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AT&T Data-Share Plans Start Aug. 28

Dallas – AT&T
Mobile Share data-sharing plans will be available starting August 23, chief
marketing officer David Christopher

announced in a blog


Consumers will be able to sign up for a Mobile Share plan at
launch at any AT&T retail store or by calling AT&T. Online signup will
be available soon after launch, the carrier said.

To help subscribers choose a Mobile Share plan, the carrier
added a Mobile Share Planner tool at

. The tool lets
users estimate current usage on their devices, automatically calculates total
estimated usage, recommends the right Mobile Share plan

from 1GB
to 20GB

, and shows the estimated costs for that plan.   

 On July 18,

announced plans

for a late-August launch of its shared-data plans following
a June 28 launch by Verizon Wireless of its own shared-data plans. Both
carriers tie their shared-data plans to unlimited talk and messaging plans, but
AT&T’s program differs from Verizon’s in that AT&T gives new
subscribers the choice of signing up for shared-data plans or AT&T’s
current plans. Both AT&T and Verizon, however, let existing subscribers
keep their existing wireless plans without sacrificing their eligibility for
device subsidies, although in the case of Verizon, that doesn’t apply to
grandfathered unlimited-data plans that have been dropped.