traffic-based charges, each additional user (and you must have at least one) is charged at $40/month for a 24 month contract or $50/month for a rolling contract.
This doesn't compare favourably with the individual plans, where users pay $45/month for 5GB and $65/month for 10GB (both 12 month minimum contract). Furthermore, on the sharer plans all out-of-bundle usage is billed at $0.25/MB. For the individual plans there are no OOB charges on the 5GB or 10GB plans.
I can see almost no reason why a SME would choose to take these plans. There is some flexibility in the ability to add no-commitment users at $50/month, but this slim benefit is massively outweighed by the huge price premium. Assuming a SME has 5 users, all generating 1GB of traffic per month on average. If they all take a 5GB plan (just to be sure they don't go out of bundle) it will cost $225/month. To have 5 users on a 9GB plan (so with much less leeway built in) it would cost $279 and the users would be tied in for 24 months. With no tie-in it would be $319/month.
This is all a bit disappointing. I'd hoped for rather more from the first sharer plan. But, this is just the first attempt and they will try to skim the market with a high initial price point. It will come down substantially over the next 12 months, I'm sure.