A recent post on Telstra's Exchange blog points to the telco planning to incorporate shared data plans into its range, which would let customers use a combined data allowance across several different devices.
The blog post doesn't elaborate on when Telstra will launch these plans, or whether it will charge a premium for the privilege.
Data sharing is a feature that customers have been wanting for some time, but it is something only a few telcos around the world have implemented.
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It's rare to share
Telstra will be the first telco in Australia to offer shared data plans, but not the first in the world, with telcos like Orange in France offering a shared option for some time.
Verizon in the U.S. offers shared plans too, with a single fee for the data and an extra "line rental" fee for each device added to the account. Each smartphone adds US$5 per month to the bill, each tablet is US$10 and a USB modem is an addition US$20 per month.
Demand for data services has never been higher, with Australian telco analyst Telesyte estimating there is in excess of 30-million data-enabled devices active in Australia -- a 133-percent market penetration.