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Verizon Announces Share Everything Plans, Starting at $50 for 1GB of Data and Unlimited Talk/Text

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Here they are, folks, shared data plans or as Verizon is referring to them – Share Everything Plans. They just came across the wire and are definitely an interesting approach to wireless plans. This new plan structure will debut on June 28. Let’s try to talk through exactly what we have here. 

Verizon is offering unlimited minutes and texting and then adding on set amounts of data at an account level. The fees start with a monthly access fee which is basically where you choose the amount of data that you think your family will use:  1GB for $50, 2GB for $60, 4GB for $70, 6GB for $80, 8GB for $90, and 10GB for $100. Then, you start adding on devices (up to 10) which each come with their own fee:  smartphones for $40 each, feature phones for $30, Jetpacks/USB dongles/Notebooks/Netbooks for $20, and tablets for $10.

For example, if your family has 2 smartphone lines and 1 feature phone ($40 per smartphone and $30 for the feature phone) and you want 6GB of data shared between all of you, add on $80 to the $110 for the devices and your bill is roughly $190 (or a tad more with fees and taxes). If you have a 4G LTE tablet, you can add that to the account for $10. You can also add a hotspot plan on for free (or they are simply included), but just remember, that it pulls from that 6GB of data that you are all sharing.

Here is an an example of what my current plan looks like – 2 smartphones and 1 feature phone on a 700 minute plan with 2 unlimited data packages. We pay $10 per line ($30 total) plus $30 for each unlimited data package and $80 for the 700 minute plan. My bill is roughly $170 each month.

If you go over your data limit, you pay $15 per 1GB. If you need more than 10GB per month to start, you can add on an additional 2GB for $10.

As you can tell, and probably could have guessed long ago, this is a monumental switch off of caring about minutes and texting and focusing everything on data. The minutes and texting are never a worry with these plans since they are unlimited, but you now have to start monitoring how much data your family is using. There is no longer an unlimited option at all and the highest amount of data you can buy per month is 10GB for $100 (unless you add more for an additional $10). If you have the full 10 devices attached to an account, that gives you 1GB per device per month, which as you can imagine, is not a lot.

*We broke this whole situation down into a “basics” type of post that you may want to check out.

*Don’t forget, there are ways to keep your unlimited data plan.

*Be sure to vote in our poll and tell us if these new plans would save your money or cost you more.

*We now have info on corporate employee discounts here.

Here is Verizon’s site that details everything.

VERIZON WIRELESS UNVEILS NEW SHARE EVERYTHING PLANS FOR BASIC PHONES, SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND MORE

Share Data with up to 10 Verizon Wireless Devices; Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Messages and Mobile Hotspot Included in All Smartphone Plans

 BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced Share Everything Plans that will forever change the way customers purchase wireless services.  Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices.  In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge.  The groundbreaking Share Everything Plans debut on June 28 and will be available to new, as well as existing, customers who may wish to move to the new plans.

“Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service.  They are simple; customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are unlimited.  Share Everything Plans are convenient; customers purchase one data plan and they share it with up to 10 mobile devices.  And, they are worry-free; customers can connect their 3G or 4G devices wherever and whenever they want on America’s most reliable network.”

How Share Everything Plans Work

To get started on a Share Everything Plan, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts.  The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50.  Customers adding a tablet on their Share Everything Plans can do so for an additional $10, with no long-term contract requirement. The following matrix shows pricing for an account with several different devices, such as a smartphone, a tablet and a basic phone, billed to the same individual.

Step 1

Step 2

Monthly Line Access

(per device)

Shared

Minutes

Shared

Messages

Shared

Data

Monthly Account Access

(shared with up to   10 devices)

Smartphones – $40Basic Phone -30Jetpacks/USBs/Notebooks/Netbooks – $20Tablets – $10

Unlimited

Unlimited

1 GB

$50

Unlimited

Unlimited

2 GB

$60

Unlimited

Unlimited

4 GB

$70

Unlimited

Unlimited

6 GB

$80

Unlimited

Unlimited

8 GB

$90

Unlimited

Unlimited

10 GB

$100

There are separate plans for accounts with only basic phones, or data only devices such as USB modems or Jetpack Mobile Hotspots at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.

“When developing these plans, we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan.  We also looked at the technology and how customers were using it to manage their lives.  And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future,” Erwin added.  “Share Everything Plans are the outcome of that research.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.  Share Everything Plans represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service.”

Switch to a Share Everything Plan

Customers are free to keep their existing plans, but there is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans.  To help customers determine the best Share Everything Plan option, Verizon Wireless has created an easy to use online tool at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything. 

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

  • Doreen

    It will cost our family $70.00 more per month with1 smart phone and 4 basic phones!!!!! Switching to AT@T!!!!!!!! Not everyone can afford 5 smart phones for their family!!!!! VERIZON SUCKS!!!!!

  • http://www.topfiveawards.com/ Top Five Awards

    Sheesh, even our double data plans work out to be cheaper since we only have 2 data phones. 4GB/$30 each. We’d have to switch to 4GB to get the same pricing. No thanks!

  • Guest

    > Verizon Announces Share Everything Plans, Starting at $50 for 1GB of

    > Data and Unlimited Talk/Text

    Wow! Only $50 for 1GB, and unlimited minutes, and unlimited texting.
    Oh wait… droid-life totally forgot about the $40 you ALSO have to pay.

    $50+$40 = $90

    $90 is NOT $50

    Wait, it gets worse: That extra “forgotten” $40… is *PER* phone.

    You can’t “share” without a least 2 phones.
    So that’s really $40+$40+$50.

    $130 is NOT $50.

  • Greyhame

    Dear VZW, FAAAAAAAACK YOOUUUUUU.

  • http://twitter.com/beestang06 J Lee

    I have a question. I currently have 3 smartphone with unlimited data. When my son gets a year or two older I was going to get him a phone. When I add him to my account in a year, will I still be able to keep the other three lines on unlimited or does verizon see this as a change in contract?

  • Christopher Kennedy

    I spoke with a VZW rep about this and she said that current family plan holders could maintain their base plan with the $10 add-on per line, and just go for the shared data. If this is the case (and it sounds too good to be true) it could make the pill easier to swallow for people with multiple smartphones. Currently for example we have 3 smartphones and a basic phone, so our services total $190/month (80 for two lines, 10/ea for two more, $30×3 for data on the smartphones). Keep the 80+10/ea for two lines and add the 6 gigs (which we have now) and we actually save $10 a month. Like I said it’s unlikely that this is actually the case but it’s worth trying when the plans roll out.

  • Jumbo McNasty

    Add data ROLLOVER and MAYBE this is a better deal…not really but it’d be nice

  • duke69111

    Ok. I have one smartphone line and three feature phones on my account. So what if I want to keep my unlimted smartphone line, but take two of the feature phones on my account and put just the two phones on the shared plan…can that happen or do all lines have to make the switch to shared?

  • Redflea

    So what happens if you have two smartphone lines w/unlimited data, and then upgrade a third line already on your account from its current dumbphone to a smartphone? Can you assign a tiered data plan (e.g., 2 GB/$30) for that line and keep the existing lines unlimited?

    • Redflea

      NVM…had a chat w/verizon rep, who confirmed that upgrading another line after 6/28 to a subsidized smartphone will not affect existing unlimited smartphone lines.

      VZW:*So let’s say that you do have 4 lines on your account and the first two have the unlimited data. You can upgrade the 3rd and 4th lines and it will not do anything to the other lines. If you upgrade line 1 [which has unlimited data], then you need to change the plan [and lose unlimited data]. If you upgrade line 2 [which has unlimited data], you will need to change the plan for that line [and lose unlimited data].

      VZW:*So even if you upgrade your 3rd or 4th lines, you do not have to go to the Share Everything plans [for the entire account].

      VZW:*You will still have the Single Line data plans that we currently offer available. [for the upgraded third or fourth lines]. There will just now be more plans available with the Share Everything Plans.
      VZW:*Our current data packages are 2GB for $30, 5GB for $50, and 10GB for $80 a month. There will still be available after the switch.

  • sth

    The only thing I really don’t understand is….why are FEATURE PHONES $30 and TABLETS only $10??????????

    • sth

      I actually realized tablets don’t text or talk…..my bad.

  • Magnious

    With this new plan, my bill will jump from $170/mo to over $200/mo after taxes and the 6GB plan. (1 smartphone & 2 basic). I have a smartphone, and my mom & dad have a regular phone. Sprint is going to cost me $149.99 for my 3 phones (Unlimited Everything). AT&T will limit me to 5GB of data, but I will keep my current minutes & text usage for only $149.99 as well. I am already paying more than both companies, because I love verizon, and I’ve been with them forever. But with the others being almost $50/mo cheaper..I think it’s time to jump ship. This sucks so bad!! :-(

  • Emilio Figueroa

    What happens in the mean time if you have 2 devices on a shared plan while the other two in your account are still in their contracts? Do you have to pay more because of the fragmented plans?

  • GovGeek

    Supply, demand, and captivity. Create a cloud based generation, once subscribers have their lives in the cloud, begin to charge extra for access to the cloud’s assets. Golden Goose for suppliers.

  • jjt to save the day

    These people have lost their ever-loving minds! Does anyone remember when you signed your unlimited data plan? Did you read anywhere in the fine print that at some point in the future they could change the rules like this? You can force Verizon to prove that their original contract allowed for these changes. If enough people do this, as well as calling the FCC, it could, if not cause Verizon to “reconsider”, at least make the FCC hold up their plan to institute the policy.

    If you are wondering, YES they do respond to FCC complaints, I know because I have done it. It involved their throttling of some unlimited data users. I got a call from the Executive Relations Office. Here’s a contact in that office…. Have fun with it!

    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 data crap _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!!!

  • Aaa

    What I don’t get: If mobile hotspot is free, why add on a tablet (and a subsequent $10/mo) to your plan?

  • http://www.facebook.com/AjFreimuth Tony J. Freimuth

    I wonder if this would let us get out of our current contracts without an ETF…

  • Miller Lite

    I feel for those that never use data and will get a $50 shaft regardless!

  • http://twitter.com/NotAnotherTW Jordan Friedman

    You know, if Verizon dropped the price per device to $20 for smartphones and $10 for dumbphones this actually wouldn’t be too bad. Most families would save a lot of money on that.

  • I AM MYSTERION

    I plan on staying with Verizon until I get a new phone in a couple of years since I just got the Droid Razor Max. This plan is built for families and puts a lot of the cost factor onto plans with a singles phone.