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NetZero subscribers can share free data with Facebook friends

Subscribers to one of NetZero's 4G data plans can now hand out a healthy chunk of data each month via Facebook.

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Facebook friends can now share data with one other courtesy of a new promotion from NetZero.

The new 4G Data Share plan lets NetZero subscribers dole out 1GB of data each month to fellow subscribers on Facebook, with up to five friends getting 200MB a piece.

To partake in the promotion, you need to subscribe to any one of NetZero's five 4G mobile broadband plans, starting at 200MB for free and going up to 4GB for $49.95 a month.

You'll also need to buy NetZero's 4G USB stick or its 4G hotspot device. Both items are currently half off, with the USB stick selling for $24.98 and the hot spot device for $49.98. The hot spot lets up to eight different devices share the connection at the same time.

Signing up for the promotion through Facebook then kicks off the data share.

Each month, NetZero will give you 1GB of data for free to share with interested Facebook friends. A status update is posted to your Facebook wall, inviting friends to join the program and get their free 200MB slice.

Facebook users can get 200MB of data from up to five different people, reaching a total of 1GB for the month. The free data can then be transferred to their NetZero 4G accounts.

In return, you can score 1GB of free data though the generosity of five other Facebook friends who subscribe to the program.

"Through this program, Facebook's hundreds of millions of members will have the opportunity to give away a significant amount of free data to their friends, claim free data from other program members, and, if they become a NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband subscriber (even those who choose to sign up for our free service), use the data to access the Internet wirelessly anywhere within our network," NetZero Wireless president Rusty Taragan said in a statement.

The most challenging part of the plan may be finding 4G access from NetZero. The company offers a map on its Web site pinpointing its 4G coverage, which shows availability in just under 90 cities across the United States.