updated 12:00 pm EDT, Tue May 8, 2012
Launch date still up in air
AT&T is approaching the announcement of its long-anticipated shared data plans, hints a comment from AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. "I'm very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers," he told CNET yesterday in an interview at the ongoing CTIA trade show. The executive in fact said that the carrier knows how the plan will be structured, but declined to say when it might launch, including whether or not it will be out in the next few months and/or arrive before an expected Verizon alternative.
Shared data plans have been a common demand of US cellphone carriers, since the current situation demands a separate data plan for every phone, even in the cases of families which can otherwise share voice minutes. Shared data could also prove useful for individuals who have devices like iPads or mobile hotspots, which otherwise require their own expensive data tiers.