Today, AT&T has announced the company will offer shared data plans for those customers who have multiple Windows Phones or other smartphones. Available in late August the plans range from 1gb to 20gb with monthly fees as high as $200 plus $30 per smartphone. The shared data plans will also allow customers to add devices, other than smartphones, for an additional monthly fee. Go over your monthly data allotment and it'll cost you an extra $15 per gigabyte.
There will be no changes to AT&T's current device upgrade policy that allows eligible customers to upgrade phones without being required to switch plans. Existing individual and family plans will still remain available for AT&T customers as well.
The plan is limited to ten devices, one of which must be a smartphone, and includes tethering and unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones and quick messaging phones. AT&T Mobility's Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher sees the new plan as sharing a bucket of data.
“With these new plans, the more you share, the more you save. They’ll be a good fit for a variety of new and existing customers. But if customers want to stay on their current plan or choose from our existing plans, they can do that, too. It’s their choice."
With the announcement, AT&T joins Verizon and their Share Everything plan by offering shared data. No word if we'll see rollover data as we do with voice minutes (wouldn't that be nice).
So...what do you think? Shared data a good idea? Or does the pricing need to come down a bit before these plans become more attractive?