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AT&T shared data plans could become reality soon, spy shots indicate

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AT&T shared data plans could become reality soon, spy shots indicate
Remember when we last heard about AT&T and the shared data plans that it was getting ready to launch? If you don't, we cannot blame you as it has been over half a year since then. However, judging by these leaked spy shots, the carrier may be almost ready to unveil shared data plans for the convenience of its subscribers.

Apparently, the carrier has introduced some changes to Telegence, which is its internal system used for managing customer accounts. And further examination of the images indicates that the tweaks have added support for data sharing between devices. Of course, that doesn't mean that the functionality is now ready to be made available to the masses, yet it could suggest that AT&T is doing internal testing just to make sure that everything is working fine.

Unfortunately, there aren't any clues as to when monthly plans with shared data options will be made available. How much it will cost is anyone's guess as well. However, since Verizon is expected to have shared data plans of its own in the near future, we expect AT&T to launch its offerings in a timely manner.

source: Engadget

AT&T shared data plans could become reality soon
AT&T shared data plans could become reality soon

AT&T shared data plans could become reality soon


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posted on 13 Feb 2012, 05:06

1. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


About time... my brother has the htc.vivid and.i have the skyrocket. We will just share one data plan

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 05:11 3

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 932; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I see no problem with this unless the shared data plans are expensive.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 07:04 1

3. fervid (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


They better have roll-over too.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 12:50

12. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


rollover on data? In a dream world, yes. In reality? Yeah right.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 08:31

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I think shared data is going to be the competitive differentiator in 2012. VZW is thinking about it. I hope AT&T does roll out shared data. Then pressure grows on VZW to do shared data too.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 08:42

5. traciireese (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


this is only good news for ppl who are NOT grandfathered in to unlimited data plans.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 10:24

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If your grandfathered 'unlimited' plan gets throttled at 2Gb, I wonder how you would feel about that?

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 13:03

7. 05blacksrt4 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


They need to make it affordable...

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 14:45

8. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I think the shared data plans should be integrated into customers' existing plans. In other words, if I have a 2 GB data plan for my smart phone, I should now be able to use that 2GB across my iPad and smart phone.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:08

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I think that is the basic concept. Although, I suspect AT&T won't allow the sharing to occur with the grandfathered unlimited plans. AT&T is starting to make the unlimited plans unattractive (throttling at around the 2Gb usage level), so I doubt they would be interested in allowing an unlimited plan to be shard across a number of devices.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 12:49

11. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Agreed, and allow me to expand a little on my previous comment. The data plans should be shared between the smart phone and I've had, along with NOT increasing plan fees. Meaning, my rate should not go up just because I'm sharing my plan between two devices.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 16:21 1

10. Forsaken77 (Posts: 542; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Hopefully this will kill off those useless tethering plans they rip people off with. Family plan data is something I'm looking forward to also. We have 4 smartphones on the plan and could easily get away with 2GB's across all 4 phones.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 12:54

13. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You are definitely onto something here. Ideally, my family plan would consist of 5 GB shared across 4 phones for $50. That would be a 50% savings on our monthly data charges, and we would only be using the data allotment we need.

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