Verizon’s Getting Ready To Let Your iPad And iPhone Share The Same Data Plan

Verizon’s Getting Ready To Let Your iPad And iPhone Share The Same Data Plan

If you think about it, it’s pretty convoluted having a separate data plan for both your iPhone and iPad when you could just pay your carrier a lump sum and share a data allowance between the two. Verizon and AT&T certainly think so: they said as far back as June last year that they were investigating shared data plans.

Now, just a couple months before the iPad 3 is expected to debut, Engadget has gotten a tip that suggests that Verizon is getting ready to roll out shared data plans sometimes soon, allowing one account holder to share a data pool between multiple devices for just a $9.99 fee.

Not only would this suggest that Verizon might be looking into allowing a single user to share a data plan between his iPhone and iPad for less money overall, it also implies a new family data plan where family members can pool their data may also be incoming soon. Either way, good news for Verizon subscribers… and what Verizon does, AT&T will likely do next.

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  • Eric Barbosa

    then id definitely switch from an ATT iPad to a verizon since i have unlimited data on my iPhone! :D instead of paying 30$ for unlimited on my iPad(ATT) and 30$ for unlimited on my iPhone(VZW), save 20$ every month :)

  • Ranjit Bhaskar

    You’ll need to buy a new iPad to be compatible with Verizon!

  • Srose428

    This sucks seeing as I have a Unlimited AT&T data account for my iPhone and a Verizon 3g iPad 2…or maybe just a great reason to buy an iPad 3 (if I can get the AT&T version)

  • Brandon Dillon

    I figured that they would charge a fee for this. It really pisses me off that they limit you on how you can use the data you pay for. You can’t tether or FaceTime over 3G (the only 2 reasons why I jailbroke my iPhone), and you have to buy data separately for an iPad, which I may or may not need data for. Verizon used to have pretty bad customer service back in the day and didn’t have a good reputation, but to me, they have definitely earned my respect back. Now AT&T has a reputation of nothing but bad experiences, high prices, and sneaking charges in on customers.

    AT&T should at least wine and dine you before they fuck you in the ass. At least make you feel pretty.

  • Shane Bryson

    You have got to be kidding me. I was on Verizon for years and left because their customer service was HORRIBLE. I have been on At&t for the last two years and have gotten amazing customer service.

  • Shane Bryson

    I am betting you won’t get to keep your unlimited data once you switch to this data plan model.

  • Shane Bryson

    And you don’t have a Verizon iPad? I think you misread the entire article. 

  • Brandon Dillon

    This is just a reflection of their service with my family, friends, and myself. There’s obviously exceptions, otherwise they wouldn’t be around. I’m not kidding when I say that every single month I was using an iPhone with AT&T, I would have extra charges tacked on to my bill. I had over a year left on contract with myself and the others on my family plan, and AT&T canceled them all after hearing my experience with them, along with all my bills with highlighted mistakes on each one. They knew that they could have been taken to court over it or at least the BBB on them.

  • Frank Lowney

    This is only sensible and good business.  Why has it taken this long?  Many people restrict their usage for the lack of this accommodation.  Dumb to leave money on the table.

  • Jdsonice

    I completely agree with you. Verizon customer service sucks and to top it all their service is no better than anyone else. Certainly AT&T has better data service than Verizon.

  • Jdsonice

    I have to assume that those of us with the unlimited data plan will not be given this opportunity. Sigh!

  • James Taylor

    I haven’t visited this website for a month because of the daily android articles. It looks like they are gone now! As long as they are gone, I’ll keep visiting!

  • Noah Minton

    Finally, the next move should be to not charge people for tethering with their capped data plans.

  • Jordan Clay

    I have a WiFi only iPad,  I want the ability to tether to JUST my iPad.   I would pay a little more for that.  but $120 a year + $120 extra  for the 3g iPad is just too much

  • Jordan Clay

    Really…that is funny, nobody ever forced me to read them.

  • Jordan Clay

    I had GREAT service with Verizon, then the iPhone 3g came out and I ditched my BB and switched to AT&T first day….been screwed over ever since.   But I think they are  about equal in how poorly they treat customers now

  • ErikU

    I’m guessing the iPad 3 will be a “world” device just like the iPhone 4s

  • Brent Biglow

    I live in Canada, and I’ve had a shared data plan for a while between my iPhone and iPad. I assumed every carrier, especially the more advanced American ones would have this. Seems a little strange, no?

  • Brent Biglow

    Leander used to show up my house and start trashing the place until I read the article.

  • Brandon Dillon

    Also, the unlimited Verizon data for $30 a month glitch is still working, for me at least.

  • Brandon Dillon

    lol this guy

  • FriarNurgle

    Ditto. I had nothing but trouble anytime I had to call Verizon. You have to explain the issue to 5 different people after being transferred 15 times only to have to call back during business hours. I was finally so fed up I cancelled ALL my Verizon services. Sure they may have great cell coverage, but that’s it. 

  • Daniel Harris

    They lost me at $10 fee. I would switch to Verizon for this otherwise. Data is data. Does your isp charge you a $10 fee to have more than one computer in your house connected to the internet? Effing carriers and their fees.

  • Mike Rathjen

    ISPs used to do that, actually. The whole idea seems quaint now.

  • Mike Rathjen

    That still means you’ll need a new iPad.

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