We’ve known about AT&T’s new data plan that would allow users to share data between their iPhone and iPad ever since AT&T’s CEO Ralph de la Vega teased it last year. Many customers have been excited for it to launch, but there hasn’t been any word on an official release date.

The plan has been rumored to launch soon, and it looks to becoming even closer according to a leaked internal screenshot from Engadget

According to the memo seen above, Telegence has been tweaked to include a new group-level data feature node “in preparation for the launch of Shared Data.” This verbiage seems to suggest the new plans are coming in the very near future, but the communication is quick to point out that the launch date has yet to be determined. Unfortunately, since the new adjustments aren’t functional just yet, it could simply mean the company’s beginning the first wave of crucial internal testing. 

The internal memo shows that AT&T is tweaking their internal systems “in preparation for the launch of Shared Data.” Sadly, the internal memo doesn’t give an official launch date, but does hint that it is coming closer.

Verizon Wireless has also been rumored to launch a similar plan. Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo hinted towards the plan in May of 2011, a few months before AT&T said anything.

A shared data plan between the iPhone and iPad makes sense, especially with the release of the iPad 3 coming soon in a few weeks. Sadly, there won’t be a true unlimited plan for either Verizon nor AT&T.

Would you purchase a shared data plan?

  • Anonymous

    I guess it depends on how much they plan on f…ing me over for the data plan price.

  • I wonder how the grandfathered unlimited data plan will work with this shared plan. They will probably not allow it.

  • depends if it’s beneficial. I’m with an AT&T unlimited plan and I have been throttled for the last 3 months so I’m not getting my hopes up. It would be acceptable if both my devices share in the 5GB monthly limit without increasing the overall cost.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about sharing between iPhone and iPad but maybe share between all phones on same account.

    So instead of $25 each for 4 lines to have 2 gb maybe something like $80 for 8 gbs that we all share. Just give us some kind of break on the per line pricing.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about sharing between iPhone and iPad but maybe share between all phones on same account.

    So instead of $25 each for 4 lines to have 2 gb maybe something like $80 for 8 gbs that we all share. Just give us some kind of break on the per line pricing.

  • Anonymous

    I would wait for the LTE phones to come out and see how much data I use monthly. I am on unlimited for both the iphone and ipad. Together I use about 5Gb a month. When LTE comes out, I may find I use more than that due to the faster downloads. That doesn’t mean that I will be doing more video downloads, just that each web interaction goes faster so there are more web interactions per minute or hour.

  • If the shared plan allows for carry-over data as well, I would. Otherwise my wife and I will stick to our grandfathered unlimited plans.

  • Anonymous

    It would be nice if they just let you split the current allotment (say, 2GB) between both devices, as the user sees fit.