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Plans start at $40/month per smartphone for unlimited voice/text plus $50 for shared data

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been talking up the idea of shared data family plans for months. Today, however, Verizon Wireless is finally taking the step of announcing its plans to the public.
Under the Share Everything Plan, owners of basic feature phones will pay a base "Monthly Line Access" rate of $30/month per device while smartphone users will pay $40/month per device. Adding USB wireless modems, notebooks, or netbooks will run you $20/month per device and adding a tablet will cost you just $10/month per device. From there, customers can add a minimum of 1GB of shared data between devices for an additional $50/month. The Share Everything Plan tops out at $100 for 10GB of shared data.
Under the Share Everything Plan, all lines have unlimited minutes and unlimited texting (standard/picture/video). So for a family that has three smartphones and wants to share 6GB of data, the total monthly service charges would be $200 ($40 access fee per smartphone and $80 for shared data) before any taxes and additional service charges.

"When developing these plans, we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan.  We also looked at the technology and how customers were using it to manage their lives.  And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future," Erwin added.  "Share Everything Plans are the outcome of that research.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.  Share Everything Plans represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service."  
The new Share Everything Plan from Verizon Wireless will be available starting June 28.

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Price Hike depending on use
By orgy08 on 6/12/2012 8:54:49 AM , Rating: 2
A share plan with 4 smartphone(700 mins and unlimited text), 2gb per phone is 8gb of data. Total cost, $240 plus tax.

Shared 8gb with unlimited talk and text, $250, a $10 hike. However, since tethering is included, it might save you some money by getting the 10gb share plan and tethering any laptops/tablets instead of paying for decide access (plus cheaper then the 3g versions of tablets).

RE: Price Hike depending on use
By mcnabney on 6/12/2012 10:01:25 AM , Rating: 1
You would also jump from four lines sharing 700 minutes to unlimited talk. Pretty big jump. If you would use it, make the change.

RE: Price Hike depending on use
By orgy08 on 6/12/2012 10:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
Except between our current 4 lines, we use no more then 200 minutes a month. So really, for $10 monthly hike, we get tethering on all our phones, which will make our tablets more useful on the road.

RE: Price Hike depending on use
By mcnabney on 6/12/2012 4:37:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. The new plan is great if you have use for unlimited voice/text. If you don't have those needs, it isn't that of a great unless you have lots of data devices and don't use a ton of data.

RE: Price Hike depending on use
By theapparition on 6/12/2012 10:44:53 AM , Rating: 2
Who say's tethering is included? I didn't see that listed anywhere.

I'd appreciate some clarification on that.

RE: Price Hike depending on use
By orgy08 on 6/12/2012 10:49:31 AM , Rating: 2
On their main page.

"Mobile Hotspot is included at no additional cost for capable smartphones and tablets. Turn your device into a personal mobile hotspot and share your connection and your plan's allowance with multiple WiFi-enabled devices"

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