The CEO of AT&T's mobile business, Ralph de la Vega, told CNET in an interview that the company is working on family data plans that would give consumers one big pot of data that all devices could share. While minute plans have worked this way for years, since tiered data came along, customers have been waiting on a way to pool their data.
No details are available on how the plans will work, or how it will affect subsidized devices. It's also unclear whether or not devices like tablets would be entered into the mix. One of the biggest hang ups on selling network-enabled tablets (aside from the increased device price) is convincing customers to buy into yet another data plan. If devices could be grouped together on one large data plan, this might boost sales.
Of course, any speculation about how the plans will work is just that at the moment. We do know Verizon is pursuing similar plans, so it will be interesting to see how these two compete on their pricing structures. So, now begins the waiting game.