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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.

Source: CNET

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  • sssgadget

    *conditions apply

    $40 and plans above applicable or some s***

  • Michael Goff

     Give me 10GB shared for under $80 and I'm sold.

  • Mapekz

    I'm expecting retarded pricing structures, i.e. $50/2GB shared (+$10/month per device).

    For some accounts the pricing will be better, but for accounts that consume 5GB+ between all lines I expect to be shafted.

    My family for instance pays $90/month (unlimited plans on VZW) and uses 3GB+, but we are in a 3G-barely-4G neighborhood. When 4G doesn't melt battery life I expect that number to double to 6GB+ very easily (and if we add tablets/tethered devices another 3GB+), but I don't expect the $/month to be less than $90 for that much usage.

    Needless to say I will run many calculations with hypothetical scenarios to see exactly how much money I will save, if any, with the shared data plans. I don't think they are going to be in our best interest, however.

  • ElfirBFG

    How about sharing unlimited data? (;

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

      Yes!  I doubt it'll happen, but I'd LOVE to be able to transfer my unlimited data account over to the new system & give a tablet unlimited data as well, even if I have to pay a little more...  Which could work....  If I'm using the tablet I'm probably not likely to use the phone's data, so one way of looking at it, it's still just one data stream....  But I'm sure they'll come up with a "you upgraded your account & thus removing your grandfathered status....  Welcome to tiered plans - which would you like?"

    • earth

      You can, on Sprint.

  • marcusmaximus04

    "so it will be interesting to see how these two compete on their pricing structures."


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Eric Ravenscraft promoted this comment.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    An AT&T rep was quoted saying:
    "We are currently investigating how this type of plan would work. We have our best minds currently tackling this challenge, and at this point the consensus seems to be something called 'add the monthly data use of each line and use that number' but we need to investigate further. We are investigating whether our infrastructure can handle this 'sum of all data" scenario presently and will comment once we have come to a conclusion."

  • Mendomar012

    AT&T needs to do roll over data