AT&T Announces Shared Mobile Data Plans

AT&T followed through on its plans to introduce family data options with its Wednesday announcement that Mobile Share plans will be available in August. The plans will include shared data for multiple smartphones, along with unlimited talk time and text messages.

AT&T family data plans coming in August“With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, available in late August, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, plus get unlimited talk and text,” the company said in a statement.

The Mobile Share plans support up to 10 devices, and at least one must be a smartphone such as the iPhone. The plans also include data tethering, which is a feature that otherwise would include an additional fee.

Pricing starts at US$40 for 1GB of shared wireless data, plus $45 per smartphone. Each laptop costs $20 per month, and tablets costs $10 a month. Monthly fees for smartphones is lower with bigger data plans.

AT&T’s decision to offer family data plans follows a similar move from Verizon in June. Verizon’s data plans start at $50 for a 1GB cap with each smartphone adding $40 to the monthly cost.

Smartphone owners can check out the Mobile Share plans at the AT&T website.