AT&T has revealed a shared data plan that will allow customers to allocate one data plan to multiple devices, such as tablets, smartphones and other Internet-enabled products.
The plans will roll out in late August and will also include unlimited talk and text. Customers will first choose how much monthly data they want, with a range offering of 1GB to 20GB, which they can then select up to 10 devices per one account. The 1GB per month plan will cost $40 per month, while the 4GB, 6GB, 10GB, 15GB and 20GB plans will run you $70, $90, $120, $160 and $200 per month, respectively.
Adding a tablet to the mix will cost a monthly fee of $10, with netbooks and laptops costing $20 per month. Customers interested in adding a smartphone to the AT&T Mobile Shared plan should check out the pricing breakdown below.
So for example a customer with a tablet and a smartphone, who wants 4GB of total data transfers a month, would pay $120 monthly, which breaks down as $70 for the 4GB data base plan, $10 for the tablet and $40 for the smartphone.
Shared data will be available to business customers, while AT&T customers will not be required to choose a Mobile Share plan, existing customers who switch to a shared data plan will not have to extend their contract. Each plan includes tethering and unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones.
So Pantech Element owners looking to use more data on your mobile slate than smartphone, AT&T’s shared plan could be beneficial to you.
AT&T is not the first carrier to release shared data plans, as Verizon Wireless introduced its own shared data plans last month. Big Red’s iteration also sets a 10 device limit per account and sports a similar pricing strategy to AT&T.