Some users are asking why certain devices have unlimited data features (on a single device) while others are paying roughly $10 per GB of monthly data.
Here's my proposal: All data device users should be treated equally. (HTC Thunderbolt users may need some temporary perks - like extra batteries ). Data is data - we should pay for amount and speed of data delivery. Since PCs with modems or MiFi's , or 3G/4G smartphones with wi-fi are converging in their functions , I believe it would be easier if someone with a tetherable device (smartphone, PC, netbook, etc) could share his data bucket with other devices.
Clearly, sharing "unlimited" is not a feasible biz option for Verizon. It's got to be a fixed amount of data. I think the lowest tier should be just $10 for 1GB of monthly data (and $10 per add'l 1GB) - shareable across any number of devices. The technical issues are not that great. - not much different than "family plans" with shareable minutes, etc.
I would not call them "family data plans". I have a feature phone, a 3G smartphone, a small biz notebook (not a netbook) , and a desktop. So, let's come up with a nice name for this kind of "fair data" plan. If this kind of thing was available, I may even consider a 4G smartphone one of these days. For now, I'm sticking with my 4G USB modem with free PC software based tethering.
Comments, and other proposals, welcome
You may want to do a search of the Communty for this. The subject has been discussed greatly in the past. VZW tested just what you want late last year/early this year. The opportunity to get in has passed. But VZW I am sure is seeing how it hots the financials and maybe, just maybe it will be opened to the masses.