Many customers have both an iPhone and an iPad 3G that they use on the same network. This requires users to pay for separate data plans, but according to a leaked training manual this could soon change on the nation’s largest carrier, Verizon.

According to Engadget, who leaked the flier, users will only have to pay a single $9.99 a month fee for one load of data that can be shared between both the iPhone and iPad. In May of 2011, Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo hinted towards this rolling out, but offered no time frame…

I think it’s safe to assume that at some point you are going to have mega-plans (for data) and people are going to share that mega-plan based on the number of devices within their family. That’s just a logical progression.

Besides sharing data between iPhone and iPad, this could also be used as a family plan where data could be shared within the family. No launch date has been given, but sometime this Spring sounds about right.

AT&T, the carrier with the largest amount of iOS device users, has also been rumored to take similar steps. As the iPad 3 launch nears sometime this Spring, this type of plan makes sense for both carriers.

Would you purchase a shared data plan?

  • I would love to have that on AT&T but would I finally have to give up my unlimited data?

  • A family shared data plan is exactly what I need.

    Right now I’m the only on in my family of 5 with a smartphone, so I pay my $25/month extra for my 2GB data plan. The rest of my family stay away from smart phones because they don’t see the need for one/don’t care. If we could get something like 5GB shared data plan between all 5 lines for $50/month that would be awesome!

  • Orange uk already give this option ..iPhone/iPad same data plan..

  • I would defiantly like this. I am getting sick of paying way to much for data I dont use.

  • Anonymous

    If AT&T signs up I’d be the first in line

  • Anonymous

    I hope so…. This is brilliant – and if AT&T doesn’t follow, then I can certainly see myself moving our family over to Verizon!!!

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t help me… My iPhone is on AT&T, and my iPad is on Verizon… LOL

  • it’s 12gb of data, 500 smses, 100 outgoing mins chargeable by per sec blocks, free incoming calls…..most basic of iphone plans here…..tethering has no issue……microsim bought for ipad has no contract……..i think the US mkt got to be a whole lot more competitive……