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Carriers working on shared iPhone, iPad data plans

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, June 27, 2011
News Categories: iPad, iPhone

Both Verizon Wireless and AT&T in the U.S. are working on data plan offerings that would allow users to share their monthly data allotment between the iPhone and iPad. AllThingsD reports that AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said in a interview at the D9 conference that “We’re working on one. It will be soon. I can’t comment on a quarter (when it will launch) but it will be soon,” while Verizon CFO Fran Shammo also recently indicated that the company is exploring such an offer. These moves follow launches of shared data plans France Telecom’s Orange unit in Austria, France, Spain, and the U.K., under which users pay an “extra couple of dollars” each month for each additional device that shares the same data allotment. In Austria, where such a plan has been offered the longest, Orange claims that 38 percent of all iPads on its network are now using the shared plans.

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1

Rogers in Canada has offered a split-data plan for a couple of months now. It’s a $15-a-month add-on for 1 gig of shared data. It’s a great plan and allows me to actually use more of the data I pay for each month. Before, with just my iPhone, I was using one-tenth of my monthly data allotment. Now I probably use about three-tenths of my data. And I use my 3G connection on my iPad pretty liberally, especially at work where I can’t use the wi-fi connection.

Posted by Andrew Locatelli on June 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM (PDT)

2

Seeing how this would require I give up my grandfathered-in unlimited data plan, this doesn’t mean a hill of beans to me.

Posted by Cash on June 28, 2011 at 1:22 AM (PDT)

3

I am using Personal Hotspot on my iPhone to share data on my iPad and home computer… Of course, your carrier must agree to enable tethering on your iPhone, but if they do, you can get decent speed and only one bill for all your devices devices!

Posted by Louis Cailloux on June 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM (PDT)

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