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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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