Verizon Wireless revealed it’s much speculated shared data plan pricing today after months of speculation about the plans structure.
Verizon’s new share plans officially named “Share Everything” will officially launch on June 28 and will include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon devices. In addition, the carrier’s Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge.
With rumors of AT&T also working on it’s own shared data plans. Verizon is trying to sweeten the pot by offering the new Share Everything Plans without any plan change fees or contract extension.
The plans will be broken down in two ways. First, customers pay a monthly fee for each device on the account: smartphones cost $40 per device, basic features phones cost $30, USB modems, Jetpack mobile hotspots and netbooks cost $20 and tablets cost $10, and can be added on a no-contract basis. Then, customers choose how much data they want to share. The data options break down as follows on a per month basis:
Currently, if you are a Verizon Wireless customer and want to have several data plans, each device requires its own separate data plan. Under those plans, Verizon charges $30 per month for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB and $80 for 10 GB.
So, for example, a family of three with three postpaid smartphones would pay at least $30 each for 2 GB of data for each line, for a total cost among the three customers of $90 for 6 GB. Adding unlimited calling would add an additional $170 per month and adding unlimited messaging would cost an additional $30 per month for a grand total of $290.
Under the new plans, each smartphone would cost $40 per month ($120 for three) and 6 GB of data would run $80, for a total cost of $200 per month. The plans produce more savings as more devices like tablets are also added to the mix. Additionally, families where some members use much more data than others are also likely to benefit.
Now if you are looking for t-mobile to also jump on the bandwagon, you may be disappointed. T-Mobile just did a refresh of their data plan with a lot of emphasis on prepaid data plan. There is no reports of shared data plan coming the T-Mobile camp.
For more info on the new Share Everything Plans, check out Verizon’s press release and video below.
VERIZON WIRELESS UNVEILS NEW SHARE EVERYTHING PLANS FOR BASIC PHONES, SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND MORE
Share Data with up to 10 Verizon Wireless Devices; Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Messages and Mobile Hotspot Included in All Smartphone Plans
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced Share Everything Plans that will forever change the way customers purchase wireless services. Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices. In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge. The groundbreaking Share Everything Plans debut on June 28 and will be available to new, as well as existing, customers who may wish to move to the new plans.
“Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service. They are simple; customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are unlimited. Share Everything Plans are convenient; customers purchase one data plan and they share it with up to 10 mobile devices. And, they are worry-free; customers can connect their 3G or 4G devices wherever and whenever they want on America’s most reliable network.”
How Share Everything Plans Work
To get started on a Share Everything Plan, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts. The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50. Customers adding a tablet on their Share Everything Plans can do so for an additional $10, with no long-term contract requirement. The following matrix shows pricing for an account with several different devices, such as a smartphone, a tablet and a basic phone, billed to the same individual.
“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.”
Switch to a Share Everything Plan
Customers are free to keep their existing plans, but there is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans. To help customers determine the best Share Everything Plan option, Verizon Wireless has created an easy to use online tool atwww.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything
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