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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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  • 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.