Let’s say you have a smartphone on Verizon with a standard contract, which includes texts, calls, and data. Now let’s say you wanted to buy a 4G Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 from Verizon. You could pay full price and go month to month with a data plan, or get the subsidized price and sign another contract with Verizon, effectively giving you two plans. Either way, you are paying two bills.
That’s what Verizon is trying to change with its new “Share Everything” Plan that provides customers a bucket of data for up to 10 separate devices, including smartphones, tablets, and MiFis. The plans start with unlimited text and talk, and shared data allowances beginning at $50 for 1GB, and ranging up to $100 for 10GB. Verizon will also charge per device on the shared plan, with smartphones costing $40 per month, and tablets costing $10. Jetpacks (MiFi), notebooks, netbooks cost $20 per, and feature phones are $30.
The monthly bill is determined by the monthly rate of the devices plus the data plan. So, a 4GB plan with a smartphone and a tablet sharing data will cost $120 before taxes and fees ($40 for the smartphone, $10 for the tablet, and $70 for 4GB of data, with room for 8 more devices), and have unlimited talk minutes and texts. In addition, every device on the Share Everything Plan includes free mobile hot spot service.
AT&T may soon offer a similar rate plan, and it may serve as a boon for subsidized tablet purchases. The Verizon Share Everything Plan will be available June 28.