Price of wireless plans going up as carriers reshuffle their offerings

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POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 1:04pm

Millions of wireless customers are going to have to change some habits soon or otherwise be willing to pay more.

The price of chatting and sharing is going up.

Last week Verizon unveiled its plan where all services are bunched together for all your devices.

The "Share Everything Plan" includes unlimited voice and texting along with a single data allowance for up to ten Verizon Wireless devices.

"If you're a family and have a smart phone, you have a basic phone, you have a tablet, you can combine all that in and share the same bucket of minutes," explains Verizon's Karen Smith.

Sharing that bucket of minutes in one household, though, could get complicated, and pricey, if someone dips into your bucket for streaming videos or movies, or for time on Facebook and Twitter.

"All this stuff adds up and people don't know how much it actually uses, and that's where I think it gets some folks into trouble," warns CNET's Maggie Reardon.

Reardon says it's why people should watch their wireless usage like they watch their thermostats.

"It's the same kind of thing that people are going to have to learn with cellphone usage and data usage," she says.

She suggests customers install an app that not only monitors data usage, but shows how much other apps are using as well.

Reardon says you can also reconfigure your device to minimize data usage. 

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