AT&T is introducing a new shared data plan that lets you divide 300 MB between multiple mobile devices. That may seem minuscule, but it could fit the needs of a many a consumer.
Both Sprint and T-Mobile have maintained that shared data plans or for suckers. The exception, though, is the business customer. Both companies are delving into small business shared plans to fend off Verizon and AT&T.
Once you subtract all of the M2M connections and factor out all of the people who don’t own mobile devices, the number of devices owned by the typical U.S. wireless user comes to one-and-a-half per person.
AT&T has stopped subsidizing tablets, recognizing that it can’t sell slates the same way it sells smartphones. Now AT&T and other carriers need to start dropping tablet data plan pricing. If we’re no longer “paying back” the device subsidy, we shouldn’t be paying subsidized plan prices.
Confused by how AT&T’s new shared-data planswork? Well, we’ve put together a primer to show you how they work and compare them to Verizon’s similar pricing structure. Ultimately, shared data might not be for you, but hopefully this guide will help clear up the confusion.
When Verizon announced its new shared-data plans, it should have enjoyed a big advantage over its archrival AT&T. Consumers had been demanding the right to pool data, and Verizon was the first carrier to deliver. Instead, Verizon fumbled, and AT&T has picked up the ball.