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AT&T Says Its Shared-Data Plans Will Arrive August 23

AT&T said Monday that it will begin offering its so-called shared-data plans on Aug. 23.

Shared-data plans, also known as family-data plans, allow customers to pay for a pool of data and use those gigabytes among multiple devices, including phones, tablets and mobile hotspots.

AT&T announced its shared-data plans last month, following a similar move from main rival Verizon.

Verizon is making its shared-data plans the only option for most new customers, while AT&T has said it will continue to offer traditional per-device plans and honor those grandfathered in with unlimited data plans.

Sprint and T-Mobile, meanwhile, have said their focus remains on offering unlimited data plans with their smartphones.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik