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Verizon to ditch phone plans, go with shared plans

Verizon to ditch most phone plans, introduce plans 'shared' among family members, devices By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone company, says it's dropping nearly all of its phone plans in favor of a pricing scheme that lets consumers share data usage among up to ten phones and other devices.

In the biggest overhaul of wireless pricing in years 'and one that's likely to be copied by competitors' Verizon's new policies will let individuals combine non-phone devices like tablets and laptops, as well as phones of family members, into a single plan.

The change takes effect June 28. AT&T Inc. has already said it's looking at introducing shared-data plans soon.

Verizon's new "Share Everything" plans include unlimited phone calls and texting, and will start at $90 per month for one smartphone and 1 gigabyte of data.

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