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Verizon Finally Reveals Share Everything Plans

On Thursday Verizon Wireless finally announced its shared data plans after nearly a year of rumor, speculation and leaked info (and eventually confirmation from Verizon itself). Called Share Everything, customers will pay a set price for shared minutes, messages and data, and pay a set fee for each added device up to ten including smartphones, basic phones, notebooks, netbooks, tablets and more.

As an example, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts, and then choose the appropriate plan. Verizon will offer six different Share Everything tiers: 1 GB for $50 per month, 2 GB for $60, 4 GB for $70, 6 GB for $80, 8 GB for $90, and 10 GB for $100. All six tiers will include unlimited shared minutes and unlimited shared messages.

Customers adding an additional device can do so for an added fee, with no long-term contract requirement. Pricing will be $40 for a smartphone, $30 for a basic phone, $20 for Jetpack/USBs/Notebooks/Netbooks, and $10 for tablets. That way, customers can add and remove devices when needed without having to pay for early termination fees.

To help customers determine what's the best plan for their household, Verizon has provided a tool on the Share Everything website. It asks customers to determine the amount of minutes they use per month, the number of messages, and a rough estimate of their monthly data consumption. It also asks how many devices customers use (broken down by smartphone, basic phone, tablet and Jetpack/USB modems), and then offers a recommendation.

Based on the tool, a household using three smartphones, two tablets, up to 1500 minutes, up to 2000 messages and between 5 to 10 GB of data requires the Unlimited Talk & Text plan with 10 GB of shared data for $240 per month. Throw in another smartphone, and it jumps up to $280 per month. Of course, that doesn't include taxes and other numerous charges Verizon likes to throw into the bill to earn an extra buck.

"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," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future. 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."

Verizon said there are also separate plans for accounts with only basic phones, or data only devices such as USB modems or Jetpack Mobile Hotspots. Current customers are free to keep their existing plans, but there is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans.

The new Share Everything Plans debut on June 28 and will be available to new and existing customers.