News Summary: AT&T announces shared-data plans
NEW PLANS: AT&T Inc. will introduce wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to 10 devices. Connected phones get unlimited calling and texting, and all devices share a limited pool of monthly data usage.
COMPARISON: Verizon introduced its ‘‘Share Everything’’ plans on June 28, replacing nearly all of its traditional phone plans. AT&T says its ‘‘Mobile Share’’ plans will debut in late August, but it is keeping its current individual and family plans.
THE BIG PICTURE: The plans are intended to stimulate the adoption of non-phone devices such as tablet computers and USB modems for laptops by making monthly service cheaper.