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Mobile Data Sharing Explained 

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When it comes to relationships, there are plenty of big steps that can be taken. The biggest of them all after dropping the love bomb, moving in combing finances and getting engaged is without question the decision to share mobile data. Deciding to share your data with your better half is a big deal. You have trust your significant other won’t burn through your entire limit bingeing on Netflix on their way to work. You also have to respect their share of the data plan and you have to be forgiving if someone inevitably goes over the cap.

But how exactly does data sharing work?

Shared plans are fairly simple to understand. Both plans are combined on to a single bill. For example, if you and your partner have 15GB of data each, your bill gets combined and you get 30GB to share between you. It may not always end up in cost savings but sharing a data plan provides for more flexibility with how you reach you data limit in a way that is “just right” whilst also enabling you to avoid excess fees.

Combining plans onto a single bill

If your partner for example does not end up using their entire limit you will be entitled to use that unused data at no extra cost. Most Australian mobile carriers offer data sharing plans and have similar approaches to how they are designed. Generally speaking, a data pool is created from the individual allowances of everyone on post paid plans with a single bill.

Pooling data

There is no limit to the number of individual plans that can be added. All data can be pooled from those plans and you can opt to purchase or lease a new phone. You can also choose between SIM-only plans, tablet plans and mobile broadband plans. Some telecoms companies prefer to limit the number of post-paid plans that can be pooled for sharing purposes on to a single bill.

Gifting data

If your relationship is not yet at the stage where you are comfortable sharing data, some telecoms companies allow you to gift data instead. Rather than sharing allowances, customers are able to send their unused data on to anyone they care about. Obviously, the person you are gifting data to needs to be on the same network, and if that does happen to be the case, then it is certainly a great way to show someone you care.