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AT&T finalizing details of upcoming shared data plans

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.



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  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Mar 2009

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    it's about time

    AT&T better provide a savings or it won't make any difference. I have four iPhones on my family plan but we could exist with a shared data plan of only 2-3GB. I'd be willing to pay $50/mo for this shared plan, which would be much less than the $100 I pay now.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +2

    I am sitting fine

    With a five-line family plan, no texting and no other additional feature.

    700 minutes to share
    2GB for one line
    200MB for the other four lines

    We are averaging $36 for the 200MB lines and $46 for the 2GB line. All the fees were evenly distributed by % to each line. Not a bad deal. The most important thing is that NONE of us have exceeded limits for almost two years.

    By the way, there is a 15% discount that is applied to the first two lines.

  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Mar 2009

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    We use ours a little more

    All four of my iPhones use over 200MB on a regular basis so to keep from getting charged, they are all at the 2GB level. This is why I'd like to see a lower shared data plan than starting at something like 10GB, which we'd never get anywhere near.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

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    The current plan is 300MB for $20

    and 3GB for $30

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2008

    +10

    Ha!

    "I'm very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers"

    This is business-speak for, "The plan is purposely biased heavily in our favor from both a usage and a financial standpoint and carries little in the way of incentive for the customer in either of those two areas."

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -4

    Re: Ha!

    This is business-speak for, "The plan is purposely biased heavily in our favor from both a usage and a financial standpoint and carries little in the way of incentive for the customer in either of those two areas."

    And what do you expect from any company? You actually think Apple cares about the customer more than the bottom line? Because if you do, you're kidding yourself (thus the reason the iPhone still costs $700).

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