AT&T is "working on" creating a shared data plan

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: June 2, 2011

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega D9

Verizon has said in the past that it was considering introducing shared data "mega-plans," and today AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega indicated that his carrier is in the process of creating a similar offering. During an interview today at D9, de la Vega explained that AT&T was "working on" a data plan that could be shared between multiple devices, although he didn't give any indication as to when that plan might launch.

During the same interview, de la Vega was asked about AT&T's LTE rollout and how it might be affected if the carrier's acquisition of T-Mobile was denied. AT&T has said in the past that, with T-Mobile, it plans to cover 97 percent of the country with LTE. Without T-Mobile, de la Vega said that AT&T would be able to spread LTE to 80 percent of the U.S. Walt Mossberg also brought up Verizon and its LTE coverage, pointing out that AT&T's initial LTE rollout consists of only five cities even though Verizon already covers 40 markets with its own LTE network. De la Vega said that he thinks that AT&T will catch up to Verizon in two to three years.

As more and more customers pick up data-hungry devices like smartphones and tablets, the idea of a data plan that can be used across several of those products sounds like something that could be pretty popular (as long as the pricing is right, anyway). Unfortunately, it's not clear when we might learn more about AT&T's shared data plans, but you can bet we'll let you know more when we do. How many of you would sign up for a plan that would allow you to share an allotment of data between a tablet, smartphone, and other devices?

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