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AT&T details new mobile sharing plans

updated 12:59 pm EDT, Mon August 6, 2012

Plans range from 1GB to 20GB

In a post on the company's blog, AT&T has detailed the options customers will have when choosing a mobile data sharing plan. The new plans will be available starting August 23, and they allow customers to share between 1GB and 20GB of data across an array of devices. The company has also added a mobile sharing tool to help customers choose the best plan for them.

Under the new system, devices will share a single bucket of data. That bucket will include unlimited voice and text access. Customers can add up to 10 devices -- including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and mobile hotspots -- to a plan. All devices on a plan will support tethering for wireless access.

Plans will range from $40 for 1GB to $200 for 20GB as a baseline cost. Additional smartphones will add $30 to $45 to the plan, depending on the data option chosen. Adding feature phones will cost another $30. Laptops, mobile hotspots, and netbooks will add $20 each, and tablets and gaming devices will add another $10 each.

Customers that want to stay with their current data plans will be able to do so. Those wishing to set up a mobile share plan will be able to do so in any AT&T retail store after the plans launch in late August.

by MacNN Staff



  1. daqman

    Junior Member

    Joined: 09-15-00

    As an AT&T customer with an existing family plan and four smartphones I'd hoped this would save me some money since none of the iPhones come close to their monthly data limit. Instead the closest I can come is $30 more than I'm already spending and that is for less data and doesn't include taxes etc. What a scam!

  1. macvette

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-20-04

    "Under the new system, devices will share a single bucket of data."

    Then why is it that every additional device adds more cost to this plan? Just set the price for the bucket of data and let me have up to 10 devices that can access that bucket of data. AT&T always seems to find a way to make phone plans overly complicated.

    Please post if this new shared setup would actually SAVE you money. Anyone... anyone...

  1. jdonahoe

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 07-05-06

    This is deja vu all over again. This is so close to the Verizon shared data plan that it's scary. With the two major carriers adopting similar plans, I think there should be an investigation of collusion. Seems like everyone on Verizon and AT&T are equally being squeezed by these plans. Let's force the carriers to offer a la carte pricing without say texts or unlimited minutes. If three people can't use 500 minutes in a month, what do they care about unlimited?

  1. TylerDurden

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-18-01

    Yup, me too. My wife and I are still on the grandfathered unlimited data family plan. With the new sharing plans, it would actually cost us more, and we'd end up with limited data, so, two reasons not to switch. I'd be willing to switch to a limited data plan, but it would have to benefit me in some way, like, costing way less, or the hotspot feature being included, not extra (which it should be included anyway, since it's just me using the data I'm already paying for, there's no extra service being provided by AT&T. There's only the anti-service of crippling the Hotspot feature unless I pay to allow it to work.) Ugh, AT&T, why do you hate your customer's so much? I can just see the executives sitting around a large table on the top floor of a high rise saying, "We need to get more customer's signed up, but we have to come up with more ways for them to NOT to use our service.

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