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Tuesday Poll: Under Verizon’s New Share Everything Plans, Are You Saving or Losing Money?

It’s time to bust out those calculators. With Verizon announcing their new Share Everything plans, most of you are under the impression that these aren’t the great deals that Big Red is attempting to lead you into believing. From what I can tell at first glance, these plans will be amazing for families who talk on the phone a lot and text message like champs, yet rarely get on the internet or use data intensive apps. For those like me, that rarely make calls and use free instant messaging services (aka no text plan), but pound the data, these plans are the last thing I would ever choose. Each of our situations are different, so we would love to see what those are.

Let’s do two things here. First, walk through our step-by-step guide of Verizon’s new Share Everything plans and calculate a bill for your account based on these new numbers. And try not to automatically choose the 10GB plan to jack up the price, but look at your last 3 months of data usage to get yourself an average. Once you have done that, compare it to your current bill and then vote in the poll. We would love to know if you would save money, spend more, or stay the same with these new plans.

Would you pay more or less under a Share Everything plan from Verizon?

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  • I’m only saving because I was on that favorite friends and family 2000 min plan with unlimited text on 2 basic phone lines paying $140! I didn’t even have data! My monthly bill after my corporate 10% discount was $145. I was about to switch to Sprint to get the unlimited data. I just hope in being a new data user, I don’t go over the GB usage. I basically needed it for business and email.

  • I did a lot of calculations prior to the change, as we have 3 lines on a family share plan. I still have unlimited data on my line. We were told if we wanted to do any upgrades to do it before the plans changed or we would have no choice but to go on the new plan. As I figured we would need the 6gb package at a minimum for 2 smartphones, and I would be getting less of an employer discount as it only applies to the data package on the new plan, I would be paying more on the new plan, and losing my current unlimited data package of course.

  • B M Woods

    When was the last time a product was rolled out with any company, ever that fit EVERY SINGLE consumer’s need perfectly? You do realize that Verizon is a FOR PROFIT company, just like SPRINT, AT&T, US Cellular and all the other little guys in between, right? You also realize that tower construction, maintenance and leasing on 4G towers is 10 fold what a 1XRTT tower base costs, do you not? What you don’t see on here are the other 99% of Data users, on any network who don’t waste their time nerding it up on forums just like this because they need a place to vent about their up load and download speeds, or that their YouPorn was buffering all day, or they couldnt upload their 400 new photos to facebook in 15 minutes. You people are clearly smart enough to follow up on new technology. So, reading between the fine lines, I know you are smart enough to see that you CAN keep your unlimited plans, albeit in a rather unorthodox route. Knowing this, you probably have done your research on the other major providers. Do you see a trend? These changes are already past the infancy stages in every major provider’s line up. Verizon just so happens to be the first to stick their toes in the water and test the temperature. And upgrade fees? Verizon saved you that $30 fee every time you upgraded over the last 10 years, with the exception of a couple months about 4 years ago when they tried to charge you $15 per upgraqde. You know how long that lasted? Maybe 6 months. And you want to complain about a company “Fucking you over?” Sprint still charges $36 per line to upgrade. AT&T? $34. And you know what else? I’m fairly confident Sprint charges an extra $10 fee per month on top of data plans for 4G phones. 4G that doesnt work in a majority of the markets you are probably complaining from at this very moment. These changes have not even taken effect yet. Most of you have expressed that you are grandfathered in, and a lot of you are rather new in contract. SO why are you complaining? in 20 months when you are ready for your new phone, guess what? Wireless plans change almost as often as half you nerds change your semen stained underpants, around 6 months… So look for the market and plans to look entirely different in late 2013 than they will in a month when these new plans come out, especially with VOIP/LTE coming out next year. As for you jack wagons who use 40+GB a month on a SMARTPHONE… Get a life, you are smart enough to figure out WiFi. You are too cheap to put landline internet in your home and expect the benefits of landline coverage at no additional cost. Unlimited usage on a smart phone is night and day difference compared to a tablet or computer. You are tethering so you can run every piece of electronics in your home from a $30/month smart phone. Yes, you may be smart enough to figure it out, but you are dumb as rocks or as cheap as a Jewish banker if you fully expect to get away with relying on your phone to power your whole life forever. By the way, Yes, I do own a VZW indirect store. No I do not agree with some of the changes. But if you put them into perspective to the competitors, you are out of your mind if you think Verizon is trying to screw you out of your socks. No, we are not out to hold your hand, give you a hand out and tell you that you are more special than anyone else, no you do not deserve a better deal than your next door neighbor Charlie because you pay a day earlier than him every month. Wise up, take advantage of your business discounts, learn how to use Google Voice, Invest in a 4G mobile hot spot before the plans change. Do the things that research oriented people should do instead of complain about things that will not change. You can call the FCC all you want. The changes are legally approved, well within every guideline, and will still be cheaper and more reliable than the rest of the competition, with the exception of Sprint in pricing, but good luck using your phone if you travel outside your zip code on a regular basis. This will be my first and last post on here. Flame away, call me names. It will not change anything that is coming up. And for the 99% of users who use less than 1.5GB of data a month, congrats, you are going to save yourself a lot of money, even if you do not need the unlimited minutes. You want an intelligent conversation with someone who wont be typing with one hand down their pants while Jenna Jameson is dancing on their phone screen, I’ll be happy to help you with your problem. 262-865-7354. I guarantee this call will be more productive than wasting your time bothering the FCC.

  • Currently four smartphones, three on unlimited data, other 2GB, 1400 minutes Family Share. Average data usage all phones last six months 4.7GB, peak one month 8.3GB = $267.09 monthly access charges. With Share Everything 8GB, monthly access will be $240, a monthly savings of $27.

  • This is a great idea for them. I love my unlimited plan for my 2 lines. Now I have to worry what im using?. This is ridiculous. Im very upset at this. Im definitely going to go over the 10gb amount. Now im looking at my bill going from $180 to about $250!!

  • You know, I was mad at first because they didn’t come out with a simple package plan like they did with Family Texting. But now, after I figured everything out, I’ll be saving $30/month on our 3 smartphones w/ 6GB of data. We use WiFi a lot, so we’re lucky if any of us goes over 1.5GB in a month. Depending on how it goes I might even be able to go down to 4GB and save more.

  • on the cheapest option with far less service..unltd data-vs-1gb..id still be paying $6 more per month. if discounts applied to access line only then would i save a little bit of money. but for $10 hardly worth the trouble of having to think bout my data usage each month.

  • Gasaraki

    If I move my family plan to the shared data plans, I will be paying $30 more a month for the 4GB plan. No thanks…


  • middlehead

    With two phones on my plan and only one a smart, I’d being paying less up to 6GB data. Depending on how this shakes out, I might actually switch when my contract comes around again.

  • dying droid x

    Hey everyone,

    I am wondering what would happen if I upgraded my droid x to the gs3 and kept the unlimited data and then after share data goes live we up grade my wife’s smart phone. Would we have to divide our account, my phone on unlimited data and a voice plan and hers on the new shared plan?
    For what it’s work both of our phones are ready for and upgrade.

  • Guest

    Our bill for 3 smartphones and 1 feature phone is about 170 before tax. Even if we dropped all our smartphones and got minimum data it would cost 170 with this plan.

  • John Marion

    And Verizon is Wringing their greedy little hands after viewing this poll. They basically have a monopoly. They know that most families individual plans overlap. Thus making it very difficult to decide on a transition time to switch to a competitor. (this is true for any carrier though) So once emotionally or financially locked in, “Hey, let’s SCREW um”. Plus the fact that we all stayed locked in on the promise of grandfathering unlimited plans, there should be grounds for a class action lawsuit.

    • John Marion

      Best bet. Buy Verizon stock NOW!!! With all the money you make on the stock sky rocketing, you can make your phone payments with free money.

  • paul_cus

    I’m keeping everything the way it is. I’m the only one on my family plan that uses data. All the other lines are feature phones. It would cost at least $50 more a month to share 4gb with people that don’t even want to use it on my plan. I’ll just buy off contract for my line and the rest of the plan can use upgrades to get new feature phones. I’m glad I don’t have someone itching to get a smartphone the next time around, it would ruin the whole plan. I’m going to hold onto unlimited data as long as it’s possible.

  • RaptorOO7

    I would be paying about the same but losing unlimited data on my smartphone which I typically use about 1-2GB a month at the very high end. Now we have two MiFi’s and a couple of dumb phones and may add a Tablet as well. All of that would be $250 with 10GB of data which to me is likely a break even on what I pay now except I lost unlimited data. So I will need to account for an extra 2GB of data for $10 making the total $260 plus taxes so that’s what $290-300 so NO SAVINGS AT ALL.

  • So here goes. I have 4 phones on my plan (3 smart and 1 feature). Of the 3 smart phones 2 have unlimited and one 4GB data plan. I also have 1400 TLK & TXT Share plan. Here is how it breaks down.

    1400 TLK & TXT = $100 (with 15% military discount 83.50)
    feature phone 9.99 + tax =14.45
    smart phone 1 9.99 + 4GB data $30 + ins $6.99 + tax = 51.44
    smart phone 2 9.99 + unlimited data $30 + ins 9.99 + tax = 54.43
    smart phone 3 9.99 + unlimited data $30 + ins 9.99 + tax = 51.88

    Total = 255 ish

    New plan
    3 smart phones $40 each = 120
    1 feature phone = $30
    6 GB of data = $80
    ins on 3 phones = $30
    tax = $20??

    Total = 280

    So i lose my unlimited data but get unlimited talk and text (i barely break 300 min), and i pay about $30 dollars more.

  • 216monster

    Ill be saving money!

  • djsquid10

    Well free skype on wife from now on lol

  • What I love is we are required to have a Verizon range expander to use our phones at home. Basically we have to connect their device to our home network connection. The worst part is anything used on our phones is still considered their data unless it is on wifi on the phone. So with these new plans VZW would charge me for using my home internet connection. Yeah, I think I will pass.

  • Granpa

    Here’s a novel concept for people who say the have to buy a subsidized phone because they can’t afford one otherwise. Save up. Save up. It’s easy. You know months ahead when the new smart phones are going to be released. Put some money aside, every month, skip on that fast food a couple times a week, save up and by the time it comes out, you have the cash to buy it without subsidizing it and you will end up saving yourself a lot of money. Folks from the “credit era” just don’t know how badly they are getting it in the rear. Saving up is how our parents bought their cars, houses, and everything else before the era of credit ruined our economy. I will have the next Nexus phone. They are saying November release, well that gives me plenty of time to save up. Do it or take it in the butt for another two years.

  • Jeres88

    I just did the calculations, I’ll be saving around $40 a month. That is even not including the 15% discount that I have. (old $207 with discount. New with 4GB $160 without discount)

  • shareddataisokwithme

    Really, I think most of the people that read and post on Droid-Life are the people that need unlimited data. The other 95% of the country that does not read/post Droid-Life probably will see a cost savings. Most of the customers that I deal with (yes im VZW employee) they do not exceed 1GB per month. So for them, these plans might be ok and it will help them justify buying little Johnny that iPhone that he has been begging for. Maybe little Johnny is ok with turning cellular data off and just using his iphone with wifi.

  • So lets see how this works for me…

    Right now I have:
    Talk & Text Plus Data 1400 min Family Share Plan w/ 5 lines (all smartphones), Unlimited Text and Data & 10 F&F
    Base price for first 2 lines = $139.99
    + (3x) Additional line (@ $19.99 each) = $59.97
    = $199.96 TOTAL for everything (before tax and fees)
    We currently use about 8 GB between us, but my mother is learning her phone pretty good and that might go up, so lets say 10 between us all.

    Under their new plan:
    5x smartphones (@ $40 each) = $200
    10GB of data for $100 on top of that.
    = $300 Total.

    And this doesn’t even take into account my 8% corp discount cause its so messed up now on what it applies to and what not.

    So…. WHERE is the so called savings in these plans? We need to start mailing dictionaries to VZ HQ with the word “savings” highlighted in each one so maybe they’ll learn it. (Not getting my hopes up.)

    • Aryeh Hersh

      Isn’t it A) 9.99 per additional line, and B) how much are you paying for data for each line – if its 5 lines with unlimited thats $150 so $139.99+29.97+149.95 = 329.92. So you’d save on cost if everyone uses less than 10gb total

      • It’s 9.99 per line for voice and 9.99 per line for data for the Talk & Text Plus Data plan.

  • Java

    I have 3 Smart phones under unlimited, and one dumb phone, all with insurance at 247 a month. I’m going to leave everything the same and get a new phone with a insurance claim when asurion doesn’t carry the Nexus anymore

  • SeanBello

    1st of all, not a single chance I’d make this change. I don’t have 4G at home, but when I go out, the 2 major places I go out have access to 4G, otherwise I use wifi. When I finally get 4G at home, I’ll be using that exclusively because it’s faster. On top of that, I’ll be tethering the Nexus Tab when it comes out in July, so even more data usage. You have to think about future proofing rather than saving a few bucks here and there. I don’t think anybody will be saving $40-$50/month, the ppl that’re saving are saving in the $10 area. It’s not worth it in the long run when you know minutes won’t matter by the time my contract ends.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    From where I sit people MOST people are coming out ahead on this. Regardless of the poll. Yes some of us heavy power users aren’t but the average user and average family are saving money by using these plans. 99% of the people on Verizon’s network or any wireless carrier for that matter aren’t using more than 2 GBs of data. That’s a fact. And while it may suck for us few who do use more data than that it is the reality, and more than likely if any of us were in Verizon’s shoes and had to make this decision we would probably do the same thing. We act like plans won’t change and we won’t eventually get more data for less money as time goes on. As more carriers do this they we have to become more competitive and lower prices and raise data caps. It’s all part of the game.

  • SMD

    Today was the first time I actually checked to see what my wife and I are using as far as data goes and its normally just under 2GB/month. I would have thought it was way more because I even use my free hotspot every so often (it came as a promo with my TBolt over a year ago and never went away). We have unlimited data and I personally plan to keep it that way. We just pre-ordered 2 x GS3’s. Knowing that “the better the phone, the more likely we will be to use even more data” because it is easier to stream video, use data intensive apps, etc. I think that even though we may save a bit now if we switched to tiered data, there’s no going back and I like the FREEDOM of knowing that I have no limits.

  • FelisLachesis

    I would save a whopping $10. However, I’d have to give up my unlimited data to do so. Two people on my plan eat data up, and don’t have availability to wifi. I do, and I’m the one with unlimited (how is this fair?) >.>

    Still, only $10, I’m not sure if its worth it.

  • Alex

    yeah i have 3 smartphones all on unlimited, but this is the question to everyone. Is this enough to go to another carrier? I really dont want to go to lets say at&t but I usually pay 260 and with new plans will pay 220 but losing unlimited..Is at&t Better?

    • SeanBello

      all things being equal, I’d say go with whoever’s cheaper. in this case though, think about where VZW’s 4G rollout is compared to ATT’s…it’d be like hitting the reset button on your waiting period.

  • Greg Smith

    Right now we’ve got a 700 minute family share plan, 2 smart phones each with unlimited data, and 3 dumb phones. The fees for those (with data) come to $190 per month (before all the taxes & other extras per line). Just hooking up the same phones will come to $170 BEFORE adding a data plan. I can give a rat’s a$$ about unlimited calling, we never go over our minutes. The amount thay are charging for a dumb “feature” phone for Grandma or the kids to use in emergencies is going from $10 to $30??? That’s also ridiculous.

  • Can we get another poll asking who actually did the math?

  • TimXer

    Mine calcs to $190 + all those wonderful taxes / surcharges. My big Q is I’ve been receiving a 25% discount on my main line forevermore…wonder if I’ll continue to get that? If so, mine might end up less…3 smartphones @ 4 GB

  • Haxcid

    My phone came with Netflix, the first official one on Verizon (LG revolution) along with HDMI out. Both were advertised as premium features. While on a new plan I could use the HDMI out, the advertised Netflix app would have to be scraped along with Verizons own video on demand services etc…

    Here is your brand new smart phone with all these killer apps. Got nuts. Here is your first months bill including your data overages… 1000$ dollars please.

  • Ahku Droid

    Unless they reevaluate data tiers, I will lose a lot of money. Usage is only going to increase as smartphones further evolve and become more entrenched in our lives. They should offer greater discounted data fees the more you buy to entice lower users to buy up for the “just in case” scenario. That will shift costs a bit. I have been with VZW since ’95, and if it doesn’t change by the end of my contract, I may switch to Sprint, assuming their network catches up more.

  • Paul

    The biggest fallacy of the new “Share Everything” plan is that it assumes that you need unlimited calling and texting. I already pay $40 per month for my each of smartphones plus only $10 for the one feature phone. The shared minutes are $100. If I stay with unlimited Data & 1400 minutes I pat $270. If I go for unlimited minutes & 8GB of data I pay $280. Not much choice in that… I will keep the unlimited data thank you.

    • Br_d

      Unlimited texting should be free with every phone. It uses basically no data and has been a scam for years.

  • sgtguthrie

    Efff Verizon! I’m out at the end of my contract! Red Pocket Mobile, here I come with an unlocked NEXUS 😉

  • I have two smatphones with unlimited data and one dumbphone. My bill is about $160 (I don’t pay for text messages and my minutes are low). With the new plan for exactly the same $160 I’d be getting 1G of shared data for the whole family.

  • EDNYLaw

    I think that Droid Life and most other people commenting about Verizon’s new data plan are forgetting a key piece of information. For people using less than 2GB of data each month now, moving to a shared plan with unlimited talk and text seems good. But DO NOT FORGET Verizon’s plan, once their LTE roll out is complete in 2013, is to transition from “minutes” to VOIP. So maybe you don’t use more than 2GB of data now, but when you tack on what once were cellular minutes that are now data, not to mention every company, including Google, is pushing towards cloud service 2GB isn’t going to last very long. I think keeping unlimited, assuming Verizon won’t ultimately push you into tiers to use VOIP, will benefit people in the long run. Just throwing that out there because it seems to be severely overlooked.

    • r0lct

      They are doing this because of the transition for sure. Condition people to spend way too much on talk and text, that way when they transition to all data without dropping the monthly cost you think you’re getting a “deal” because all the sudden data just got cheaper.

      • EDNYLaw

        Yep, it’s all about greed, nothing Verizon has ever done has been out the of the kindness of their hearts. If it seems like it saves you money now, just wait… some how it’ll end up costing you later.

    • For people like me who not texting and not talking much the new plan is a complete rip-off.

  • Reading thru all of the comments, one thing that no one has brought up yet is the fact that at the end of this year/beginning of 2013 VZW will start switching their voice calls to VoLTE, so customers in those areas using VoLTE WILL NOT BE USING MINUTES!!!! ALL voice traffic will be carried over the data net with this!!! Minutes will go away & it’ll be all data. With this plan structure, VZW is getting ready to shove Mack truck up all of our asses. We meed to band together, even with the i*hone users & flood VZW with plans for revolt! This isn’t an attempt to reign in the data hogs, they’re preparing for the future of an data-only network. @jtttosavetheday is right, we need to tell VZW to BACK THE F*CK OFF!!

    Let’s everyone call this woman!!

    Call Sylvia Thomas [Executive Relations Office] @ 240-568-2185

    • cheezer88

      i thought VoLTE is when you can talk and be on the web at the same time

      • In a way yes, but the idea is that phones will no longer use CDMA radios (current minutes and text) and begin using only 4g LTE radios for minutes, texts and data needs. Basically, we’re going to be using data only in the near future.

  • I’m still confused. Do they have a separate set of plans for a single device, or is this the only plan they have moving forward? If I want a single-line smartphone plan with 2GB of data, that’s $100/month?

  • Bionic

    I think what im going to do as well is this. Ive always got my phones at the verizon store itself. Next time im giong to go to Best buy, why? Because instead of paying $9.99 a month for the Asurion insurance for your phone, you can pay a one time fee for the black tie protection plan for 2 years. This will save $20/month on my verizon bill, I can then take tha $20/month and buy more data, if need be.

    • LionStone

      suhweet! good call…pay some cash and put some on credit to soften the blow 😉

    • jaredgreenwald

      I used to do that but learned something about the protection from BB. If you pay all up front and have an issue on month 2 of the contract you lose all of the payments and have to buy a new plan again (because they consider the old one fulfilled). If you go month-to-month, it’s still $10 but you get rapid exchange (usually within a week) and there’s no start/end for the contract.

  • Mchl496

    I use about 10 gigs a month, because when I was working I streamed pandora for 8 hours, and i do watch movies and play games. Will i give up my unlimited data plan? No, because even if i was using just 1 gig i do not want to have less options. I live in San Diego California and i’ve seen the 4g data speeds on my Tbolt go from 29MBps to 8MBps per second with all these people jumping on the 4g network.

  • Guys! Don’t be fooled if you pay the same with the new plan as you do now. Think about the future! How much data did you use 4-5 years ago? Maybe 250 MB/ month? Less on a Blackberry. Think about 5 years from now in 2017 when EVERYTHING needs DATA! Your 2GB will be finished just syncing your Google Services to your Android phone! F*CK VERIZON.

    • Bionic

      a little overstated i do believe sir.

  • droid

    every carrier in the united states is corrupt. in the UK I could have minutes and data for about 30pounds/month prepaid

  • jjt to save the day

    Call Sylvia Thomas [Executive Relations Office] @ 240-568-2185

    Yes this is the real number for the ERO. Also, call the FCC. Flood FCC with calls about this _and_ the new $30 upgrade fee. Verizon continues to ask more out of customers while providing us with less. The only way they will get the picture is through incessant complaints from customers and investigations from the FCC, and of course, fear of losing a multitude of customers!

    Good luck Big Red customers!!! Get pissed and get on it!!!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    $20-30 more with less data in my case.

  • flyboy

    Selecting a new plan, I would pay the same amount monthly (w/ 4GB), and have legitimate wi-fi tethering included. I checked out the history on my account and see I have only gone over 2GB two months over the last year — and both months were with the purchase of a new phone and all the subsequent downloading. That also includes limited wi-fi tethering to my iPad. The new plans are not terrible, in my opinion.

  • moelsen8

    yeah this is borderline retarded. the only positive note is that they include tethering now.. they’re finally starting to figure that crap out. but at these prices, why wouldn’t they hahaha. who wouldn’t stay on an individual plan here? i see no incentive to switching over. i get way more for way less (even without unlimited and with a 2gb plan i still would).

    • poeddroiduser

      Include Tethering? I ALREADY have it on my OG? how is this a positive?

      • moelsen8

        include tethering without the * next to it explaining that you need to pay extra in order to not be violating their terms.. is what i meant.

  • Alan Burnstine

    If I used a lot of voice minutes, these new plans might make sense, but the 4 phones on my plan rarely top 700 minutes. New plan would cost the same as the current plan WITHOUT data. Once I add data in, even at the lowest level I am losing money.

  • achaf86

    My bill is normally $150 with tax and 20% off if I go to this share everything plan my bill will be around $190 plus tax and I only have 2 lines on my account and they both are smartphones.. my boyfriend uses a lot of data bc he doesn’t have internet at his place So I guess I might have to get my own account

  • RW-1

    I’m not going to worry about it right this moment. I have two years on my Gnex before I have to consider upgrading at all, and my wife is on a non-smartphone. Now when she decides to upgrade, or busts it forcing it that might become an issue, but with one smartphone and one feature phone could work out to about the same, and if more I now my wife will scream ’em down to match the current bill (has done it in the past, she is amazing to watch 🙂 )

  • Jon

    Why in the world don’t they have a 15Gig option? Obviously to screw a lot of people. A 15 Gig option would be exactly what our family needs, but they think that all family’s will be fine with 10 Gigs? What about large family’s with 5 or 6 people? Why not just have a 12 Gig, 15Gig and 20 Gig tier as well so there are more options?

    Damn it all Verizon! Damn it all!

    • will bartlett

      12 gb of data is $110

  • JDHokie

    Would be more under current family plan setup. The decision will come into play when one of the ‘dumphone’ users decides to upgrade to a smartphone.

  • More…but have to find out how my employee discount impacts overall cost. Upgrade is still over a year away, though, so wait and see.

  • Sean Wood

    Just checked Sprints site and i can do 3 smart phones w/unlimited data and my ole’ mans regular feature phone(which will have data included also) 1500 min/ month and unlimited texting for ~$200/ month… that’s what i’m paying now and under the new tiers.. same set up with only 4 gigs.. I’d be paying $15 more/month… AND what’s up with having to pay $ more for a smartphone versus a feature phone..

  • JulianZHuang

    currently, im using their individual plan with unlimited data for $80 per month. i also barely use over 1.5GB each month. so, im not really sure if im over paying or not…. but $80 just for myself is kind of high.

  • sweetmotherofpearls

    Verizon bill will go from: 220 to: > 310.

  • Jon

    My family has 3x smartphones and 1x feature phone. We have a shared plan that is $250 / month before taxes

    Each data phone uses around 5-6 gigs per month. And that’s my dad, my wife, and me. They are not tech geeks and they still use that much data. I do it via podcasts and such so I can cut back drastically. My wife does it via Skype overseas and what’s app. My dad gets there via tons of YouTube videos he uses to watch music videos. Their two usage patterns are hard to just cut back to 2 gigs a month or less.
    On the new plan we would need to get the 10 Gig plan and it would end up being $260 before taxes. That’s a $10 increase, but we would be going over data by between 5-7 Gigabytes per month. Assuming that the overage charges would be $10 / gig / month…wich I’m not even sure Verizon will be that generous…then our true cost would rise from current $250/month up to at least $310/month before taxes. A $60 a month increase to maintain the data usage we currently enjoy.

    This really sucks Verizon!

    • JDHokie

      Can your dad watch YouTube videos connected to a WiFi network? Ditto for your wife’s Skype and IM habits?
      You can add 2 GB for $10, then overage charges are $10 for every 1 GB according to Kellex’s “Basics” post.

    • Yo get get more than 10 gigs a month on plan for $10 every 2 gigs, the overage fee is $15 a gig

  • nimbyist

    who needs a home internet plan when you have grandfathered unlimited data 🙂

  • foxtrot21alpha

    UNLIMITED 4 LIFE!!! Never signing another contract! Whats the use of having a ferrari if u cant gun it!?

    • CopierITGuy

      First of all, the 2 people that I ‘know’ who drive Ferrari’s are total douches! Secondly, they also have numerous fines they’ve paid for ‘gunning it’. Thirdly, they could have bought a Corvette for half the price and gotten the same results. Don’t buy a Ferrari, and don’t be stupid. You’ll eventually be forced into giving up your unlimited data just like everyone else. It WILL happen eventually.

      • LionStone

        And another one is Michael Savage, I’ve seen his Ferrari just sitting collecting dust in his garage…barely drives it.

  • I voted wrong… I would pay more. If they had a 3GB plan, I’d probably break even.

  • jseah114

    I have 5 lines, all with smartphones and unlimited data, and pay just under $200 a month with employee discounts and the talk, text & data discount. We also use about 8 GB total a month. We don’t even know if employee discounts would even apply to the new plan since technically employee discounts do not apply to unlimited voice plans, while they do apply if the line costs more than $34.99 a month (which would be the case if a smartphone costs $40 a month).

    If I have to sign up for 10 GB shared data, I will have very little cushion for overages, and if there are no discounts, it will cost me $300 a month. Assuming that I lose the talk, text, and data discount, but get the employee discount on per line charge for all 5 lines, plus the employee discount on the shared data, it will cost me about $45 more a month.

    In either case, this is going to cost me a lot more money per month.

    • JDHokie

      You can add an additional 2 GB for $10. So 12 GB for $110 and you’d have your overage cushion.

  • The question is loaded because I’m still on a 3G Droid Inc. I can renew in two days and will be tapping into 4G soon. I might use 2GB on my Unlimited with my 3G but what’s going to happen when I unleash 4G amazingness? I’m going to upgrade my two lines before June 28th to be safe.

  • I went through my usage, and even using instant uploads for all the pictures I take, music I stream from pandora and google music, all the games and apps I download and try when bored, and constantly leaving my phones 4G plugging away with with other services and using dropbox for work and school. My data usage is barely brushing 4 gigs and averaging closer to two most months. I share a plan with my mom who has a feature phone and no data or texting. I currently have unlimited, 5000 texts and we share 700 minutes. My bill would remain the same at roughly 130 before taxes…
    I can bump up to 4 gigs to be safe, but that comes at 10 dollars more and I’ll have a job with a discount soon so idk. I’ll make up my mind with the Razr HD hits.

    • Only thing this kinda keeps me from doing is adding a cameraless feature phone for work purposes, but it makes getting a LTE enabled tablet look that much more tempting, and I’m not concerned with that raising my data usage, because I doubt I’ll simultaneously use the tablet and phone, so the data would rightfully be split fairly evenly between the two.

    • bigdav1178

      Are you sure about your calculations? Are you including insurance coverage in your current costs?
      By my calcs:
      2 lines on 700min talk family plan ($70) + 5000 texts ($20) + unlimited data ($30) = $120
      smartphone ($40) + featurephone ($30) + 2GB ($60) = $130 (or $140 with 4GB)

  • If you think about just the $40 monthly smartphone access fee on a 24 month contract, that comes out to you paying $960 (on top of the $299 for the subsidized phone). By comparison, just keep your existing unlimited plan with little or no access fee & pay for the phone outright, sure you pay the $700 up front, but you’re not data capped & you’re not paying as much for the phone as you do with the shared plan.

    • that is my thought on it also!

    • Gregg

      You already pay $40/mo for the phone. There’s the $9.99 monthly fee, plus your $30 data package. Nothing old.

  • baldypal

    Its more simply because I get unlimited for $30 and the lowest 1GB is $50. But I use between 2 and 3 GB monthly so I’d at least need 2GB at $60.

  • macwamatt

    I was hoping the talk of the day would be an ICS update to the RAZR family.

    Already knew going in the these shared plans would just screw us all over.

  • wickets

    with 3 phones my bill drops $50 under the new arrangements

  • Trueblue711

    Can’t say I’m surprised.
    Even though I’m paying for 1400 minutes with 10 Friends & Family that are unlimited, I don’t even come close to using half my minutes. Oh wait, I couldn’t downsize my plan to 700 minutes because then I don’t get 10 F&F, hence making me go over every month. Real clever, Verizon.

    So, what the hell am I going to do with “unlimited minutes”? Absolutely nothing.

    • That’s basically how I am with my plan. All the people I call who aren’t on Verizon fit on the F&F list, so pretty much in essence we have unlimited calling.

  • Jake

    I have two smartphones on my account, both unlimited data, 700 shared minutes and no texting. Monthly bill averages $135 with tax. On the somewhat realistic 4 GB data tier, my bill would be $150. But I would be gaining texting and (legal) tethering at least. Honestly I feel that if I changed my behavior some I could get down to within the 2 GB mark. You know… actually using that wifi toggle that I never worried about because 4G is faster than my home network connection.

  • My bill is about $200, after my corp discount, before tax. That’s with two smartphones and a tablet on a 1gb data plan, both phones have unlimited. Even if I go with the 10gb plan, which we’ll never use, my bill goes down to $190 before tax and corp discount. Even using my phone tethered in Vegas for a week, I didn’t go over 4gb. My wife uses, at best, a gig and a half. I have FiOS for internet at home, I don’t need to use a cell phone as my connection on a regular basis.

    I wonder how many people are just pissed off about losing unlimited data, and don’t actually use mor than 3 or 4gb a month.

    • possomcrast1

      If we don’t go over the 4gb then why change the unlimited. Charging more for less isn’t justified. It doesn’t make a difference if we’re using 4gb on unlimited or 4gb on tethered so why change unless you’re just being greedy for no reason.

    • dillonious

      My monthly bill is about $200 after my discount on 2000 minutes (which we don’t use all of), one phone on a 6GB plan, one phone on a 300MB plan and three dumb phones. We are jumping to $230 because one of the kids just added a smart phone with 2GB of data. That means for $230/month we get 8.3GB of data. Under this new “share” plan we would get a whopping 4GB of shared data (but with unlimited callling, that we will never use) for the same price. For some users it may not be too bad but I only see it as a LOSE/LOSE proposition from where I sit.

  • Mikey

    If you rely on mobile streaming then you will pay more. And you have every right to use as much data as you need. Haven’t the carriers encouraged you to do so (while wringing their greedy little hands together)?
    We don’t and will pay $40/mo less for 3 smartphones and 1 tablet using a data plan that provides almost twice as much usage as we currently consume.
    The carriers have us by the b*lls, know it, and are laughing all the way to the banks that don’t care about us.

  • Colin

    If my 22% discount is applied across the board then the new plans will be $3/mo more for me. Currently they only apply my discount on the base plan price then add everything else to it. I guess I’ll have to call to find out.

  • Doug8307

    I’m not a data hog and I don’t even log a lot of minutes

    Currently I have

    450 Nationwide minutes = $40

    Unlimited data = $30

    250 Messages = $5

    Total = $75 (not including my corp. discount)

    Share Everything
    1 Smartphone = $40

    1 GB/ 2GB = $50/$60

    Total = $90/$100 (not including any discounts)

    Difference = $15/25 MORE per month.

    Over 2 years = $360/600 MORE

    The most expensive phone (iPhone 4S 64GB) only saves you $450 on contract so it looks like I’ll be paying full price from now on. I wish the SGIII wasn’t a big plastic-y mess, but I’m holding out for something in the 4″ range

    • CopierITGuy

      Maybe you missed the part of the big heading that says, “SHARE Everything” on it. This is not a plan designed for single lines. You can still upgrade your phone, keep your 450 minutes and pay $30 for your 2GB of data and $5 for your texts, and you’ll be just fine.

      This was created (1) to increase revenue and profit for Verizon; (2) to punish people like @kingofnynex:disqus for raping the ‘unlimited’ system; and (3) to ‘encourage’ people to connect more devices (see reason #1). It’s all about Verizon increasing their profits – just like any other business owner wants to do (and is the reason any business is in business.)

      This will force a lot of people to pay more, but it will also save a lot of people money, as well. This is just the next step in carriers steering users into the direction they want us to go. That could translate into steering some to another carrier, but eventually all carriers will follow suit. They always do. You can run, but you can’t hide!

      • will bartlett

        he isnt “raping the unlimted system”…he is using his UNLIMITED DATA when and how he wants to. i use anywhere from 2 gb to 20 gb a month…it all depends on where i am and what im doing. i like having that choice.

      • Doug8307

        Are you sure individuals aren’t going to be shoe-horned into these plans too? I don’t mean to sound dense, but I was under the impression that everyone will be forced onto these plans if they upgrade after June 28.

        Where did you see an offer for $30 for 2GB?

    • Yes, this is terrible for a single line plan.

  • I asked about company discounts.. they get applies to the data package costs.. Not to the phone fee’s

    so for 2 smartphones with 2gb data
    (40+40) + (60*discount) + Extortion Money(Taxes and Fees) = Total Bill

    For me it would be about $130-140 for this with taxes and fees. I’m paying 135 now for 2 smart phones with 750 minutes and 2gb data plans each. Luckily they are plans not for me, so the data usage is less then 1gb for both phones, so it is a wash.

  • steveP

    I would pay less but only because I currently am on a single line plan and assuming my gf would want to come into a shared plan we would jointly be paying $150/mo, whereas right now I pay $95/mo for the minimum talk plan, 500 message/mo and my unlimited data plan. I use maybe 750 MB max per month of data, but I spend most of my time on a wifi network at home and work. my gf is not a data hog, and also uses wifi at home. It would make sense for us to move into the 2 GB shared data plan but as she’s still on her families shared plan and only pays for the data portion it would cost her more/mo.

    So really it makes no sense.

  • CopierITGuy

    My phone is a company phone. We are a small, family business with 9 smartphones on 2 separate accounts. We pay $570/month (before taxes/fees). We have an old Alltel plan with over 3,000 shared minutes (between the 2 accounts), F&F & unlimited data. We use less than 14GB of data total with a couple of users exceeding 2GB rarely.

    On the new plan, we can consolidate to one account and only pay $480. To pay what we are currently paying, we would have to more than double our data usage to 32GB. Even using WiFi HotSpot won’t do that for us.

    I know this sucks for a lot of people, but for my company, this will save us over $100/month after taxes & fees.

    • nimbyist

      be careful vz doesnt read your post or they’ll start charging you small business prices.

      • CopierITGuy

        VZW can’t force you to purchase a business plan. Legally, I have 2 different personal accounts that are billed to the same address – nothing wrong with that. We’ve considered going to a business plan before, but we would pay almost double for what we currently have. Numerous VZW reps have encouraged us not to make the switch. Now, those reps may no longer be with VZW as a result, but hey, just sayin…

  • Deltaechoe

    Netflix and MOG, I’d end up paying thousands in data overages what with the moldy oldy router without wifi that my landlord insists on using. I end up using about 30-40 gig a month while still following my contractual TOS…

  • HueThree

    I don’t come here often but I want to let you guys know that Verizon is ripping you off big time and want to let you know about my experience.

    My PSA….The best thing I have done this year was drop Verizon and go off contract pre-paid with the GSM Nexus straight from Google Play. I am on Straight Talk Sim Att right now. I get unlimited calls and text, and about 2gigs of data per month for $45. No contract, no ETF’s, and I can shop for the best GSM carrier every month if I want to. I get between 3-7mbps download speeds…which more than fast enough for me. Streaming can be an issues sometimes, but we think we have found a work around over at xda to stream and get even more data by leaving proxy field black in APN settings.

    Yes I watch my data more carefully now, but the experience is the same for me. When I was on Verizon I used tons of data because I would forget to turn wifi on and didn’t have music stored locally on my device. And It was worth it to me to save $40+ a month over a Verzion bill and not have to sign a 2year contract. A brand new carrier unlocked Gnex is only $400.

    • Only $400. lol It would cost me $800 straight up to do that…no thanks

      • HueThree

        Yea one would have to wait till the end of their Verizon contract to avoid ETF. But even with an ETF it might be cheaper

        $400 (brand new Nexus from Google) + 1,080 (2 years @ 45/month on ST)= $1480,
        which is still a lot cheaper than Verizon

        $200-300 (brand new smartphone from VZW) +2,040 (2 years @ 85/month)= $2,240 which is $760 more over 2 years that StraightTalkSim

  • mikel61101

    mine would go from 188 minus my 20% ecpd discount to 258 with who knows how the discount is applied. yup not liking the new plans!

    • Same concern – it’s more or less the same price – but the way the discount will end up being applied will make the difference. 1 gb, however, should not cost $50 with any company. Complete rip off.

  • dbam987

    It would be about the same for my family. Currently have 4 smart phone users and 1 feature phone user and 1 tablet (with a data plan) user. So the tally is the following under the new plan:
    $40 x 4 (Smartphone)
    + $30 x 1 (Feature Phone)
    + $10 x 1 (Data-enabled tablet)
    + $90 (8 GB plan – average usage per month)
    = $290
    This is very close to what we are already paying on our current plans ($300). The bright side is that mobile hotspot access is included, so thats a plus. The down side is the loss of the unlimited plans on each of the smart phones we have.
    Just out of curiousity, in the chart they specify “notebooks” as one of the devices needing a line-access charge. Are they referring only to the ones equipped with 3G/LTE modems on board? If not, then this is a very bad deal to have if I wanted to use the mobile hotspot to connect my laptop to my phone.

    • I think the notebooks are indeed ones with the modems such as the Chromebook etc.

      • dbam987

        Thats good then. It makes sense it only applies to data-enabled devices anyway. Just want to confirm though.

  • WickedToby741

    If I calculate it so that on my plan, each smartphone is allotted 2 GB of data, my bill would be the same. However, with the hotspot feature I’m going to guess more data would be used, so factoring that in and jumping for an additional 2 GB of data would make it $10 more per month, which isn’t bad considering the hotspot feature is gained for everyone. As bad as these look, I think it may actually be worth it in my scenario. I really don’t want to give up my unlimited though cause once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back.

  • Murphy

    Verizon is masturbating to this poll right now.

    • Jake

      Exactly! They will be tricking LOTS of the non savvy sorts that don’t watch sites like this that are in the MORE column into the “free” phone.

      The “less” and “same” that are a huge minority on this poll and MAYBE switch even with being well informed, will ALL be “More” a few years from now when they learn the wonderful world of smartphone properly and start going over on data and have to pay up for not grandfathering unlimited!!

      • If you knew how to use a smartphone properly it wouldnt be so hard to learn to use wifi where available. Admittedly this isnt a solution for everyone. I know people who use their VZW plans to provide a home network, and those (including myself at work) who network speeds are slower then 3g.

        It’d be interesting to know the number of people who dont use wifi at all.

        • Reggie

          I use my phone’s data plan somewhere in the high 90% range when I’m away from wifi. There is no wifi signal available when I’m at work, which is when I do all of my Google Music streaming.

          • Dillonious

            And why don’t you simply put music on the device and stop sucking bandwidth? Or is that too confusing? It’s people like you who think the only way to do something is to stream it that are causing the bandwidth problems.

          • michael arazan

            he pays for his data that they initially offered him, he is not in the wrong for using it. If they didnt have the foresight with 90 million customers to see this, then its their problem, not his.

          • We’ll stop doing this when companies like Verizon stop touting and promoting features such as instant streaming HD video and streaming music in their commercials. Verizon sells these phones with the promise of nonstop 4G connection. Are we supposed to feel bad for using it?

        • Lots of people know how to use smartphones properly, and don’t use wifi at all. I have decent speeds at home, but LTE sucks battery like it was going out of style. I don’t turn on my Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, unless I need to use them at the moment to save my battery. Also, if I’m in a 3G only area for some reason, I switch the LTE off so it won’t constantly look for a signal and drain me for no reason. VZ is just trying to fuck us all over for more money, bottom line. All under the guise of “we need more bandwith, so you have to pay more” Based on this poll and the comments, a lot of people feel the same way.

        • caddy197

          Not all people can use WIFI. I use my phone all day at work streaming music and checking Facebook and whatever I need. Work internet usage is not allowed for this stuff. Personally I use about 10gb per month. I am on unlimited. Its ridiculous to pay $100 for 10gb of service oh…..then throw on the unlimited text and minutes and then the fee for even using the phone. I pay $80 a month now…..My bill would be close to $150. Its BS to now make a consumer pay $70 MORE a month for service that over seas runs about $30-50. Yes…..they don’t subsidize their phones…..but hell, i been off a subsidized phone for a year because Verizon can’t pick up a good phone worth upgrading to.

  • dk81

    I think a simple mistake a lot of people will make is only looking at the data they currently use. Ask yourself if your using more data now than 2 years ago, probably, and that trend will just continue. Everything you can do on your phone is going to require data, cloud services (where all your documents, media, etc will be kept), streaming media (spotify, netflix, hulu plus, nfl, etc). Local storage will be used less and less while at the same time data will cost more and more. Verizon knows this and they are already tightening the noose around our ignorant necks. As for me I’ll keep my unlimited data as long as I possibly can. I’ll never sign another contract with Verizon. Greedy bastards.

    • Especially for those of us that will be upgrading from 3G to 4G phones soon!

    • jseah114

      Especially since Verizon will also start allowing you to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot for no extra charge. My daughter blew through 500 MB of data in under an hour during a road trip while surfing Youtube and Facebook on a laptop tethered to my LTE phone.

    • good point.

  • Buy This

    I hate to say this (I don’t want to like Verizon anymore) but this appears to be awesome for my family plan. It is just me and my mom on it right now and we use just under 4 GB combined. So if we pay 80 for the two smartphones…and say another 80 for 6 GB, it still shaves 50 even off our bill..We recover more in what we were paying for voice/text than we lose in paying more for data basically. So from 210 to 160 it looks like.

    • bigdav1178

      How are you paying $210 currently for 2 smartphones on a family share plan? That seems extremely high.

  • fauxshizzl

    To go from unlimited data to a 1GB plan it would cost me approximately $20 more per month. I fail to see the value in any of these unless you have 3+ phones on a single plan, and people on them that rarely use data. Were any of you notified when Verizon asked and “we” responded that this is what we wanted?

    • Droidzilla

      I wanted shared data if it gave me a benefit. My wife uses next to no data and I use a ton and multiple devices, so shared is better for people like us if it’s set up to be a benefit to customers with that particular usage pattern. Verizon obviously set it up so that people would pay more, but they can do commercials that make it look like it’s a good setup with lots of potential benefits.

      I just wanted to be able to add a device for a fee to my unlimited plan, but I knew that was a pie-in-the-sky dream world filled with Luck Dragons and Apple competing on the merits of their devices instead of suing.

  • br_hermon

    What in God’s name are you people doing with your phones that you’re using 7-9gb, 15 or even 40gb of data a month!? I leave my wifi on at home all the time, I work from home too. But man, i don’t see how you can use that much data.

    • dk81

      its called tethering, no need for internet at home if you have a good 4g signal through your phone, why pay for cable or satellite when you can stream just about anything you want online. instead of paying for home internet and tv service just use the phone. bill consolidation 😉

    • MikeKorby

      Using FoxFi, my family and I have been using our 4g phones for internet ever since we moved into our current place. We have considered getting Comcast, but for now this has done the job just fine, and that includes streaming HD content to my blu ray player

    • Netflix, rhapsody, downloading ROM updates. Honestly tethering accounts for less than 10% of my usage.

    • Droidzilla

      I very rarely tether, but I have no home internet because I’ve found there’s very little that I do on a computer while at home (I do use a computer at work, so I don’t want to be on one the rest of the day). With LTE phones capable of streaming HD Netflix natively (read: not “abusing” their plan/device), getting over 100GB/month is a snap. I routinely use 5-10GB/month even after I dropped Netflix.

      I don’t get how people are not using at least 4GB a month, unless they have WiFi access. Streaming videos, Pandora, etc. is part of the joy of having a smartphone; do people not use these features?

      Don’t forget, too: if you pay for WiFi internet, that’s part of your monthly cost. I understand if you need it for other connected devices, but some of us are just about all mobile these days.

    • Plenty of media streaming. Music, video.

    • br_hermon

      Wow, well you all make sense. I just didn’t realize that that many people tether their phones for internet at home. Maybe it’s because I live within not so great coverage. I use my home wifi quite a bit for nearly everything.

  • KleenDroid

    I have 5 lines on smartphones that each have unlimited. I only pay $10 per month each for the unlimited data plans because I got on the deal I saw here. I will not give this up. I am going to upgrade my wife’s phone this week while we still can.

  • FAL_Fan

    I currently pay $205 a month for 2 smartphones and 2 feature phones with unlimited data on the smartphones and the 1400 minute plan with unlimited texting, we use a minimum of 6 gbs with only the smartphones accessing internet so at least another 1gb if the feature phones had internet so we would need at least 10 gbs so it would be roughly $265 with taxes…not ok

  • trbasil

    It could be a little cheaper, but taking a huge kick in the nuts on data allowance.

  • jayray78

    I’m not sure if I should have voted more or less. Truly, I don’t pay for my phone as it was provided by my company. However, switching 10 people over would be less expensive for the company, given that the average user only uses about .5gb per month.


    Technically since my bill is 300 a month which is ridiculous because thats only 4 smartphones.. it would be 290 would with all of us? 40×5=200+8 gigs for 90 and then taxes so 300.. so i guess actually less? even after taxes but that only gives us like 1.5 gigs per person and thats not going to work for me.

  • Asuriyan

    My bill goes up an automatic 40 bucks before the inevitable data overages.


  • br_hermon

    I’ve got 2 smartphones, that’s it. My bill’s usually ~170. With the New structure I’ll be paying 150 (both prices don’t include about 15 in taxes/charges) so I’ll actually be saving about $20 a month.
    P.S. Between 2 people we average 2gb / month, so I’d get the new 4gb plan.

  • Not even just a little more. My bill goes up by 40%.

  • msnight04

    My wife and I both have a smartphone. Combined, we use an average 3GB monthly. Because of this, we could sign up for the 4GB plan and, with my 15% corporate discount, save around $20/month. I use the vast majority of our data and that is at home and work. At home, I’m always on wifi and the network team is currently installing wireless across our entire campus (indoor and outdoor) at work. I actually foresee my data use habits decreasing and am considering switching to this plan.

  • My bill would be the same if I get the 1GB of data… but that’s a joke. I would be paying more for anything else.

  • EvanTheGamer


    And Verizon is laughing at us. Damn clowns.

  • (1) smart phone.

    I’m not a heavy user. I don’t remember what my plan is called but it’s 450 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited data for a little over $80 per month. My data each month is usually south of 1BG but I do occasionally go over that so I’d choose the 2BG plan.

    New plan would be $40 for the smart phone and $60 for the data.

    An extra $20 a month.

  • As a rep for Verizon I was just in looking at this for some of my clients during follow up and a lot of the single line and smaller family plans are not going to see much if any benefit. That said some of the larger family plans will see a benefit. One customer in particular of mine will save as much as $140 a month with the shared plan. It’s important for everyone to remember that majority of users are not like us here in the community and do not use a lot of data.

    • EC8CH

      well…. YEAH for the Duggars I guess /s

      • Hah, is that a DL first? The Duggar reference that is. 🙂

  • I’m on AT&T, but for 2 of us, 4GB data, it would be almost the same. We’re paying $150 after taxes and corp discount. This would be $150 before taxes and discount, so presumably we’d come out a little better off, but not enough to entice me to switch.

    If only they were GSM-based.

  • hogasswild

    I have three smart phones and pay $200 for a 700 minute plan and three data plans before taxes or discounts. Two lines have unlimited data while one has 2gb. We average about 5 gb a month in useage, but because I have to use my phone for work, I occasionally go over in minutes. My base price would be exactly the same, but I would probably want to spend an extra $10 for 8gb of data just in case since one of my lines does get to 3gb per month. So then I’d be spending $210, but would have the peace of mind that I have unlimited minutes.

  • King of Nynex

    I used 40 gigs last month. That’s like a billion dollars on the new system.

    • EvanTheGamer

      WHAT are you even doing that uses up 40gb a month? Oh wait…….lol

      • King of Nynex

        Honestly, I use most of my data with Google Music, Netflix, and Torrents. I don’t have cable tv or internet so I torrent my favorite shows straight to my phone if it’s not on Netflix. Then I can take them wherever I go.

        • EvanTheGamer

          You don’t own a computer?

          • King of Nynex

            I do, but it’s a heavy, POS laptop that overheats when I watch vidyas. I only use it to write, really. I prefer watching things on my phone.

          • standardsdt

            You’d prefer to watch things on a tiny screen, compared to a bigger screen? Wow, that’s a first that I’ve ever heard from someone to admit.

          • MikeKorby

            I stream on my nexus. If I have an issue with the screen size, then I connect it to one of my HDTVs with a micro-to-hdmi.

          • standardsdt

            Right that’s you. But King of Nynex, has not expressed that. If that’s the case, then that is a different story. But to choose a phone over a bigger screen doesn’t make much sense. If the laptop is overheating because of watching videos, then his graphics card or maybe even processor need replacement.

          • Andrew

            I own a computer and I use more data than this guy does. When you use torrents your data jumps up if you seed as well as download. I use my phoen as a mobile hotspot and could never use these new plans.

          • Andrew

            I own a computer and I use more data than this guy does. When you use torrents your data jumps up if you seed as well as download. I use my phone as a mobile hotspot and could never use these new plans.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Time to switch carriers then. Damn Verizon, they like to ruin plans.

        • Timmy

          Read a book.

        • Jon

          are you serious? you use your phone to torrent? gotta be kidding me

          • King of Nynex

            I’m not serious, but man, didn’t expect everyone to start raging.

    • tyguy829

      People like you are the reason for these new plans…

      • fastyzfr1

        Sorry bud.. it doesn’t matter if used that much or not. Verizon and all the carriers are going to keep finding new ways to charge more money. It is called a business not a non-profit. They are just restructuring in ways to lock people into spending more regardless of their plans.. sneaky and very good for shareholders.

      • epyon0

        wrong the iPhone & these companies needing new ways to make $ is the reason. Doesn’t matter about heavy users or not. This would of happened regardless. Data usage is how these companies make big bucks. Reason they push people getting smartphones & not carrying many basic phones anymore.

      • possomcrast1

        Exactly people extremely abusing tethering on a rooted phone for their entire home internet are the reason.

        • Droidzilla

          My RAZR can stream HD Netflix to an HDTV, and that’s a 100% legit usage of the device. What am I going to do that’s more data intensive than that? The whole idea of people “abusing the system” is very outdated with HD video streaming services being built into LTE handsets.

          Streaming HD Netflix is about 2GB/hour. These phones are advertised as being able to stream HD movies to your HDTV. So, if I stream 1, 2 hour movie a day to my TV (just using an advertised feature) and did nothing else, I would be at 120GB a month. Would I be “abusing the system,” or just using my LTE device as advertised?

    • Jojo

      Yea dickbag. You’re the reason carriers do stuff like this.

    • Tom

      You are the people that should be paying 40Gigs is a lot. I normally use about 4Gigs a month and because of that my bill would go up, unless they do the double data program.

      Most of my 4 Gigs is Google Music while in the car. I may be able to knock my data usage down by using WiFi, but that would mean a much slower internet. My 4G LTE blows away any WiFi (3 – 5 on WiFi vs. 10 – 20 on LTE) I use.

    • Michael Quinlan

      Many people (including me) would consider this abuse of an unlimited plan. I understand what unlimited means, but extreme use like this can drive carriers to throttling, or rethinking their data plan offerings. Oh wait, they’ve already discontinued unlimited data. Thanks.

      Not that I really think you or any one user would really have that effect, but it doesn’t help.

      • bigdav1178

        While I too think this guy is more or less abusing the “unlimited” plan, he is hardly the reason unlimited plans went away – Greed is why unlimited plans went away… the same reason we paid unreal rates for text messaging. They can get away with gouging us because there isn’t any real competition – it’s an oligopoly.

      • Droidzilla

        See my reply above. 40GB is hardly an abuse when we are given phones that are advertised as having a blazing fast internet connexion and the ability to stream HD movies. Even using the device “as intended” can get you over 100GB/month no problem; this is with zero tethering. I do 5GB a month easy (sometimes more) with no tethering, and that’s after I dropped Netflix. With Netflix and no tethering, I could hit triple digit GBs without doing anything that would be considered out of the ordinary use of my device.

        • King of Nynex

          I like that people are saying you can “abuse” an unlimited plan. The whole point of “unlimited” is you can use it however much you want.

          • Droidzilla

            This. This times a freaking thousand.

          • Michael Quinlan

            I think the real point of “unlimited” is that you can have reasonable, even occasionally excessive, usage without worrying about overage charges.

  • I barely use 1GB of data (I never use my Xoom on LTE and don’t stream on my GNex) I could move to 2GB plan and save $30 with GNex and Xoom. Why pay for “unlimited” if I am not really going to use it?

    • Droidzilla

      Sell that plan to someone. Every time an unlimited plan gets canceled, a baby kitty is punched to death.

  • More, an assload more. I use somewhere around 7-9GB a month, that’s a $70 difference on the data plan. I don’t even use minutes, maybe 100 a month and texts go through Google Voice. One smartphone and 3 feature phones. That’s $130 for phone access alone and another $100 for data. My brother wanted a smartphone, first time users use an assload of data and we’d be screwed.

    Right now our bill sits at about $160 a month before discount with 4 phones, one being an unlimited smartphone. It’d be about $240 with the new plan and my brother getting a smartphone. Not gonna happen.

  • Ben McDonald

    2 Smartphones and 1 basic phone. Over 2000 minutes used, but less than 1GB total data as almost all of my data usage is at home on wifi… these plans will save me $30-40 per month.

    • Droidzilla

      Sounds like you’re the exception; at least on this site.


    • justincase_2008

      I have 6 lines, 1 dumb phone, 3 smart phones and 2 tablets and it would cost me 270 to have 10gb for all of them. Idk how you got 290 but a 10 gb ($100) plan with 4 smart phones ($160) is 260 pre tax and fee. So still above the 245 you pay now.

      • Tyler Hupp

        His $290 is correct, your math forgot the $30 basic phone for his 5th line

      • RSLP

        He has one other line, +$30 = $290,

        • justincase_2008

          I was thinking he only had 4 lines that had data.

    • Derp


  • I just talked to verizon, they said we still can go with 2gb data instead of shared plans, so that is good. I am in a situation where I just preordered the Galaxy SIII with grandfathered unlimited data but my family can’t buy phones until Aug. So they said that if they buy at retail, they can keep it OR they can buy subsidized and goto 2gb, which is fine for them! This shared data priceing is whacked, seriously what were they thinking lol

  • thtechnologist

    This would kill me and the GF. We actively use the features advertised by VZW and combined hit around 15GB each month (we’re grandfathered unlimited) We’re about to get our son a phone soon as well. Looks like when her contract is up next spring I’ll just pay the ETF and go to sprint, unless they want to bend us over too.

  • Milkweed

    I am saving money if they still apply the 17% corporate discount. Otherwise i will being paying about $10.00 more a month.

  • Brent

    Currently paying $59.99 for 550 minutes shared to 2 droid 4’s as well as $29.99 per line for unlimited data which adds up to $120, between the two lines we’re averaging about 4.5-5 gb between the two phones. On the shared plan at $40 per phone and $80 for 6 gb of data we’d be at $160, that’s a 33% increase in our bill.

    It’s a good thing we’re locked in, just upgraded in February of 2012 so we can sit on our current plan for a while and let the chips play out but chances are we’ll be moving on when our contract is up if things don’t turn around.

  • im the only one on my plan that uses a ton of data right now. i could probably get the 4gb or 6gb plan and be completely ok with 4 smartphones on the plan. it might actually save money, but im going to hold onto my unlimited for dear life

  • Greg

    I have 2 smartphones with 700 minutes and 500 plus text messages. I average for the last 6 months of talking 400 minutes and 100 texting with 3gigs of data and peak at 4. So with all that that I would break even… but… I would like to use data for my phone more but end up doing less because I’m currently still on 3G… when I upgrade to 4G I will do more and will need more data… and thus I would start paying more. Unlimted talk and text means nothing to me.

  • I’ll pay less, but at the expense of losing my unlimited data and having to change my data habits drastically.

    • dk81

      your not really paying less if you have to drastically change your data habits, sounds like you’d be paying more if they stayed the same

    • MrChad

      My bill would be about the same if I chose the 2 GB option. My wife and I only use about 0.5 – 1 GB each on our phones, so that would work. We would lose unlimited data on both phones and gain unlimited talk and texting, but we rarely exceed our minute and texting caps currently.

      • possomcrast1

        If it’s the same amount then why change in the first place?Fuck off Verizon you greedy bastards.

  • Big_EZ

    Currently $170 for 2 smart phones and a feature phone, the new plan would cost $210+, both figures are before taxes.

    • So you plan on using 10 gigs of data amonth?

      • Big_EZ

        At least. I use about 8 gb a month but that’s with me not being able to stream Netflix. Once I can stream Netflix that will go up. My wife uses about 1-1.5 gb a month.

  • Lenesse Berg

    my husband and I use over 10Gs a month…we have 5 lines from adding to upgrade early and it’s less than the new plan for 2 phones……no way could we afford the new plans and not make major changes to our usage. We’ll keep our unlimited as long as possible and most likely drop Verizon when our contracts are up. Working for the government, downloading docs, etc I cannot cut back…so I’ll buy 3rd party to get a new phone or never upgrade.


    We are all eventually going to be that guy in the Verizon parody on SNL.

  • littleneutrino

    My plan would actually cost me about $30 more per month this is ridiculous.

  • Chris Jones

    I laid my situation out in the last article, but after reviewing my bills for the last year I would be fine with 4 GB and save around $10/month.

  • More but only slightly. However if I were to ever go over the limit it could be significant.

  • Dave Diamond

    My bill will be zero. I won’t sign a new contract with the data-share plan, period. If the timing works out so I can buy the Dinc4G I will; otherwise I’ll keep my DincOG forever on my current unlimited contract.

    • capecodcarl

      You could always go out and just buy a used LTE phone and activate that on your line of service.

    • guest

      You could just pre order the top of line gs3? And keep your data for two more years. As it stands the incredible 4g prob won’t come out till after the 28 I’d say.

    • why don’t you buy gsIII than sell it and make a profit?

  • M

    Currently on a plan with 4 smartphones, 3 of which use minimal data and 1 that ends up using in between 1 and 2 gigs a month. 3 of the phones are 4G phones, mine is a D3 and even though I use the most data of the group I will actually save money.

  • My situation:

    2 smartphones and 1 feature phone on a 700 minute plan. My monthly bill is right around $170 (that’s before a corporate discount).

    If I were to switch to shared data, my bill would jump up to at least $180. At $40 per smartphone and $30 for the feature phone, with a 4GB data plan at $70, we are losing money. And I went low and said that we each use around 2GB of data. If I went more realistic, I should have gone with the 6GB plan (to be safe) and that would have brought us up to $190 or $20 more than we currently pay.

    (The feature phone is weird I know, but I had been using it as a placeholder for upgrade reasons.)

    • Android1997

      Off topic, But is the Razr getting ics today?

    • Dang, Droid Life has a corporate discount?! #Baller


    • Casey P

      I’ve got essentially the same setup for my family. The other issue I have is that my second daughter WAS going to be getting a phone next year as well, with basic voice (for emergencies) only. On our current set-up, that would only cost me $10/month more, plus another $5/month for the security/family protection stuff. Compare that to now spending $30/month to add her line after June 28th! Looks like she’ll be getting her phone about 8 months before her birthday now…and I’ll be getting everyone else that’s eligible upgraded and locked in before this changes as well.

    • Tristan Cunha

      That’s very similiar to my setup, 1 smart phone, and 1 feature phone. Even going with only 2gb/month on the new plan (and assuming that the occasional month I go over would be cheaper than paying more all the time) I’d still end up paying more. Besides obviously charging more for data, they’re also charging everyone for unlimited text and talk. We barely use any of our monthly minutes, or any texts. This might be a good deal for some people, but it takes away a cheaper option for a lot of people too.
      Maybe their plan is to make the cost of owning a smartphone seem like less of a step up from a basic phone now?

    • Aryeh Hersh

      Similar situation for me. 2 smartphones (unlimited) and 3 feature, currently @ 209 b4 corp disc. New plan would be $170 just for the phone. only @ 1gb of data is it break even. Realistically we need minimum of 4 if not significantly more.

    • EC8CH

      That’s almost my exact same family plan. 2 smartphones (one unlimited, one tiered) and one basic phone on 700 minute plan. I’m at 160/month and that doesn’t leave you much money to buy their shared data.

      This is a total rip for people who don’t need unlimited talk and text.

    • Just Curious

      We have 2 Smartphones and 1 feature phone. Both smart phones are Unlimited data and one smartphone has 5000 texts for 20. Our total after the corporate discount is 161 including 1400 minutes. Why is yours so much?

      • My bill for two smatphones and one dumbphone is 160 without any discounts. But I have only 700 minutes and no text.

    • WickedToby741

      The only silver lining to this is the hotspot feature if true. If everyone with a smartphone had these feature standard, that ups the value to the plan, even if the data is the same.

    • I’m in exactly the same situation as Kellex.