We’ve talked about this before and heard rumors that Verizon is planning to release shared data plans for smartphones and tablets. More important shared family data plans so customers can pay one fee regarding data for the entire family and all of their devices. Latest reports suggested a mid-2012 release of such plans but this screenshots leads us to believe they are coming sooner than expected.

According to a leaked screenshot from PhoneArena Verizon is close to launching the service and will have a shared family data plan calculator for users and more. The plan of shared data has been discussed in the past last year, and even confirmed a few times but this is making it all look legit, and on the way in the next month or so. I like seeing the bar go to 30GB and beyond. Especially with larger HD screens and 4G LTE speeds sucking data.

The picture above matches some of Verizon’s current calculators although is obviously geared towards shared family data plans. It will help users and family select the right plan to fit their needs. No pricing or other details were tipped but we can assure you this is coming — it’s just a matter of when. Things are looking near the final stages at Verizon and hopefully they have good rates, and some incentives such as hardware discounts to make us sign on to the plan.