updated 02:50 pm EDT, Fri October 11, 2013
Old plans will still be supported
AT&T will stop offering its traditional voice and data plans to new subscribers on October 25th, the carrier has announced. The one exception is an individual $40 plan, which includes 450 minutes but no bundled texts or data. Every other new subscriber will have to adopt one of the carrier's Mobile Share plans, which put multiple devices on the same data pool with fees for adding new ones.
Existing subscribers will be able to keep their current plans. AT&T is in fact promising that those people will be able to upgrade phones, activate new lines, and switch between tiers without being forced into Mobile Share.
The change is said to be based on the popularity of Mobile Share versus older plans. AT&T's main rival -- Verizon -- abandoned traditional voice/data plans at the same time it launched shared data tiers.