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AT&T shared data plans are nearing, evidence suggests

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AT&T shared data plans are nearing, evidence suggests
We know that AT&T is to unveil shared data plans at some point in the future, and leaked spy shots indicate that the carrier has already tuned its system in order to accommodate them. But are the new offers ready to be made official, and is their announcement right around the corner? That is quite possible, it seems, judging by text messages that the carrier is sending to its customers.

The screenshot that you see was taken by an AT&T customer a few days ago and displays his data usage. Notice that "Group Data" entry? Yeah, AT&T shared data plans might be closer than we think, and it won't be surprising if the carrier unveils them before we know it.

AT&T shared data plans are nearing, evidence suggests
Verizon was first to introduce shared data plans, which allow a user to consume a single data allowance across several devices. For example, unlimited texts, calls, and 2GB of data for up to 10 devices are available from Big Red in exchange for $100 monthly. How much will AT&T charge for something like that? We can only speculate on the matter, but we expect having more details on the matter sooner than later.

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posted on 17 Jul 2012, 06:19

1. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And so it begins....

Wonder what Sprint and T Mo will come up with, or will they stay the same?

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 07:44 2

2. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I really hope AT&T offers just data bundles, tiered at a reasonable price. Verizon forcing everyone to go on unlimited minutes is unnecessary, and definitely so for AT&T with their unlimited mobile calling feature. I would speculate something along the lines of their existing models, but open to multiple lines, that is, $30 for 3GB, $50 for 5, and maybe $75 for 10. In my view that would work well and present a very competitive and comprehensive setup, and seem feasible for customer and carrier alike

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 11:47

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I agree. Although AT&T and Verizon usually offer the exact same plans, AT&T seems to really try to differentiate themselves when it comes to data plans. If they're going to do something of shared data plans, I think what would set them apart is if they offered some type of "rollover data." I think AT&T should offer unlimited minutes and texts too, mainly just to save people from having to purchase the additional unlimited text + any mobile to mobile package for $20. Your price points for the tired data bundle seems very legit and reasonable as well, so long as AT&T doesn't do the device access fee for their new plans.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 08:25

3. Malique001 (Posts: 58; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Verizon reps were correct when stating that AT&T was next and coming soon. So unfortunate.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 08:57

4. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Probably coming, but that pic looks fake. Data and Unlimited Overage lines are wrong.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 11:24

5. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)

I'm a little confused as to what "Unlimited Overage" even means.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 21:45

9. devon613 (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

no its not i work for att and it mean u can use as much as u want but you will get the overage charges wich is 10 bucks per gig so it is correct.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 12:18 1

7. md227a (Posts: 172; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

As long as they dont pull what VZW is doing if you upgrade you lose you unl data plan. Otherwise I am just buying phones outright! Even though I only avg 1.5-2gigs a month

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 20:14

8. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

I agree!!! I currently have a grandfathered unlim data plan and I buy my phones from ebay. Currently rocking an LG Quantum!!!

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 22:11

10. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

well if you have admitted that unlimited data isn't really necessary...is it really worth paying full retail price on a phone if your usage fits reasonable tier data pricing?

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 10:47

11. md227a (Posts: 172; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Although I avg 1.5-2GIGs there are months where my usage is closer to 5-6gis if I am traveling. I dont want to pay extra if I dont have to, unl is peace of mind.

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