I went to the Verizon website to look at USB sticks and Mifi devices. Picked one and then went to plans. Okay the device itself is $20 a month. They have "Shared" plans that start at 4gb for $30 and go up to 20gb's for $110. Now that's better then the phone plans. But it's "Shared". Can you get a usb stick or mifi device account set up and then add a phone and share from the mifi account? That would be a phone $40, mifi device, $20 and say 4gb's of data $30, that's the same as a phone with 1gb of data. Or just get a Mifi device and buy a phone and use a VOIP service.