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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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By kamk44 on 6/12/2012 4:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
My current cost (excluding taxes etc) for 5 basic phones, 700 minutes (use less), no text or data is:

70 for 1st phone + $10 each for 4 additional = $110
(would be $30x5 = $150 under the new pricing)

My wife wants a smart phone. Under current pricing 2GB of data = $30. I would probably get one too and the other phones would stay basic (for our parents). That means:

$70+$30 for 1st phone + $10+$30 for 2nd phone + $10x3 for the basic phones = $170
New pricing: $40x2 + $30x3 = $170 just for the phones...then $70 for 4GB of data = $240

That is an increase of over 40%!!! They are charging too much per phone plus uping the data costs. Our phones are not eligible for an upgrade until after 6/28. I've been with Verizon since the old Bell Atlantic Mobile days but I certainly don't want to pay almost a grand more per year. I'll have to check out other carriers.

By mcnabney on 6/12/2012 4:40:46 PM , Rating: 2
The new plans aren't required. You can stick to your old one if you want.

The only real change is that starting 6/28 - if you buy subsidized equipment you can't stay on an old unlimited plan. They make you move to metered or shared data.

By kamk44 on 6/13/2012 4:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
Read my post. I want to switch two phones to smartphones. If I do so then they will put me on the new pricing scam unless I pay full price for the phones (not sure even then if I can keep my current plan since I would need to modify it by adding data plans). Either way I am hosed.

By kamk44 on 6/13/2012 4:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yesterday I read an article on another site (apparently not as good) that said you will not be able to keep your "current plan" and get a subsidized phone. I guess it should have been "current unlimited plan." so I should be okay. I still think the new pricing sucks and is an obvious money grab by Verizon against current unlimited and new customers.

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