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Verizon Almost Ready To Let Families Share Data Plans For Mobile Devices

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As more and more families find themselves with smartphones, tablets, and data cards for PCs that can sometimes require separate bills, frustration grows. Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) will introduce a plan next year that lets people in that situation consolidate the bill for their devices into a single account, the company’s CEO said Wednesday.

Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Wireless’ parent company Verizon Communications, told attendees at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that the company is working on a way to streamline the bill-paying process as to accommodate the growing number of households with several data plans, according to Fierce Wireless. Unlike voice minutes, which can be pooled, data charges are usually billed per device and can’t be spread out as to let one family heavy that uses a lot of data snag a few megabytes from another family member that uses less.

This could allow Verizon to do some interesting promotions for smartphone/tablet combination purchases or incentives for current smartphone owners to add tablets to their plans. Obviously pricing will be key, as well as policies on overages, but it’s an interesting idea that other carriers are exploring as well and could help accelerate even further the adoption of mobile technology within families.