On August 23rd, the US mobile carrier AT&T will be launching new data plans for their mobile devices. With the new plans, AT&T wants to shift the emphasis away from individual devices and individual data plans to plans that have a pool of bandwidth that can be shared by multiple devices belonging to one family.
Verizon wireless does offer a similar sort of program for their mobile customers, but where the AT&T plan does differ is in the fact that their shared data plans are optional. If you happen to be a new user that is migrating over to AT&T or alternatively someone that is buying a new AT&T phone, you will not be obligated to register for the Mobile Share plans. AT&T does recognize that there will be many users that will be questioning whether such a plan would be good for their family and in this respect, AT&T is offering help in the form of their call centers where customer service representatives will be able to assist with any user questions that might arise. Additionally, there is also a new AT&T tool that can also provide you with some assistance in looking at the various options that are available.
In a nutshell, the new AT&T plans will come with a monthly charge that will range from $10 on the low end for each tablet or portable game console to $20 for each broadband stick or notebook. There will also be the additional fees associated with voice, data and texting.