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Verizon shared plans to connect 10 devices, cap data at 10GB

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Tue June 12, 2012

Shared data plans include unlimited voice minutes and messages

Verizon Wireless has detailed its forthcoming shared plans that were alluded to in recent comments. The Share Everything plan will enable up to 10 Verizon devices to share unlimited voice minutes and SMS/MMS messages, with a single data allowance between all handsets. Provision for mobile hotspot functionality are also included, though tablets are included at an extra charge.

The new plans outline a range of prices depending on the type of device; each smartphone and basic handset included in the plan costs $40 or $30, respectively, regardless of the data plan tier. Notebooks, USB dongles and other data-only devices can be added for $20, while tablets cost $10 per month.

The tiers for the price plan all contain unlimited shared minutes and messages, differing only by the total amount of allocated data. The lowest monthly plan supplies just 1GB of data for $50, while the top tier bumps the allowance up to 10GB for $100.

Vice president and chief marketing officer Tami Erwin called the shared price plans an "industry first" that "represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service."

The Share Everything plans will be on sale for new and existing Verizon Wireless customers as of June 28. Many Verizon customers still have individual plans with unlimited data, however those customers will be forced to adopt a data share plan as they transition from 3G to 4G devices.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Mar 2009

    +7

    expensive

    I plan contains 4 iPhones and 1 old phone so I'm looking at (4 x $40) + $30 = $190, then add another $50-$100 for shared data = $240-$290. Add an iPad for another $10 and I'm at a minimum of $250. This is no different than what I'm paying now (AT&T) and combined, our data plans are near the 10GB level. I was hoping shared data would reduce the costs but at the moment it doesn't look that way.

  1. dozx

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +9

    Verizon = Rip off

    These crooks just don't stop! I don't care how good they think their network is, its not worth this! My question is why do people keep coming back to these crooks? This is getting out of hand now! No more........ there are other options......... Tracfone, Straight Talk, Net10, Boost, Virgin, Cricket........ h***, I would rather totally give up my cell phone then line the pockets of these crooks. Even an iPod Touch is starting to look like a better option, especially with VOIP, and iMessage, and FaceTime available. We need to put out collective foot down and say enough is enough, and back it up with real action!

  1. jdonahoe

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2006

    +5

    Verizon better wise up

    Our family plan has 1 iPhone and 2 basic phones with 700 minutes shared and with our discount (~$18) on the plan and data, We don't text and we never use more than 300 minutes each month. I'm looking at $105/month with taxes and fees. I was planning to upgrade my wife's phone to an iPhone and that would have increased the bill on the old plan to $135. If we have to go to the new pricing plan, we're looking at $110 just for the phones (2 data + 1 basic) plus $70 for 4GB data, $180. Add in taxes and fees - lower discounts (probably $8) and I'm paying at least $37 more. Even if she stayed the same, I lose my unlimited data and wind up paying $152 (40+30+30+60(2GB)-8). That would be $47 more than I'm paying now, just to stay with Verizon.

    How short sided can Verizon be to initiate this plan on small families? We will probably be looking at alternative providers in a year. I can't see a lot of customers being happy about this.

  1. driven

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    Joined: May 2001

    +1

    Verizon

    For all of those who screamed they wanted Verizon: Be careful what you wish for.

    Also: Thanks Verizon for not letting me use data and voice at the same time. Sort of screws up my GPS app when I need to call someone while driving.

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