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Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless  (Source: phonedog.com)
The shared, pooled, or family data plans would allow multiple users to share one batch of data for various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and USB modems for laptops

Verizon Wireless has announced that it will offer family data plans for wireless users with various devices as soon as 2012.

Currently, users are allowed to share voice minutes across multiple phones and users through family plans, but data usage is charged on a device-by-device basis. According to Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications CEO, Verizon wants to change this by offering one data plan for multiple devices.

The shared, pooled, or family data plans would allow multiple users to share one batch of data for various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and USB modems for laptops.

Verizon Wireless didn't specify how the plans would work, but pointed out that they may be available as soon as 2012.

"I think in 2012 we will see it," said McAdam. "We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal."

In other Verizon-related news, McAdam discussed both the $3.6 billion deal to buy SpectrumCo's AWS spectrum licenses as well as Verizon's mobile payment venture Isis, which it shares with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Verizon is puchasing the spectrum licenses in order to allow Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks to resell Verizon's services and vice versa. According to McAdam, the idea behind the deal is to increase Verizon's LTE capacity. Oddly enough, Verizon Communications, the sister company of Verizon Wireless, just announced that it's planning a video streaming service that will rival traditional cable TV services.

As far as Isis goes, McAdam says it's expected to hit the market in late 2012.

Sources: PCMag, Fierce Wireless





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