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T-Mobile Pooh-Poohs Shared Data Plans

T-Mobile has already said that it doesn’t plan to offer shared data plans anytime soon. Now it is throwing cold water on them.

In a blog post on Friday, the No. 4 carrier rejected the idea that pooled data plans will end up being a better value.

“Do families really want to keep track of each others’ data consumption?” T-Mobile said. “We don’t think so. Just imagine mom’s email is suddenly unavailable because her teenage son watched an HD movie on his phone, consuming the family’s data allotment.”

Verizon has said it will offer tiered data plans starting in midsummer, while AT&T has said it is working on a family data plan of its own. Sprint, meanwhile, is keeping its focus on unlimited plans as well.

T-Mobile acknowledges that bandwidth is a limited resource, but says that shared data is not the way to go.


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