It's a data-rich world and the wireless companies want you to live in it. But they also want you to play by a new set of rules.
Verizon Wireless is the first major carrier to take the plunge. The company says it's ditching nearly all its existing phone contracts and replacing them with plans that encourage customers to connect their non-phone devices, such as iPads, to the Verizon network.
Verizon's "Share Everything" plans will become available June 28. They include unlimited phone calls and texts and will start at $90 per month for one smartphone and 1 gigabyte of data. Adding a tablet will cost an extra $10 per month. Adding a USB data stick for a laptop will cost $20.
This will probably be attractive for many people. It will allow multiple devices on a single contract, with incremental price increases based on data usage.