AT&T launches its own shared data plan

A few weeks ago, Verizon Wireless announced its shared data plans for its smartphone customers. Now AT&T is announcing its own mobile data sharing plans, called Mobile Share. The plans is scheduled to go into effect in August. However, AT&T is allowing customers to also keep their individual data plans if they wish. The shared data plans come with unlimited voice and messaging.

In a page on AT&T's website, the company goes over the details of the Mobile Share plans. They begin at $40 a month for one GB of data, plus $45 for each smartphone on the data plan. Adding a tablet device will increase the price by $10 a month and adding a laptop or mobile hotspot will add another $20 a month.

AT&T allows users to go all the way up to 20 GB a month for $200, which is double the amount of data that Verizon allows with its Share Everything plan. As you increase your data cap, the price of the smartphones you add to the plan gets lower. If you go over your data cap, it's another $15 for each GB.

With Verizon and AT&T now launching shared but limited data plans, that leaves Sprint among the three biggest wireless carriers in the US with a truly unlimited data plan, with no sharing option, for its customers.

Source: AT&T | Image via AT&T

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