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Verizon is Making Changes to Plans on June 26, Family Data Sharing a Possibility? (Updated)

We’re not exactly sure what Verizon has planned for June 26, but we’ve been told that it has to do with new plans that could eventually lead to shared family data packages.  We first heard about family data buckets back in May, so this wouldn’t be completely surprising, although it seems a little sooner than we had originally thought.  The idea here is that family plans already allow additional lines to pull from a main line’s bucket of minutes, and doing the same with data only makes sense.  As you can see from the screenshot above, this new data screen shows the option to “Share Data”, but also shows a “Family Share” tab which is where we are drawing these conclusions from.

We should note that there have been no indications that tiered plans are imminent and likely won’t be involved on the 26th, but it sure would be a lot easier for Verizon to sell them if they also offer new family data packages.  And June 26 could come and go and we might not hear a word on any of this, since it almost appears to be just backend stuff.  What you will want to look out for though, is the time after the 26th which could involve announcements on the future of Big Red plan structuring.

Update:  We’re hearing that you may not see any major changes including family shared data until after the 4G LTE hotspot promo ends on July 7th.

And hopefully that wasn’t too confusing, but we wanted to make sure to keep you all in the loop on this stuff.  We know that tiers and data are always a hot topic.

*Note – IGNORE the numbers in that screenshot.  The only thing we are trying to point out is the stuff we’ve highlighted in green boxes.

Cheers ___ and ___!

  • http://www.juicerx.com/ steroids online

    ‘d be more than happy to pay on a per MB basis… assuming I can use
    those MB anyway I like; It pisses me off that I would have to pay extra
    to tether a laptop to my phone when i have 5 “unlimited” data
    phone lines on my contract (One of the lines is a dumb phone, but buying
    data for it saved me a few bucks overal

  • jhazard333

    no, i work for verizon and i guarantee the only thing that is changing for the family share plans is the way it’s viewed in our system and the customers bill. you will see one main charge like 50 bucks and the primary line and secondary line will both be 9.99 instead of the primary being 59.99 so that way you’re still sharing the minutes but if the primary gets suspended or something like that it doesn’t make it so the secondary lines end up in an orphan situation and have no mins to even get. other than that there’s more confusion on my part cause i have to explain this shit to stupid customers that are completely arrogant and ignorant. anyways, have fun with your shitting verizon plans, cheers!

    • Nich0le0

      No. They are going to be offering bucket data plans. They’re still in the process of deciding how much they should charge and the minimum GB required to enter the data share plan. It will be 2Gb, 3GB, or 5GB minimum. And, each device you add, will be either an additional $10 or $20. It will allow you to share data with other phones but also with the iPads, net books, etc. I was part a group surveyed today to give my opinion on which plan looked most desirable to me.

      I chose a family plan for 2 phones with 2000 minutes and 2 Verizon iPads sharing 2GB of data paying $10 for each additional device. It was $199 for everything.

  • Dspomer

    For what it’s worth: Am in a similar boat of upgrade eligible but do not like any of the current phones…waiting for Bionic. Posed 7/7/11 rumored release date to Indy area VZ store agent who looked in store’s computer and said Bionic release now looks like November time frame. What a bunch of BS! Am fast concluding I do not need internet access anywhere/everywhere I go for ~$400/year-in addition to calling/text plans-much less more if VZ moves to the tiered data pricing structure being reported.

  • Korby VanValkenburg

    If Big Red is going to charge by data usage like this they definitely shouldn’t be charging us more if we want to tether that data. Ridiculous!

  • Pistonsfan82

    Didn’t any of you at the bottom where they mention ignore the numbers  meaning that this is not for cell phones but it is for other Mobile Broadband devices. But I bet that family data shared plans are on the way though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Rife/665329365 Ryan Rife

    I’ve got a pretty sweet deal going on where I’m paying $19.95 per line for “unlimited” data and get 20% off as well, but if you look at the actual data usage, each line is around 1GB of usage, so I’m probably still over paying…..I wish they would get rid of the data packages and just say it’s $10/GB, and let you use it as you wish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Rife/665329365 Ryan Rife

    I’ve got a pretty sweet deal going on where I’m paying $19.95 per line for “unlimited” data and get 20% off as well, but if you look at the actual data usage, each line is around 1GB of usage, so I’m probably still over paying…..I wish they would get rid of the data packages and just say it’s $10/GB, and let you use it as you wish.

  • Anonymous

    so will you be able to share between a smartphone and a tablet?

  • travis n0

    I’d be more than happy to pay on a per MB basis…  assuming I can use those MB anyway I like; It pisses me off that I would have to pay extra to tether a laptop to my phone when i have 5 “unlimited” data phone lines on my contract (One of the lines is a dumb phone, but buying data for it saved me a few bucks overall :/ ).  

    Verizon…  PLEASE sell me a bucket of data and let me use it on ANY device I want!

  • Gfacekilla

    I currently have in my possession a droid2, droid X and a xoom. Only 2 are active now however if and when this becomes a reality it will be a good day for all… 

  • Guest

    Looks photoshopped to me.  That is our current screen for the most part.  The single tab is single voice plans, the family share tab is family voice plans and the data tab is all the data plans, which is what is shown on the screen shot.  I don’t think it’s family data plans.  Someone has just gotten creative.

  • Anonymous

    Nazzi says whatever will be done will be done. You’ll either like it and move on or leave.

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  • Guest

    This looks fake….I work at verizon and first of all under single line its showing mobile broadband data packages and not showing single line plans….2nd of all I took a test on the changes being made on the 26th and it doesn’t have anything to do with the data packages….but the changes are setting up for family data in the future!

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for a family data plan if it allows me enough data to cover the average data our two current plans have been using, along with room to accommodate similar usage if I decide to add one (or two) additional devices. They should have done this when the tablets started rolling out – it could have had a huge impact on tablet sales, and kicked AT&T/Apple’s collective arses.

    I’d happily share my data w/a tablet, but it’ll be cold day in hell when
    I sign additional contract w/additional monthly fee, all for a device I only
    plan to use part-time.

    And if the new plans don’t even cover my current average usage, I’ll definitely keep what I have now, even if I have to buy a phone at a non-contract price, or, I’ll check out my 5-line family options w/Sprint.

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for a family data plan if it allows me enough data to cover the average data our two current plans have been using, along with room to accommodate similar usage if I decide to add one (or two) additional devices. They should have done this when the tablets started rolling out – it could have had a huge impact on tablet sales, and kicked AT&T/Apple’s collective arses.

    I’d happily share my data w/a tablet, but it’ll be cold day in hell when
    I sign additional contract w/additional monthly fee, all for a device I only
    plan to use part-time.

    And if the new plans don’t even cover my current average usage, I’ll definitely keep what I have now, even if I have to buy a phone at a non-contract price, or, I’ll check out my 5-line family options w/Sprint.

  • http://twitter.com/DailyPlunge Michael Henshaw

    I bought the Droid when it first came out. I’ve never used more than 1.5 GBs of data a month in that time. However, I got Google Music and I have started to stream my music library at work instead of use my iPod. I’m at 4.5 GBs and the month isn’t even over. That’s about 100 hours of music in a month. If Verizon puts a cap on bandwidth that’s going to be a problem for Apple and Android users who use their devices to access music from the cloud.

    • Anonymous

      I and my partner both bought Droids on day one, and we’ve averaged anywhere from 1.5 to about 4gb each per month since (I think I started using Pandora that first week, and I take a train to/from work). After all, ‘Droid Does’ encouraged us to do everything with our Droids, including using stuff like Pandora, Slacker, Youtube, etc.

      One can hope vzw learned from AT&T’s mistakes over canning unlimited data plans, but vzw also clearly loves like nickel and diming their customers to death, so you never know what will happen.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like this one bit. HOWEVER….

    I have 3 lines one my account that use data. Combined we do not use 5gb at all. To pay $60.00 instead of $90 would be nice.

    Just playing devil’s advocate here. There are likely quite a few people this would work for.

    I wont go for it though. I will have a tablet quite soon and intend on tethering my phone to it when away from WiFi. ;)

     

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like this one bit. HOWEVER….

    I have 3 lines one my account that use data. Combined we do not use 5gb at all. To pay $60.00 instead of $90 would be nice.

    Just playing devil’s advocate here. There are likely quite a few people this would work for.

    I wont go for it though. I will have a tablet quite soon and intend on tethering my phone to it when away from WiFi. ;)

     

  • Anonymous

    I see there is some confusion here.  Please read the note at the bottom of the post.

    The tiers you are seeing there are NOT for phones.  We are only highlighting the stuff in green boxes which shows that family data packages could be on the way.  No need to freak out just yet.

    Please “like” this.

  • Anonymous

    I see there is some confusion here.  Please read the note at the bottom of the post.

    The tiers you are seeing there are NOT for phones.  We are only highlighting the stuff in green boxes which shows that family data packages could be on the way.  No need to freak out just yet.

    Please “like” this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Trying to get free likes much kellex? Lol jk

    • Anonymous

      Here’s my question…I’m still on the unlimited 3G data plan(which I know isn’t really unlimited), and I will be upgrading to 4G in October.  Should I go ahead and upgrade my line to 4G now while I can still get it for same rate as 3G?

      • skaguyy

        You are in the exact same situation I am in…can use a family member’s upgrade now or wait till december for my upgrade. Don’t want any current phones, but do want unlimited 4g

        • Anonymous

          Yeah I’m torn on what to do.

        • ankit1

          I’m also in the same boat. I might just go ahead and get a thunderbolt to hold onto my 9.99 unlimited data promo

        • ankit1

          I’m also in the same boat. I might just go ahead and get a thunderbolt to hold onto my 9.99 unlimited data promo

          • Anonymous

            9.99 unlimited data promo? When did that happen?

          • Ldderiso

            how do you get the 9.99 unlimited data promo???

    • http://profiles.google.com/mpaa.hasta.love.me I Pirate Movies

      Too bad it’s not for phones.  I’d gladly pay $59.99 a month for 5GB of data for the whole family.  I only use about 2GB a month and the three other lines on my plan use a combined 1GB at most.  So right now I’m paying $120 for 4 data plans.  And in three years when my triplets are old enough to start hounding me for smart phones I’ll really be liking a shared data plan.

    • Bjornbam

      Whoever provided you the timeline left a bit of information out. Some customer trials begin on the 26th, but that is it. While the new format will be in the systems the new data is not slated to drop until 2012.

  • Jeff

    wow if i have to share my data with everyone on my plan i am screwed, we each do 1gb of data a month at least and thats just basic web surfing and app updating…..

  • Anonymous

    Wait, so SHARED across all devices for 1/3/5GB? That sucks bigtime.

    • Anonymous

      Ignore the numbers.  We are only pointing out the stuff in green boxes.

      • James_Ever

        Thanks for the info. I really need this as I dont even use more than 1gb per month as I have wifi all around so this would save me at least forty bucks a month so hell yeah I’m for it!!!!

    • Anonymous

      The chart you see has to do with single phones, which is why the “Single Line” tab is in red.

      If you were to click on “Family Data” you would see vastly different prices and tiers. Overall you will be saving money if your entire family uses no more than the tier’s amount of bandwidth combined than if each and every device had its own data plan. So if A uses 3GB, B uses 5GB, and C uses 1GB a month, buying each of those individual data plans will be more expensive than buying a family shared 10GB plan.

      • Anonymous

        How long have you worked for Verizon?  Pretty obvious from your post.  LOL

        I, for one, can’t wait for shared data.  My wife uses little data (600MB or less each month), and my mom uses like no data (60MB or less each month), but I use 1-2GB each month with a 3G phone.  Addicted to Pandora, Slacker, Twitter, and YouTube.  A 3GB plan would be overkill and has to be less than I pay now. 

        I am sick of paying for unlimited plans on the lines to avoid potential overage and will be SOOOOO happy to get one big bucket we can all share like the 1400 minutes we never use.  We use on average 100mins each month for 4 lines on the share plan, thanks mostly to Friends and Family.  Thank you, Alltel, for your posthumous F&F awesomeness!

        • Anonymous

          My post comes off very matter-of-fact sounding because I honestly don’t see why anyone would shoot themselves in the foot by screwing over the consumer with stupid tier pricing. I’d rather have unlimited shared like my cable connection at home, but unfortunately the telecom industry is run by older thinking companies. Maybe this will change if, say, Sprint and US Cellular join forces and becomes a bigger threat to Ma Bell.

          Hopefully these guys and the government will see that technological innovation on the internet side is sort of at a standstill due to bandwidth limitations on mobile. More speeds alone won’t solve anything – we need more spectrum and more coverage ASAP as well as more regulation to ensure these companies are making use of their new goodies instead of just charging us extra for no gain in service.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, ok.  It just sounded legit to me like you knew firsthand what you were talking about.  I figured you were in IT at Verizon Wireless.  LOL

        • Cendresmash

          Speaking as someone who uses 6-8Gb a month by myself on a single line… This sucks. I’ll be paying close to 3x what I am now.

          • Cendresmash

            Oh, and for the record, no, I don’t tether. I use netflix streaming, a lot of youtube, stream podcasts, and browse the net a lot.

          • J. G.

            I am using about 7-9 gigs a month using pandora, netflix, youtube and you just downloads to the phone. No I dont tether, have no need to. I also have a xoom that I use close to the 5gig plan I have with that. This is 2011 and not 2001. Single digit plans are a joke, it is like the 5 hours a month for 19.95 on AOL. 

            I am seriously sick of this crap and they should just worry about making the network let it be unlimited and charge a decent price. Dont rape your customers. You get more with honey and honest ways then you do with under handed ways and vinegar in the long run.

            What people dont realize is no matter how much money you make you cant take it with you when you die and you can only spend so much of it when you are alive. Greed is a weakness and a drug to people who think $$$ is a status symbol.

            I just want to be able to use my tech devices and enjoy life.

          • J. G.

            I am using about 7-9 gigs a month using pandora, netflix, youtube and you just downloads to the phone. No I dont tether, have no need to. I also have a xoom that I use close to the 5gig plan I have with that. This is 2011 and not 2001. Single digit plans are a joke, it is like the 5 hours a month for 19.95 on AOL. 

            I am seriously sick of this crap and they should just worry about making the network let it be unlimited and charge a decent price. Dont rape your customers. You get more with honey and honest ways then you do with under handed ways and vinegar in the long run.

            What people dont realize is no matter how much money you make you cant take it with you when you die and you can only spend so much of it when you are alive. Greed is a weakness and a drug to people who think $$$ is a status symbol.

            I just want to be able to use my tech devices and enjoy life.

  • JK

    Am I really reading those prices right? $29.99 for 250 MB and 3GB for $34.99 on promo?

    • JK

      I am reading those wrong. 250MB for $39.99, 3GB for $34.99 promo, and 5GB for $59.99.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but those are single line charges aren’t they? 

        • Anonymous

          I read it as these prices are for the plan in full.

          If you want to split 3GB for $35 across 2+ lines then you can.

  • http://twitter.com/Atst4 Steve J

    The only thing that has me not peeing my pants:  The picture shows tablets, not phones. There is currently no unlimited plan for tablets. I hope they leave phones alone for a little longer…

  • http://twitter.com/mattshiloh Matthew Jackson

    From what I heard, they are also doing away with the Unlimited Data plans currently on existing customers when they roll out these changes.  You will now have the ability to share data between phones, so if each has 2 GB you can use 4 GB on one phone and none on the other, but unlimited is a thing of the past when they do this.

    • )v(urphy

      Then that changes the terms of my contract and I’m free to take my business elsewhere… with no penalty :0)

      • Brutalsnowman

        You will be able to keep your unlimited. You just wont be able to sign a new contract and get the unlimited.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandfather_clause

        same thing happened at AT&T. and same thing happens at card tables in Vegas, if they change the minimum bet at a table you are allowed to continue playing at the old minimum. but if you leave and come back the price on the table is the price on the table. 

      • Jeyrivera89

        They will not and can not change the unlimited plans for existing customers. All existing customers will be grandfathered in for the remainder of their contract and some customers will be extended for the life of their relationship with verizon wireless.

      • Jeyrivera89

        They will not and can not change the unlimited plans for existing customers. All existing customers will be grandfathered in for the remainder of their contract and some customers will be extended for the life of their relationship with verizon wireless.

    • Emailme_99

      I don’t think they can do that. As long as you don’t change your plan, you will be grandfathered in. We have had the same plan for 7 years.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        The problem is that you will likely (eventually) end up on a 4G phone, which means they can change your terms because you are now on a ‘4G plan’ instead of a ‘3G plan.’  Hopefully switching to 4G gives us the same rates, but at the  same time they could argue that an extra G costs more.  Gs are expensive.

    • Anonymous

      I call bigtime bullshit. That would mean that I could terminate my contract for free and keep my phone because they changed terms.

      • Anonymous

        Which I would do and then sign up for a new plan so I could get a new phone.  However from my experience with Verizon they will let you keep your plan the same until you change it, which I bet will include moving to a 4G phone.

  • Anonymous

    I’m about done with Verizon. I believe I’ll be taking my talents elsewhere when I’m a free agent this fall. I don’t care if they have similar plans/current offerings. I’m tired of overpriced and overhyped just because they “have the most loyal customer base”. Sounds like they are trying to extort customers to take advantage of that loyalty.

  • Csscmaster3

    Talk about price gouging

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

    I can hear the brother/sister teenagers now fighting over who gets to use how much data. Just like I got to fight with my brother a long time ago over who get’s to use AOL over dialup to chat with the girls, and who gets to use the house phone to call the girls.

    • Rich Floresjr

      While you were all wasting time with that, I was out bangin’ the girls.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    So this means the Bionic is coming out on July 7th, right? :P

    • Anonymous

      Hah negative.  If anything comes out that day it’ll be the D3.

      • James_Ever

        This is when I bet the Droid3 will be preleased online or through telemarketing dept. Like the DroidX2…

    • Brutalsnowman

      was thinking the same thing.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve suspected all along vzw is holding back the really good new phones (Bionic perhaps?) until they are ready to also roll out the new data plans.