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  (Source: technobuffalo.com)
Plans start at $40/month per smartphone for unlimited voice/text plus $50 for shared data

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been talking up the idea of shared data family plans for months. Today, however, Verizon Wireless is finally taking the step of announcing its plans to the public.
 
Under the Share Everything Plan, owners of basic feature phones will pay a base "Monthly Line Access" rate of $30/month per device while smartphone users will pay $40/month per device. Adding USB wireless modems, notebooks, or netbooks will run you $20/month per device and adding a tablet will cost you just $10/month per device. From there, customers can add a minimum of 1GB of shared data between devices for an additional $50/month. The Share Everything Plan tops out at $100 for 10GB of shared data.
 
Under the Share Everything Plan, all lines have unlimited minutes and unlimited texting (standard/picture/video). So for a family that has three smartphones and wants to share 6GB of data, the total monthly service charges would be $200 ($40 access fee per smartphone and $80 for shared data) before any taxes and additional service charges.

 
"When developing these plans, we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan.  We also looked at the technology and how customers were using it to manage their lives.  And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future," Erwin added.  "Share Everything Plans are the outcome of that research.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.  Share Everything Plans represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service."  
 
The new Share Everything Plan from Verizon Wireless will be available starting June 28.


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RE: Can someone please explain this to me
By mcnabney on 6/12/2012 9:51:10 AM , Rating: 2
It is WAY cheaper.
For example - lets take an account with 3 smartphones (all with unlimited voice, 2GB data, and a $10 text feature) and a single tablet (with a 3GB data plan).

Right now the cost of that before taxes and discounts is $305/mo.
The new plan provides all of the same voice, moves to unlimited text, and gets 1 extra GB for only $230. That is a pretty decent savings - about $75/mo. Plus, data overages are less likely since it is pooled.

The biggest savings involve having more smartphones and tablets. Although three feature phones with unlimited talk and text will only be $90. That is a big savings too.


RE: Can someone please explain this to me
By cknobman on 6/12/2012 10:43:41 AM , Rating: 3
The way I figured it:
4 smartphones @ $40 = $160 +
1 10GB Shared data @ $100 = 260 pre taxes and "fees".

Currently I am on Sprint with unlimited data & 4 Android smartphones. Final bill after all taxes and "fees" $210.

Thanks Verizon for making it clear there is absolutely no reason to switch to your services.

FYI I live in an area with 4G and will be a "first" market for LTE in less than 2 months so while Verizon may be "faster" it isnt fast enough to justify that price.


By cigar3tte on 6/12/2012 11:40:52 AM , Rating: 2
These prices are for comparing with current Verizon plans, not for vs Sprint or T-Mobile. Verizon will never be cheaper than Sprint or T-Mobile. Verizon works almost everywhere for me, and T-Mobile didn't. It's the customers' choice whether they want to pay more for better connectivity.


RE: Can someone please explain this to me
By Labotomizer on 6/12/2012 12:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
You need to factor in the tethering fee at $30/month. Perhaps you don't pay that now but it's still a service you're getting on Verizon with this plan. So that's another $120/month. Who would be "cheaper" now?


RE: Can someone please explain this to me
By cknobman on 6/12/2012 12:33:57 PM , Rating: 3
Oh I factor in tethering alright. Since I have Android phones a simple app enables "tethering" for free.

And Sprints unlimited really is unlimited. During Grand Slams I stream tennis via 4g all week and they never say a thing. I used 5GB on my line alone for 1 week during the French Open.


RE: Can someone please explain this to me
By mcnabney on 6/12/2012 1:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, it is Sprint.

Their network is horribly overloaded now. Their Wimax can't even beat their competitor's 3G in most metros now. Seriously, unless price is your #1, #2, and #3 concern, stay away from them. Sprint has lost billions every quarter for about six years. They don't even own/operate their network anymore - Ericsson does. I would really be surprised if Sprint doesn't go under by this time next year. They committed to buying untold billions of dollars in iPhones, but they won't have an LTE network to sell along with it when iPhone5 comes out this fall.


By Black1969ta on 6/13/2012 3:26:36 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint is turning on LTE for several markets this summer, Kansas City being one of them. Sprint is leasing the Verizon network in many markets.


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