AT&T: Shared Data Plans Will Begin August 23
AT&T has announced that it is bringing shared data plans to its users on August 23 of this year. The shared data plan will allow users to have up to ten devices on the same data plan so that users wonít have to pay for individual data plan for each device. The shared data plan is compatible with not just AT&Tís smartphones, but even AT&Tís tablet users can join in on the same data plan as smartphones on the shared data plan.
The shared data plans are a way for families to combine their data into one giant pool instead of individualizing data per person. This makes data easier to manage and it even gives the family more data to work with. Although convenient, the prices are nowhere near low:
AT&T will charge not only a premium for data, but they will also charge a rather hefty bonus for each device involved in the data plan. Monthly totals for data with the shared data plan from AT&T can be as bare bones cheap as $85 per month for the minimum data plan (1GB) with one device, or as expensive as $500 per month for the maximum data plan (20GB) with ten devices. There are plenty of mix and match options in between that can fit any budget.
Not everyone is going to prefer the shared data plans, since some people enjoy the ability to keep track of their own data. There is always that one family member that uses more data than everyone else and the rest of the family might feel like itís an unfair split. Who knows, maybe families will start setting some ground rules, manually capping the amount of cellular data the family members are allowed to use themselves, without the help of AT&T. The first one to pass the cap will lose their cookie privileges.