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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: My thoughts
By wempa on 6/12/2012 1:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what I was thinking. Starting 1GB at $50 ??? If 2GB for a single device is $30, that's $15 per GB. So, it's more than 3 times that cost just to share it. WTF ???

RE: My thoughts
By Trisped on 6/12/2012 1:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
But you get 10GB for $100, which is $10/GB.
That would mean there is a break even point, plus you get the benefit of shared data between phones.

I was hoping when these plans came out I would be able to downgrade my contract. I use about 20 minutes a month, and about 40 texts. This plan is obviously not for me, or my friends/family.

RE: My thoughts
By mcnabney on 6/12/2012 1:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
About the only way for this not to be a good deal is if you have two smartphones and you currently have no text plans and have the lowest number of minutes. You would end up paying more and getting unlimited voice and text which you might not use. If you already talk and text a lot this is an excellent deal.

Oh, and if you are using 15GB a month and you still have an unlimited plan. Cling to that if you want, but device replacement will be expensive.

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