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The plans allow customers to add up to 10 devices to a single data plan with unlimited talk and text as well

AT&T is following in the footsteps of Verizon by unveiling Mobile Share plans, which offers customers another choice in the way of data, talk and text.

AT&T's Mobile Share plans aim to allow customers to share a single plate of data across various devices like smartphones and tablets. Unlimited talk and text are added to that chunk of data as well.

The idea behind the new plans is to give customers better control over what device they choose to use with their data bucket, and how they choose to use it. These plans consolidate data and give customers the option to use their one large chunk of data on any mobile device.

“We offer customers a broad choice and the best lineup of plans, now enhanced by Mobile Share,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. “With these new plans, the more you share, the more you save. They’ll be a good fit for a variety of new and existing customers. But if customers want to stay on their current plan or choose from our existing plans, they can do that, too. It’s their choice. 

“Today we think of people’s smartphones and tablets sharing a bucket of data. But in the future we’ll see health care monitors, connected cars, security systems and other devices in the home all connected to the mobile Internet,” said Christopher. “Our Mobile Share plans are simple, easy and a great value for individuals or families with multiple mobile Internet devices.”

Customers can choose one of the new Mobile Share plans without having to sign a contract extension, but they are not required to switch to one of these plans. For those that do want to switch, all they have to do is choose how much data they want per month and tie up to 10 devices (one must be a smartphone) to their new Mobile Share plan. Each Mobile Share plan includes unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones or basic messaging phones. They also include tethering.

Here is the pricing table for Mobile Share plans:

The new Mobile Share plans will be available in late August.

Just last month, Verizon revealed its "Share Everything" plans, which is basically the same exact idea as AT&T's Mobile Share plans. Customers can purchase "buckets" of data and add various mobile devices to the plan with unlimited talk and text.

Source: AT&T

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Bad deal for some?
By Akrovah on 7/18/2012 11:34:50 AM , Rating: 2
So if I am reading this right, a shared 4 GB package will cost me and my wife $150 per month. While the current non-shared plans we can each get 3GB, for a 6GB total, for the same price. The only advantage to teh shared plan being that it has unlimited talk, which we wouldn't use.

So yeah. Not so good unless you actuall need unlimited talk.

Where are the plans with shared data that still let you choose a low number of minutes? Or would those make too much sense?

RE: Bad deal for some?
By nafhan on 7/18/2012 12:13:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing that Verizon and ATT have a lot of excess voice capacity and a relatively small number of users buying more than the minimum number of minutes. So, basically, they can give everyone unlimited voice, which makes the new plans look like a good deal, without incurring any real costs. It also has the added benefit of discouraging people from using services like Skype and Google voice for their phone calls.

RE: Bad deal for some?
By vapore0n on 7/18/2012 1:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
Services like Skype and Google voice are already discouraged by the limiting data cap AT&T imposes.

RE: Bad deal for some?
By Dr of crap on 7/18/2012 12:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yea I was going to ask - how much?
I'm with Sprint, and with 4 phones, unlimited text and talk, ( I won't get into unlimited data right now - and we AREN'T big data consumers ), we pay $200 a month.
And THAT amount is to much.

Do you all think you're going to stay on ATT with those charges????

RE: Bad deal for some?
By cknobman on 7/18/2012 2:49:15 PM , Rating: 3
I am with Sprint as well. 4 lines with text, talk, and unlimited data. 4 Evo 4g phones and 1 lg 3g phone (all android) and my bill after taxes and fees is a grand total of $210 per month.

So if I am reading correct if I went AT&T same lines and phones with 10GB cap would cost $120 + 4*$30 = $240 + taxes and fees (average $20) for a grand total of $260.

W T F ? ? ? ?

No way in h3ll I would ever pay $50 more a month for less. Dont give me the network or LTE argument either. I live in DFW and both LTE and WiMax are live in my market (I've been using WiMax for 2 years now).

RE: Bad deal for some?
By FITCamaro on 7/18/2012 3:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
You have unlimited talk between each other anyway since its free in-network calling.

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