By the end of the month, Verizon will offer new and upgrading customers "share everything plans" -- shared unlimited voice and text, and a tiered data "bucket."
It's designed for folks who want to put, say, two cell phones plus an ipad, etc. all on one plan. However, you'll pay for the convenience.
Just 1GB of data will cost you $50 with an additional cost for more (for instance, a 4GB plan would cost $70).
That doesn't sound bad till you get to the other charges. There will be a $40 per phone charge and the ipad I mentioned will add another $10.
So the scenario I described will be:
$80 for two phones
$10 for your ipad
$160 a month
Read more here: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405671,00.asp
For my part, I'm on a grandfathered unlimited data plan. My contract expires in September so I called Verizon and said I wanted to upgrade my phone early so I could not only move from 3G to 4G but also lock in a new 2 year contract with my grandfathered unlimited data and price. The lady said she needed to put me on hold so she could talk to her supervisor. In about 15 seconds she came back and said, "okay."
I was a bit stunned with the quick reply and had to think fast as to whether I really wanted to do it or not. Said "yes" and gave them the discounted, renewing-your-contract phone price and my new 4G phone is on it's way.
So, I've kicked the can down the road a couple of years for the cost of upgrading my trusty DroidX 3G to a Rzar Maxx 4G. Who knows what they'll be doing by then.