Verizon has just announced the first ever data-share cell phone plans, meaning that end of the phone we predicted a couple weeks ago just got closer. After a prescient prediction from AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson that cell phone companies would soon enough offer data only plans, Verizon Wireless has put out the first iteration of these voice-light plans, reports AllThingsD's Ina Fried. "The plans, known as 'Share Everything,' allow users an unlimited number of calls and texts and also allow data usage to be pooled among up to 10 devices on one account," she writes. Don't let the unlimited voice offer fool you, this is step one to a voice-less world. And, as we explained the other day, without the audio part, we can't really call a phone a phone.
The new plans, which will go into effect at the end of this month, will be the only option for new customers. Rather than offer a price for talking, another for texting and another for data, the new set-up will charge per device and data. Fried explains: "The per-device charges range from $40 for each smartphone to $10 for a tablet, while the data portion ranges from $50 for 1GB to $100 for 10GB," she writes.