Several weeks ago, AT&T announced plans to begin offering shared data packages alongside its existing mobile plans. While availability wasn't released at the time, the company has just revealed that it is going to make these new shared packages available beginning on Thursday, August 23rd.

Shared data plans will allow families to have unlimited domestic talk and text, as well as share their monthly bandwidth across various devices, including smartphones, tablets, hotspots, and laptops. In many cases, this could save them money on their phone bills (depending on usage, of course).


AT&T has also released a small planner tool to help families decide which data package is right for them by selecting their devices and the average amount of data consumed on each.


Again, though, unlike Verizon, AT&T isn't making this a mandatory change - leaving your old plan behind and switching to a new shared data plan is entirely up to you. That way, you can select whichever plan saves you the most money. And saving money is always a good thing.

[AT&T Blog]

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  • Brfield

    I just priced out of curiosity to what we have on T-Mo right now, and our bill with this plan would be over $100 more.

  • Aridon

    Any word on how corporate discounts will get applied with the new plans?

  • master94

    Screw you Verizon.Even att its not forcing its customers to change plans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoosyG Geno Cipriano

    these plans do not save money, im sorry.

  • Joseph Cascio

    Lol the only difference in my plan now and these are an additional 1.80GBs would cost me ~$80 more. That and I would have to fight to the death to have my share of data.

    Right now I have unlimited calling and text, two smartphones with 2GBs, one smartphone with 200MBs, and two basic phones. All for the low price of $210 with taxes and fees. The new plan would be $255 not including taxes and fees.

  • yarrellray

    Gotta like the way this sounds. Everything Verizon does is just so harsh to it's customers. Don't get me wrong these two carriers '' love to copy one another I'm happy on T-mobile but this just sounds pretty good.