If there is one thing I am hoping carriers do in 2012 it is proper shared data plans. It is starting to get ridiculous where I have three smartphones and a data card on a family plan and each one now has a separate data bucket. Each smartphone has 2GB and the data card has 5GB. It gets even worse if you want to tether to your BlackBerry where you are expected to pony up more money per phone to be able to use 4GBs with tethering. Once we moved off unlimited there is no reason at all that data from a tethered connection should be any different than a smartphone or a PlayBook over bridge. Better yet I want all of my gadgets like my camera and laptop to be able to use that same data bucket without more monthly fees.
We have been hearing that both Verizon and AT&T are working on shared data plans but so far we have seen diddly squat. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega just reconfirmed to AllThingsD this week that AT&T is still working on that “It just takes a little more time than we all would want it to take. But sometimes it’s better to make sure you take your time and get it right.”
What do you think? Are carriers just dragging their feet because they have not found a way to charge us even more for shared data plans?