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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.

  • jonboi78

    The only way this is saving anyone any money is if you are already on an unlimited plan. I have four lines and we share 1400 minutes and I don’t need unlimited talk time. Not crazy about this.

    • noc007

      Do you mean it saves VZW money for when people change from unlimited? I have two unlimited plans now and 1400 minutes; switching would only get us 2Gb to share for about the same amount of money.

      They’re still charging the same amount to add a phone and data plan ($10/extra line + $30 for data) except now they’re saying you have to share data.

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    So is my math right here? 2 smart phones and 1 tablet…. 90 dollars before I even select a plan? So I would probably need 8 gee beez… so 180 bucks total. So I would save… 20 dollars. That’s not terrible… but they definitely need bigger plans to support more devices.

    • Justin

      There is higher plans up to 30 gb that are not listed here

  • Brian

    I’ve got two smart phones, averaging 4-5 GB data between the two per month. I currently pay ~$140 for service, ~$155 after taxes and surcharges. To get 6GB data plus the two smart phones, I’m now going to be paying $160 for service plus taxes and surcharges. My bill will end up going up approx. $20/month if I switch and I’ll have to grow as more data is used. Frustrating.

  • Detonation

    So is there no option now other than unlimited talk/text for family plans? We cut costs on our bill by dropping to 700 minutes and would never have a need for unlimited.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    I still have quite some time left on my contract, but the second they try and force this on me is the second I am gone. I know companies need to make money, but this is nothing short of pure scumbag greed.

  • Shadowcell

    Lovely, I thought the new shared plans wouldn’t come until July not the end of June. I haven’t upgraded to a 4G phone yet but if they are deliberately holding onto the Droid Incredible till the 28th I’ll be forced to get something like a Galaxy Nexus or a Razr. -_-

  • Matt Gondek

    Also, love the early start to DL on the East Coast!

  • EC8CH

    At least they are “including the mobile hotspot at no additional charge”.

    Paying extra for tethering when you are on tiered data is one of the biggest scams ever conceived.

    • http://twitter.com/DaCatalyst Clayton Anderson

      I don’t pay for tethering anyway. There’s an app for that! This is HOT GAWBAGE!

      • EC8CH

        no doubt this is no help to root users, but at least they are going away from charging tiered data users an additional tethering fee, which is straight up evil.

    • Eric Souza

      But considering how much they’re bumping the prices up, they might as well have just folded the mobile hotspot fee into this new plan.

  • http://twitter.com/JayMulhollen Jay Mulhollen

    I am tied into Verizon for one more year but I cancelled one line to test the new program by Straighttalk where you can just buy a straighttalk sim card and place it into any GSM phone and get unlimited everything for $45/month. I have had it 1 week now and it works fantastic. I even ported a number and activated the device within 10 minutes. If Verizon is going to charge these ungodly rates, I am swithing everything over to straight talk. I refuse to pay these increasing fees by Verizon

    • http://about.me/bob_schwartz BWSchwartz

      Just don’t use too much of your “unlimited data” with Straight Talk. I did the same thing you did and after streaming a bit too much Pandora they informed me via text message that I need to stop using so much data or they would cancel my account. Read the fine print

      • http://twitter.com/74md Steve

        lame that they would do that. I wish republic wireless ($19/month no contract) could add 3g/4g somehow. if they did I would switch in a heartbeat

  • Destroythanet

    Anyone with an upgrade who wanted to wait for the RAZR HD are now SOL.

    • EC8CH

      just pay full retail

  • Fingers Crossed

    …so I can use 6gb/month like usual while the other two lines combine for about 3gb/month and we all have unlimited minutes and text….for $100 with the 10gb plan? So no $10 added line charge? If that is how this is to be interpreted, then I will not only save a bunch of money, but I won’t have to use less data….I definitely need some clarification because that is TOO good to be true. Pr-ordered the S3 day 1 just to keep unlimited but I might not have needed to. Really wanted that Razr HD.

    • Matt Gondek

      First column gives you the $40/month smartphone access fee, $30 for feature phones. Which is ridiculous for the basic phones…

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      From what I read:
      $40 for each smartphone x 3 = $120, + $100 for 10GB shared data
      Monthly access = $220, and there is NO WAY to reduce that number by removing features. Rest assured, this will not save the average user money.

      • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

        And this includes Unlimited Voice for ALL included phones?

        • krisguy

          UNL voice, SMS, MMS is included according to the press release.

    • RSLP

      Nope. $220. Plus tax. So about $240.

    • http://www.facebook.com/is.user Stephen Lucas

      The problem is the future for alot of us who will stream more and more data with the cloud. Right now it may not be that big of deal as far as the data caps. However, a year from now I can see the data being a big issue the direction most services are going.

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      NOPE. Each smartphone access fee is $40/month (not $10 anymore). As RSLP said… 3phones x $40 = $120 + $100 for 10/GB = $220+BS… OUCH

  • JoeInMO

    Verizon is doing everything possible to eliminate the benefits of a smartphone. $50 per month for 1GB of data? That’s INSANE.

  • bobo

    1 GB…lolz.

    I would rather cut my allowable voice minutes and texts versus my data. This plan would’ve been a good deal back in 2005.

    • InvaderDJ

      I understand why they don’t do this (make smaller voice and text limits), they don’t do it because voice and texts are a negligible strain on the network and having them be unlimited makes their plans look like a good deal to people who don’t know how much they actually call and text.

      But it still sucks so hard. I could get away with 100min in a month easily. And since I use Google Voice I could get away with 200 texts. Even if I didn’t, I could get away with under 1000 messages. But what I really need is data and every carrier, even prepaid is determined to make us pay an arm and leg for it.

    • http://twitter.com/Andr0_X Andr0_X

      Yeah so would a lot of people. That’s why their doing this. They know moving forward minutes and texts don’t matter as much as they used too. So they make it look pretty with free minutes and text to rail in most who have no idea the amount of data they will consume.

  • Matt Gondek

    Wait a minute…”
    Smartphones – $40Basic Phone – $30Jetpacks/USBs/Notebooks/Netbooks – $20″ When can I get myself a VZW JETPACK?!?!?!

    • Tony Allen

      You might want one now, but wait until you see the special access taxes and fees on one of those ;)

  • Dave S

    If the monthly access fees were half that it might be enticing. But $80 for two phones, then another $80 to cover our data use, plus taxes, puts us at least $10 over what we spend now.

    No thanks.

  • Justin

    You guys are only listing half of the data packages. It goes all the way up to 30 gb!

  • maxkobi

    the math i do right now with my plan, 2 people locked into unlimited, 1 with a normal data plan and 2 more that will soon be upgrading will put us at around 290 a month but that gives 2 people unlimited and the rest 2gigs… how is this anywhere near a better deal? i would have to pay 300 for 2 gigs each… sorry this plan is looking like a bust unless your big on tablets and your computer getting a dongle because its only + 10 bucks for tabs and +20 or laptops… if your phone only this looks like it will hurt the bottom line

    • InvaderDJ

      If you switch to this you will lose your unlimited data. You would have to have an entirely seperate plan for your unlimited devices and then this shared everything plan.

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      this situation is where things get really confusing. could you move the already-tiered lines or upgraded to a new account without paying ETF? also, if you didn’t subsidize, and the two “upgraded” lines didn’t already have data, would that force you into a shared data plans since per-line data wiould no longer be available?
      I’m thinking you need to talk to a VZW rep and get your account split up how you want/need it before this hits.

  • chris125

    Wow these plans are shitty. Ill stick with my current plan and buy full price. Nobody will buy into these plans.

  • all

    They asked the customer lol really who customer?

  • htowngtr

    It’s not terrible if you have multiple devices. If just two phones it’s not cheaper.

  • 1MPR0BUS

    CNET also reported that Verizon hinted that you can no longer extend Unlimited Data into a new subsidized contract post June 26th. Which isn’t as big a deal as people make it out to be. Look at it this way. Say right now you are on unlimited and use 6-7 Gigs of data per month. Currently that costs you about $30. On a new tiered plan for data you are looking at $70ish for that same amount of data. So if you own your device for 2 years to continue getting subsidized phones you will pay $1680 for data alone plus say $300 for a top of the line phone which totals $1980 over 2 years. Now if you choose to buy a non subsidized phone you will spend $650ish on it but your data at $30 per month over 2 years only costs you $720. So $720+$650= $1370 which means by buying an unsubsidized phone while keeping unlimited data over 2 years is actually $610 cheaper. Just some food for thought.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

      Everyone please read this. The only way customers will win against the carriers is if this method is adopted. Even if you can’t swap the phones from carrier to carrier, buying direct from the oem is the best way to make the carriers sweat. No contract means no guaranteed revenue. If there is a way in the future to flip the device between att/vzw (doubt it, they use different lte frequencies) then we’ll really have a war on our hands. I’m pretty sure both companies agreed to use different frequencies though, in order to protect the viability of the subsidized device w /contract.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        the ability to swap is completely dependent upon the radio manufacturer and oem. if they include frequencies for the LTE of VZW, ATT, T-MO, and Sprint in one device, it could theorectically be activated on any network with minimal effort. THAT would truly screw with all the networks.

        • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

          The carriers will blackball any manufacturer that made such a phone, in the past there have been a few phones like that but those were super expensive (>$2000) ultra luxury units sold in places like Sharper Image.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

            Well, it might be easier with LTE now that I think about it, I think @twitter-423074326:disqus may be on to something. We aren’t talking CDMA/GSM/LTE chipsets once voice-over-LTE becomes a reality. It would be just like having a quad-band world phone. I mean, if it supports all frequencies and doesn’t need to touch VZW’s CMDA network, then I guess there’s nothing Big Red can do to stop it, right? at least they’re getting your money… although, I originally spoke to this point to support the idea of NOT giving Verizon money lol

      • Sp4rxx

        That’s all well and good if you happen to be one of the few people that can cleanly drop $650 out the gate on a phone…..

        Otherwise, us NORMAL people that don’t have that kind of cash just sitting around to be spent get screwed by the corporate beast.

        • Chuckers

          Being screwed by the corporate beast means spending that $650+ in higher monthly bills.

          NORMAL people know how to save.

          • 1MPR0BUS

            I didn’t want to reply to him earlier for fear of sounding mean but why would you voluntarily spend more money over the time of your contract instead of saving money for the 2 years and buying a device outright… I agree Normal people know how to manage their money.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

            yeah, but the extra data cost plus $30 for every upgrade is WAAY more than what I would pay by getting a phone at full retail and keeping my unlimited data. Get a coin jar and get to saving ;) lol

        • KleenDroid

          You are going to spend $300 for a new phone anyway. Why not save up another week to pay $600 and save a lot of money long term? Verizon counts on people making poor decisions.

          • feetz

            Does VZW reduce the price of service if you go non-contract?

          • Nick

            No, but the whole reason to stay non-contract would be to keep unlimited, which someone above has pointed out will save $1300 over two years if you use 5gb of data a month, vs going to shared data.

          • Sp4rxx

            @KleenDroid You must make a lot of money to have a spare 300 after bills are paid off. That’s A LOT of money to get in one week …SPARE.

            I’m glad you can afford a phone outright because I sure can’t

          • Nick

            Then you shouldn’t be buying an expensive smartphone, which is a luxury. Someone above has already done the math, and buying subsidized phone will result in a contract that will cost an additional $1300 over two years. Maybe the reason you can’t save up to buy a $600 phone every two years is because you are only concerned with the right now, which is a very stupid way to manage money. Start saving for your next phone when you buy your current one. $600 over 24 months is 25$ a month. That’s less than half the price increase cause by going from high-usage unlimited to high-usage shared. And don’t say normal people can’t afford it. I’m a poor college student and I can afford things like this just fine, i just manage my limited money wisely.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

            double post :(

          • KleenDroid

            Really? Then wait however long it takes to save the money. And if you can never save it up then don’t buy a phone.

          • Common Sense

            What?! I don’t understand this concept and I’m a normal person, so you are full of jibberish! Now I’m going to go buy an Escalade on an 8 year loan.

          • KleenDroid

            You don’t understand the concept of not buying a phone that you can’t afford? I don’t understand what you don’t understand.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

            it doesn’t have to be a NEW phone. The galaxy nexus, which is still in the top tier of smartphones, has already dropped to ~$400. Selling old phone+buying “like new” phone= a reasonable hit to the ole’ pocketbook

          • Guest

            How much you do save?
            I’d much rather buy a $199 phone… and (maybe) pay a $350 cancel fee.
            Instead of buying a $700 phone…. just to (maybe) avoid paying $549.
            You end up with exactly the same phone… for a lot less money.

            Unsubsidized phone are ALWAYS a very bad move.

      • siphyn

        Seriously, the only way to put the heat on the major carriers is for everyone to start buying unlocked phones and using mvno carriers like Europe does. MVNOs like straight talk that offer unlimited everything for $50. Until Americans start doing that, even if you buy your phone outright, you’re still giving the big three your money at the end of the month, and because of that, they will continue to screw people with high priced tiered data plans.

        • AlexKCMO

          The problem is reliability. I need my phone to work… everywhere.

          • siphyn

            Thats the thing, MVNO carriers use the major carrier networks. With straight talk you get your choice of either at&t or t-mobiles network. That should be reliable enough for most people. Granted, if you live in the country, I could see why Verizon would be the better choice. Straight Talk is just one MVNO. There are plenty more to choose from.

          • Jordan

            Heres where you’re wrong. They use major carriers networks to an extent. Only the the towers that they pay for are usable by their customers. If what you’re saying is the case, why wouldn’t everyone switch to The Revol’s and the Straight talks.

          • siphyn

            The reason why is phone subsidies. Americans don’t want to pay more than $199 for a phone. With most mvnos its required that you buy your phone outright. So instead of using an mvno people here pay $100+ dollars a month but only pay $199 for the phone, which ends up being more costly over 2 years. Another reason is advertising.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

            I don’t think this is the case. I think the carriers push the contracts down our throats. That’s why the retailers (Best Buy, indirects, etc.) charge a higher amount for full-retail. Best Buy could easily negotiate to get a samsung phone cheaper than VZW gets it for (VZW buys samsung phones, BB buys phones, refrigerators, mp3 players, televisions, and more). That’s why the carriers lock their phones to a network.

          • Guest

            You might not have to pay the monthly fee to the SAME carrier for 2 years… but you will always have to pay SOME carrier for 2 years.
            (Your phone is useless otherwise.)

          • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

            Then you need a satellite phone, because no terrestrial mobile phone works anywhere close to “everywhere”

          • AlexKCMO

            VZW comes pretty damn close. I’ve never been anywhere I needed my phone to work and it doesn’t.

          • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

            As always YMMV, I carry a personal T-Mobile phone and a work AT&T phone and regularly ride with a friend who has a VZW phone. It’s extremely rare that we are in a place where the AT&T phone doesn’t have signal and the VZW phone does, and it’s just as likely for the opposite to be true. (obviously the TMO coverage is a joke compared to either 95% of the time)

          • Laki S.

            My Droid didn’t work in West VA while my boyfriend’s AT&T iPhone did. We spent a day at the range there and it was more than a little irritating to have spotty voice and absolutely no data for the entire day. We were in Martinsburg, right across the border from VA.

    • EC8CH

      Agree… fight back and buy unsubsidized. Help put an end to this sh!t.

    • r0lct

      If you are not on a contract I would imagine at some point they can force you to change plans. Not saying they will, but no contract means no guarantee.

      • 1MPR0BUS

        While I believe this is true I also believe that Verizon is from the standpoint that if enough boneheaded people feed the beast they won’t worry so much about the small percentage of us who have half a brain and do what’s financially smarter.

        • capecodcarl

          Besides, any abusers can be quietly kicked off the network by claiming some terms of service violation to cut down the number of unlimited users. Any non-abusers (people using less than the 2GB/month “average”) are probably background noise and can be safely absorbed indefinitely.

          • Alex.

            I’ve been on a grandfathered plan for years and although they keep trying to persuade me into the new nationwide plans, I have been able to keep it the same.

      • T4rd

        Exactly. We’ll see how Verizon handles it as customers contracts expire, but they have no obligation to keep you on your current plan or pricing after your contract is over. But at least on the flip side, you have on obligation to stay with them at that point an can move to another carrier with no penalty. I’m hoping by then Sprints LTE network is somewhat widespread and will be a decent option to defect to (as long as they still offer unlimited data at that point). I have almost two years still before I have to worry about it though. Maybe if I go to a corporate store nearby I can drug deal a new contract with my current plan/pricing too =/.

        • r0lct

          unfortunately since phones aren’t carrier unlocked if Verizon does change plans it’ll cost people to move and that’s really the reason we’re in the place to begin with. There’s no direct competition between ATT and Verizon without buying a new phone.

          • T4rd

            Yeah, but at that point you are either ready to buy a new (subsidized) phone anyways or you can sell your current phone and make up at least most of the cost of moving (say if you had just bought a new $600 phone and they change your plan/pricing, you can sell it and buy a new phone for your next carrier).

      • Bionic

        exactly

    • Lee Winters

      Verizon seems to have lost touch with its customer base…..just like Netflix did. I forsee lots of customers jumping ship like I did. My family is now on Walmart family mobile for $45 for unlimited talk and unlimited texting with 8 gigs of data for $40. Suck it big red!

      • AlexKCMO

        1) Where do you live (I promise I’m not a stalker)?
        2) Where I live (Kansas City, MO; I travel to Miami frequently) every cell carrier sucks compared to VZW. The speed sucks (downloading that 30 MB app over 3G not such a good idea on Sprint), the reliability sucks, and VZW 4G is unparalleled.

        • EvanTheGamer

          And this is what Verizon hopes to bank on. Seriously, their speeds are incredible, which also makes the switch that much more painful(if we switch..). But their new rates are just too damn high now. I mean, we’ve been with Verizon(along with lots of others) for years, and this is how they repay us for our loyalty? All they care about is money anymore, and I’m f’n sick of it. I hope everyone leaves ‘em and that makes them lower the prices again, but..that’s pretty doubtful.

      • Bionic

        good luck getting a signal out in the boonies or on a road trip out west. I went camping with my friend in Montana, i had signal from verizon, he didnt.

        • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

          Different phones and networks work better in some areas than others. I carry a T-Mobile personal phone as well as an AT&T (LTE) work phone, I regularly ride with a friend who has a VZW phone.

          Obviously the TMO phone has the worst coverage but almost never are we in a place where my AT&T phone doesn’t have signal and his VZW phone does. Sure it happens once in a while but no more often than us being in a place where the AT&T phone has signal and the VZW phone does not.
          Occasionally we are in some strange alternate universe where the only one of the three that has signal is T-Mobile which is always hilarious.

          • Bionic

            true enough, but you get what you pay for, and im paying for the best signal, in 9 out of 10 cases.

      • EvanTheGamer

        I’d rather ride a tornado than ever having anything to do with that wretched company(Wal-…). lol – Also, doubt the speeds are as great as Verizon’s though, this I doubt very, very much.

    • Rich

      Don’t be Dumb… You can’t keep unlimited data.. The CEO said Grandfathered plans will no longer exist… And WHEN you RENEW, you WILL BE PAYING MORE A MONTH…

      • 1MPR0BUS

        The point of my argument is you don’t renew your contract… Perhaps you should read, think, read again, think again, and then type before idiocy spills forth from your fingertips.

      • AlexKCMO

        So what you do is never change your plan. Buy unsubsidized (full price) and walk into the store and ask them to swap out the phone.

    • jjt to save the day

      Well, I can afford to pay upfront for my device, but so many folks don’t have my resources. It’s true that financially it makes sense to buy an unsubsidized device… if indeed you can afford it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/UWILLNEVERFINDME Andre Ruano

      Just be careful not to lose or break or worse to that phone and treat it like gold for those two years. Buying a new phone every single time or going through insurance can still be expensive even off contract.

      • aaron

        Buy it from best buy …get black tie protection. Win.

    • Me

      You seem to be basing this on one person. These plans are for families. You need to add in the data for, say, 2 lines at least plus the cost of 2 new phones.

      Old (unlimited)- $60/mo for data (2 lines) x 2 yrs.=1440 + 1300 (2 phones off contract at $650 each)= Total: $2740

      New share plans- $80/mo for 6gb data x 2 yrs.= 1920 + 600 (2 phones on contract at $300 each)= 2520

      New plan saves $220.

      I don’t agree with the way VZW has been doing things. I just wanted to mention this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Budhu/776509535 Andy Budhu

        you forgot the $40 per smart phone. 2×40=$80+$80
        /mo for 6gb data =$160 per month.

    • Guest

      > Say right now you are on unlimited and use 6-7 Gigs of data per month.
      Currently
      > that costs you about $30. On a new tiered plan for data you
      are looking at $70ish
      > for that same amount of data.

      So *DOUBLE* the price… is “not a big deal” to you?

      Want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge from me?

    • Bauce40

      Best Buy offers 18 month no interest financing a lot of times. If you purchase the phone outright without contract, you can finance the difference of the subsidized phone vs non-subsidized phone for less monthly than what the difference will be from your unlimited plan to the new shared plan

  • yel

    $50 for 1 GB is ludicrous

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasonryantyler Jason Tyler

      couldn’t agree more. these are insanely priced for their customers

      • EvanTheGamer

        I fu*king HOPE everyone leaves screwed up Big Bastards and they go out of business due to screwing over it’s MOST LOYAL OF CUSTOMERS!

        I want to break something right now. Seriously.

    • Mario

      Its actually $90 for 1GB if you have a smartphone -_- … does anyone remember the time when $30 would get you unlimited data? WTF is happening here!

      • Dan

        if you add in the talk and text I believe your $30 becomes at least $70, to make your comparison somewhat plausable.

        • Jake

          Yes, but they will compare it to “Unlimited” talk and text plans from today as a way to make it look like a “Value”!

          This is a mess. It wouldn’t be so bad if everyone already had all the smartphones they may eventually want for their family on unlimited plans. My kids are 3 and 5 though so I am a ways off from that point.

          If there were at data only option and that made the “smartphone” per device fee negligible or better yet nothing I could see this setup as plausible. As it stands though the per device fees make it totally ridiculous if you don’t talk and text much.

        • Chuckers

          Dan’s right, but still that leaves us paying $20 more in this situation and going from unlimited to 1GB. This is exactly why I left Netflix and never looked back.

          Can’t jack my bill 80% and give me nothing in return.

      • http://twitter.com/BriCo84 Brian Cohen

        $20 for unlimited data here :)

    • T4rd

      Edit: nevermind. Didn’t see the “Monthly access fee”. This is total garbage is is much worse than before =(.

      • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

        How do you figure it’s cheaper than before for bare minimum?

    • r0lct

      Prepare ship for ludicrous speed.

  • burkett375

    My plan would go up $60+tax!!!!! And WITHOUT unlimited data for me and the wife!

  • Destroythanet

    Wow, this “deal” is even crappier than I thought it would be.

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      I almost thought they weren’t going to be “that bad”. I read $50 1GB (bad) and was thinking monthly access $10 (good) maybe ($20 still decent)…. wrong, $40 -My mistake.

  • dragonflyr

    wow. GET BENT.

  • Mario

    Thanks Verizon for once again bending over your customers..

  • r0lct

    They desperately need to retrain us to pay more for data as in the next couple years it’s all going to be data and there’s no reason to pay for minutes and text. So this is the intermediary step to keep their MRC from going down.

  • marty jones

    I’m concerned you’re not waking up early enough to service your eastern time zone devotees who pay so much to access this site

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevan.link Kevan Link

    This is so much worse than I thought it could be. I would have considered it to buy my mom a smartphone without getting a full data plan for her that she doesn’t need. After this a will sticking with my unlimited, thank you very much.

  • e_droid

    What does this mean for those of us who have pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy SIII on VZW?

    • Shadowcell

      Nothing. You’re set in stone.

  • MD

    I use at least 5 gigs of data a month…no way this is going to work for me

  • Mario

    $40 smartphone fee for each phone? So if I have 2 phones that $50 dollar plan is actually $130 correct?

    • Detonation

      Yep for a whopping 1GB to share

      • Mario

        Damn… talk about getting screwed over..

  • Detonation

    “The groundbreaking Share Everything Plans debut on June 28″
    How convenient, the day the GSIII comes out…

    • Larizard

      LMAO noticed that too

    • http://twitter.com/joscross Joe Cross

      great… my upgrade is the 30th

      • Travis

        You can upgrade 7 days early at any premium retailer (non corporate store) . I don’t know if best buy or target would work as well.

      • Jason Smith

        go to the store, my rep said i could do it a week early

  • Kris Brandt

    10 GB for $100? I suppose that’s good if you have 4 smartphones and you all use less than 10 GB. It would save $20 a month… yeah, I don’t see me going with their new plans anytime soon.

    edit: and then I saw the $40 per device. Yeah, that pushes it into a more expensive range.

  • MrEnglish

    …”we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan…” Really? I didn’t get that memo, because it wouldn’t have been this.

    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

      AMEN!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/joscross Joe Cross

      I don’t think I got a call either

    • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

      They had a corporate meeting where they role played. Some of them pretended to be customers while the others asked them the question.

      • MrEnglish

        +1 LOL

      • michael arazan

        no sh1t, where was my questionnaire, no one I know of on vzw was ever emailed this sh1t. Who the F$ck did they ask?

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      I got the call. I asked for ridiculous pricing and to put customer loyalty aside. I want to corporate greed ahead of ANYTHING else!

  • burkett375

    is the
    http://www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything site live? I can’t get it to work…

    • burkett375

      Nevermind, it is now

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

    The wording is a bit tricky here .. Trying to wait on passing judgement until someone can clarify details

    • MrEnglish

      Use their calculator, it clears things up quite a bit, and not in a good way for some people. I have to admit, it lowers my monthly price by $70 dollars across my devices, but at the cost of killing my unlimited data plan.

      • http://twitter.com/whyteboyello1 Dave Whyte

        I have 3 phones (2 Smartphones and a dummy line) and it would raise my bill by $30 to drop my Unlimited Data plan. My wife and I never come close to using up our mins because everyone we know is on VZW, so this plan is a bust for me.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        Holy crap. I don’t know, that sounds like a pretty decent deal to me. If you have all the data you need, why continue to pay more?

  • realfoxm

    That’s… unfortunate.

  • mog386

    So I have 3 Lines,, 2 smartphones and 1 dumphone… So it automatically starts out at $110 just for the Access…add in the $100 10GB package it comes out to $210/month

    Whereas right now I pay $230/month for unlimited data on the smart phones and 700 minutes shared between them, and we don’t use the 700 minutes, ever…

  • burkett375

    Wow…those look ridiculous. I’ll stay where I’m at.

  • http://twitter.com/bukinara bukinara bukinara

    This is not what I was hoping for at all.

  • jeff

    Yea had a upgrade 7/1. I guess i will have to wait

    • Sean Livingston

      Jeff, try to call verizon and see if you can use it early. Tell them you do not want to go into that new pricing structure; I’m sure someone will budge if you get the right person

  • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

    So how does this work on a family plan where only one phone requires data? I’m expected to pay AT LEAST $50 + whatever my current minutes plan/line fees are?

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      With one smartphone, and 3 feature phones, you would pay $40 + 3x $30 + $50(min for 1GB data) = $180 /mo +taxes+any feature not included (insurance, ext. warranty, detailed billing, visual voicemail, etc.)

  • Chimera

    So 1 GB per month on just a smartphone is $90. Amazing…

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.tyler88 Nick Bohl

      Yeah, I think it’s 1gb per line for the entire account for 90…but I’m not sure.. Its still a bad deal unless you have 4 lines or more,and even then the users would have to be using no data whatsoever to make the limit viable. I go through a gig every 2-3 days :/

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        As I read, the 1GB is shared across all devices, not 1GB per device. One data bucket, everyone on that line pulls from it. So, 4 smartphones with 1GB shared data would be $210/mo

        • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

          yup and 256 mb/phone.

      • http://twitter.com/pcola_boy pcola_boy

        just curious: what are you doing to use that much data every 2-3 days? and how much do you use in a month?

        • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

          I was thinking the same I generally only go through 1 GB a month but at work and home I am on my WiFi. About the only thing I use mobile data for is nav and look things up while out and about I don’t sit and stream 24/7

        • arturo_bandini

          They’re asking you to sign a 2 year contract. Don’t ask yourself how much data you use now, but how much data you’ll be using 20 months from now.

      • http://twitter.com/Andr0_X Andr0_X

        I don’t think it is 1gb per line. It’s 1gb for whatever lines that are on the account to share. These are terrible plans. It’s funny when they say their customers asked and they delivered… The only thing they delivered is a foot up their customers ass.

    • http://twitter.com/smittylinc Jamie Smith
  • rich

    Looks good to me

    • Slide83

      Hi vzw employee!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-McNeill/589969288 David McNeill

    Nothing special for the grandfathered unlimited customers they screwed(cleanest way to put it..) over? Cool, just what I wanted to see.

  • BigFonz

    “Customers are free to keep their existing plans”

    That’s good, I’ll be doing that!

    • Larizard

      not until your contract is up! next time you renew it, they’ll force you into this crap..

      • http://www.facebook.com/is.user Stephen Lucas

        Like Zepfloyd said, just buy a phone at retail from a different retailer and replace only the phone, not the plan, then sell off your replaced phone to make up for some of that cost

        • cbkcc1

          that still doesn’t mean they can’t change the data at some point. if the contract is over, so is their obligation to keep your unlimited data.

          • http://twitter.com/whyteboyello1 Dave Whyte

            It states you can keep your Unlimited Data as long as you buy a phone at full retail price in the questions section on the VZW page

          • cbkcc1

            that is funny, so they purposefully get your either way. well it is good that is is an option though.

          • Stewie

            They get nothing – if you buy full retail it goes to the phone manufacturer not the carrier ….

          • Chuckers

            I promise the retailer, which in this case is the carrier, gets a cut if you pay full retail. I’m not sure who gets the profit if you were to buy from like an amazon type retailer.

          • Rich

            yeah UNTIL you renew or get a new contract… Unlimited data will no longer exist after a certain date… the CEO said this in a news conference…

      • http://profiles.google.com/spc.hicks09 Gary Hicks

        Where does it say “until your contract is up?” It doesn’t. Keep the rumor out of here.

        • John

          You don’t know VZW very well do you?

        • Larizard

          Zepfloyd linked it below. Unless you pay full retail, they will force you to sign into one of these Shared plans. That’s been established for a long time here in DL.

    • zepfloyd

      you can, but expect to pay full retail pricing.

      <>
      http://solutions.vzwshop.com/shareeverything/?intcmp=VZW-VNT-SE-PLANRECMND

  • Rebel

    I wonder where my corporate discount gets taken off with the new pricing…

    • http://twitter.com/pcola_boy pcola_boy

      I’m wondering the same thing. With my discount, a plan for 2 phones and 4 GB might actually save me money (depending on taxes and surcharges).

      • Rebel

        Only way I could see it being worth it is if you or the other user use TONS of minutes. But the unlimited data part is too good to leave with how fast everything is becoming.

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      well, mine applies to data and access, but not extra features. In this case, it would come off at the phone activation + access, so a 20% discount off two smartphones at lowest possible cost would be 80+50 = $130 * .80 = $104 + taxes + features. For current offer (2GB / line), the cost would come to $120 /mo. However, that’s only a guess considering that such price cuts haven’t been detailed out yet.

    • Scott H

      I get my discount off the main phone on the account only. So that would obviously apply to the $40 charge for that phone. But hopefully it would also apply to the entire data charge as well? So $40+$70=$110x.8=88+40+40=168. (if I went with the 4 gb plan with two additional smart phones)

  • http://twitter.com/joscross Joe Cross

    So when they say that we are free to keep our existing plans does that mean I have to lose my unlimited data?

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      you will not lose unlimited data unless you upgrade at reduced (subsidized) price and sign a new contract on or after June 28th. If you purchase a new device at full retail (or a used device on ebay or swappa), you can have it activated on your account and keep your unlimited data.

  • http://www.facebook.com/divinedart Darren Jesse Braz

    Verizon really likes to put the screws to their customers don’t they?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Reedy/543185757 Daniel Reedy

      How is this putting the screws to the customer? Just do the math the higher up you go in the plans. If you’re on an unlimited family plan, right now, then that’s $120 a month for 2 lines. Then unlimited messaging for both, at $30 each. Then (2) – $50/month for 5GB each line. All that adds up to $270/month. With this new plan, you get unlimited minutes, texts and a share of 10GB/month for two devices for $180/month…plus you get mobile broadband hotspot too. Sounds like a better deal to me.

      • chris125

        You are forgetting the $40 fee per smart phone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Reedy/543185757 Daniel Reedy

          No I’m not….Shared Everything plan w/ 10GB shared is $100/month. 2 lines of smartphones @ $40/ each equals $80. $100 + $80 = $180 for 2 lines with unlimited minutes, unlimited text and 10GB of data shared w/ hotspot included. Same scenrio with current Family plans with same minutes, text and amount of data total w/ hotspot included on both lines is $320. Please correct me though if I’m misunderstanding.

          • nate aka beanstown106

            what if u preorder a sgs3 today will u be able to keep unlimited data sence ur getting the plan before the 28th or is it when u activate the sgs3 thats gonna screw you.. any way u look at this it sucks unless u can do what i said preorder sgs3 now.. input on this plz

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Reedy/543185757 Daniel Reedy

            As far as I’m understanding and reading, if you pre order ur SGS3 today then you should still be locked in into your grandfathered unlimited plan.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        You have to be a corporate shill to think this is a good deal.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Reedy/543185757 Daniel Reedy

          Definitely not a “corporate shill” but, if you are on Family Shared plans, in that scenario, then the new Shared Everything plan may be a better deal…if you just sit down and look at the options and do the math. For the individual person who has a low bucket of minutes and has unlimited data, currently, then no, this f’n sucks ass. But, for the family plan people who have multiple devices and paying what they pay now for 5GB of data, it’s a better deal. Just like anything else, it depends on the customer’s current plan and scenario they have.