AT&T shared data plans could become reality soon, spy shots indicate
0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2012, 03:40 posted on
Apparently, AT&T is getting ready to release shared mobile data plans for the convenience of its subscribers. Changes to the carrier's internal system suggest that...
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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
2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 979; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I see no problem with this unless the shared data plans are expensive.
12. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
rollover on data? In a dream world, yes. In reality? Yeah right.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; 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.
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.
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If your grandfathered 'unlimited' plan gets throttled at 2Gb, I wonder how you would feel about that?
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.
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; 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.
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.
10. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; 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.
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.