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

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


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13 Comments

1. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

2. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

3. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

They better have roll-over too.

12. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Feb 13, 2012

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

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

7. 05blacksrt4

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They need to make it affordable...

8. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: Dec 05, 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: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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: Dec 05, 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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