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Share Everything plans arriving June 28 on Verizon, unlimited talk and text plus 2GB data for $100 a month

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Jun 2012, 07:54

Verizon kept its word to introduce its new shared data plans in the summer, and they are indeed arriving June 28, so hopefully you took advantage of that Galaxy S III preorder, because when the handset actually launches, you might have to pay full price for keeping your grandfathered unlimited plan...

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:23

63. hepresearch (unregistered)

Ah, yes, that is something else it will do great, which I didn't think about until you mentioned it. The whole closing the gap between basic and smart devices... pushing people to smartphones with even more force of pricing. Staying with a basic mobile in this plan actually saves a customer less than it used to compared to the bottom-of-the-barrel smartphone plan. And with a $350 subsidy, smartphones were already acquisition-competitive on-contract with ordinary $175-subsidized basic devices... this just makes it more obvious that staying basic is still the cheapest, but just less rewarding for the same chunk of your money.

If they do as AT&T did, and make it so you won't know about a hidden plan if you don't ask (and you can't ask unless you are talking to a live person, and even then they are instructed to deflect and sweep-under-the-rug as much as possible), then it will be almost as bad as if they didn't exist for most folks... sort of like my parents trying to save their Nationwide 550 plan every time AT&T calls on them to switch to a 700 plan. As for "one of taco's arguments"... you mean taco, our favorite magically-illogically-thinking friend? LOL!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:23

64. nycsumbag (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Enough already with the pricing...dont you get it verizon is sticking it in slowly every year. They dont care that their customers are getting robbed...heck they dont care about their customers at all. Yeah they have 4g and its the fastest but their cutomers are paying through the nose just so they can download a photo in mere seconds. the average customer pays over a 100.00 per month for service. 100.00 per month????
1200.00 per year without the taxes and bulls**t, multiply that by 100million, wow thats a lot of money. Good to be a stock holder with vzw. bottom line is why would you pay that when their are so many other options. If you are not going to do anything stop complaining and enjoy the rim job. unless you live in a forest in the mountains there are tons of options, but until you take one of those options you will keep paying the evil empire. good luck

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:37

67. hepresearch (unregistered)

If you mean prepaid MVNO's like Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Tracfone, etc... then you are right about not paying so much, but wrong about it being truly a good value. I don't know if people really realize this, but when an MVNO buys bandwidth and roaming abilities from the big dogs like AT&T or Verizon, or others who operate home networks, they are buying "low-priority bandwidth" because it is cheaper than buying normal priority bandwidth (which is automatically what you get as an actual home-network customer on AT&T or Verizon or whoever). However, using low-priority bandwidth, while a lot less expensive, means that in an emergency condition your call or text gets pushed to the back of the line for connection priority... every home-network customer, if they even get through at all, gets through before you do. Thus, in an emergency, customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, US Cellular, Cricket (when not roaming on Sprint), etc... get through, if it can be connected at all, while MVNO subscribers (Boost, Virgin Mobile, Tracfone, etc...) are essentially GUARANTEED that their call or text will not even make it through the tower to the switchboard, as long as home-network users are still struggling to get through first. Either you get screwed by the big network guys, or you are nothing more than a fair-weather-only user on their network when nothing truly important is going on.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:14

88. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

you went right from VZW to MVNO while ignoring the plethora of options in between. You can go to sprint or Tmobile and save tons of money. I know area you live, i drove all around that area last year and was always on 3g/4g with Tmobile except when way out in the boonies.. There are other options that are cheaper.

If you people dont like VZW's new plans, then you always have the option of leaving. for 99% of you, another service will work just well if not even better for less money. People get scared to leave VZW because they have the best coverage and fill their heads with "what if" moments that never happen. Break free. As long as they have you in a mental lock, you will just keep bending over as they find new ways to charge you. That goes for any company.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 06:42

120. hepresearch (unregistered)

Well, remix, I couched it as an "if you mean this" kind of thing... they were mentioning how they feel gouged by VZW, AT&T, and others in general, and as Sprint and T-Mobile ARE competitive but still have prices that are not super-far below VZW and AT&T... prepaid, although you do not often get a lot of value unless you are with an all-you-can-eat plan on an MVNO like StraightTalk (via Tracfone) with an unlimited plan, tends to be less expensive... in contrast to T-Mobile being a little less expensive and Sprint being almost, but not quite, as expensive (and still having unlimited data... but we'll see how much longer that lasts). But, once again, I can show you why prepaid all-you-can-eat plans like you would find on StraightTalk, Virgin, or Boost are very cheap and still make tons of money - you get seriously shorted on the priority of your bandwidth and connections, which, if you think about it, is just a little rediculous!

btw... T-Mobile does not work at my house in the south end of town, though it does work in much of the area around us... unless you are referring to Glen Rock, Seven Valleys, Stewartstown, Delta, Jefferson, and Chodorus as the boonies (well, okay, they kind of are... =8-D), I have to say that most of the south end of the county is NOT covered by T-Mobile 3G or "4G" as of last summer... I had a family member who had a Samsung Gravity Smart then, and driving around made the lack of T-Mo 3G/4G obvious. T-Mobile has York and some surrounding places, like Red Lion and Dallastown, covered, along with the highway (I-83), but outside of that is pretty spotty until you get near Harrisburg or Baltimore. Hanover was one small, but notable, rare bubble of T-Mo 3G in the south end away from I-83.

Sprint is only slightly better in these parts... actually operating on Shentel towers, which were way behind until they got behind a network vision plan that graced us with some 1xEv-DO starting at the end of 2008 and WiMAX in York city in 2010, Sprint in our area works half-decent at my house, and has slightly better coverage than T-Mo around here in general. But, of course, VZW and AT&T take the cake out here... they are battling for customers hardcore in this county, and have been for a few years. VZW actually got LTE in the city of York this year, which made me laugh.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:38 2

68. nycsumbag (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Sorry to break the bad news , but their is no savings in the new plan. Why would they put out new plans so customers could pay less than they are already????hahahahahha. They want everyone to go to smart phones because thats where the money is. They can rape everyone on the price of data, 30.00 for 2gigs hahahah what a ripoff... 2 gigs is nothing and if you use under that a month you should not have a smartphone. Data for a cell company is pure profit. Also that bulls**t about how much a company pays for a phone is a lie as well. Think about it , if a cell phone costs 625.00 for 1 then what does 100,000 of the cost...not 625.00 each i can bet you on that. Big cell companies buy hundreds of thousands of these phones at the least. Try not to choke on the kool-aid guys. hahahahaah

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:41 1

69. nycsumbag (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Prepaid is for the elderly...im talking about sprint and tmobile. Compare the plans.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:54

70. johnriii (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

while it's really easy to blame Verizon, we need to make some serious decisions. my wife and I share 700 mins, and we rarely go over 300 mins a month. data usage however, is another story. I, by myself, use approximately 12GB/month, mostly on Netflix and youtube. WE have gotten spoiled to being able to stream data whenever/wherever we wanted. Now Verizon (and the others, just wait), are gouging our pockets, counting on the fact that most of us dont' have the discipline to ease up on our data usage, and thus, they make a bigger boatload of money. moving to another carrier will relieve this temporarily, mark my words, all of the carriers will have similar plans by 2014 or sooner. I have 13 months to enjoy my unlimited data, and by George, I plan to!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:01

71. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Okay, so I did some more research and called Verizon customer service. Big surprise, they haven't been trained on it yet.

The first thing I found is that there is a basic phones only plan which sounds like it's about at the level as current plans. Except phones cost the same on that as on the data share plans so the more lines you add the more you're paying over the current plan.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:08

72. arsenalfan411 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

god damnit verizon!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:13

75. bubba78 (Posts: 57; Member since: 23 May 2011)

These new family share data plans SUCK, at least for me.

I have 5 lines on my account (2 smartphones, 3 feature phones) sharing 1400 mins with unlimited calling to 10 numbers, and with unlimited text and unlimited data on the 2 smartphones. I have data blocked on my 3 feature phones because they do not need data.

Current plan cost
$119.99 (1400 mins and unlimited text)
$59.98 ( 2 unlimited data packages)
$179.97 total before taxes and fees.

New plan
$80 (2 smartphones)
$90 (3 feature phones)
$70 (4 GB of data)
$240 total before taxes and fees.

That is $60.03 more than I am currently paying. Verizon must be F N crazy to think that they are doing me a favor by offering these new plans. I will NOT be renewing my contract if that is the best they can do.

I understand I will have unlimited minutes with the new plan but that is worthless to me, I don't never use all the minutes that I have now, lucky if we use 1000 minutes.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:26

89. Nico85 (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

With your current plan cost you are not adding the 3 additional lines. The $119.99 is for the first 2 lines, and the 3 additional lines cost $9.99 each. So your total before taxes and fees will be 209.95. Still $30 less than what you're paying now

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:37

76. Sydus1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

Its really not too bad when you factor in the unlimited talk and text for all lines. Previously it would be 50 plus a data charge for the unlimited line.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:39 1

77. android1234 (Posts: 167; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

I have no use for unlimited minutes. This plan makes my monthly $60 more. In spoke with verizon and they said that you can still keep your monthly plan. The $30 2Gb data would still be available, they are just getting rid of the unlimited plans. The 4gb data plans would still be grandfathered in, so this plan is not mandatory for whoever that does not want it. I am the only kine in my family plan that uses about 20gb/mo, so I'm going to upgrade now from my Gnex to Sammy GS3, not worth the phone change but I want to keep my unlimited. And then when I switch the phone I will just buy full price on ebay, which would be about 100-150 less than the retail price at verizon, and sell my old phone, at I'm not paying that much more, only 100-200 more buying retail which is like an upgrade anyway.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:42

78. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Wow, not worth it for my clan.
We have 2 iphones at 2GB/30.00 each, and my Android at 4GB/30.00, with unlimited messaging (20.00) and 1400 minutes of shared calling (99.98), and one regular phone at 9.99 (no data), for a total of ~220.00 before taxes and including my awesome 11.00 corporate discount.
With these new plans I would pay:
120.00 for 3 smartphones at 40.00 each.
30.00 for 1 non-smartphone (that did not use data before) at 30.00
80.00 for 6GB or 8GB for 90.00 (I am thinking my 4GB plans becomes 2GB on my next upgrade or when the contract runs out).
So, 120+30+80 is 230.00 or 240.00 for the 8GB shared.

So, it seems ok, as we would get unlimited calling, instead of 1400 minutes.
Except, 1400 minutes is more than plenty for us.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:58

79. Sanoj18 (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Jul 2011)

I have been considering switching from Sprint to Verizon when my contract is up in September. I share an account with my fiance so we just have two smartphones. I did a quick comparison where the bill would be the same and here is what I came up with.

Sprint $150/mo before taxes
-1500 Shared Minutes
-Unlimited Data and Texting

Verizon $150/mo before taxes
-Unlimited Minutes
-Unlimited Texting and 4GB shared data
-Mobile Hotspot Included

We have combined never used more than 2GB a month. However we live in Chicago where Sprint's 3G is super slow which may contribute to our low number. I'm guessing if we switched to Verizon and starting using 4G our numbers would go up but not by more than double.

Anyone have an thoughts? I've heard Verizon has much better coverage and data speeds than Sprint. Also Sprint doesn't even have 4G LTE yet and I'm not expecting it in Chicago within a year.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:44

85. millkim3 (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 May 2012)

In the new plan what you're looking for would break down to:
$70 for Talk/Text/4GB Data
$80 for both phones

Also check and see if the company that you work for offers any kind of employee discounts. Those discounts can vary from 8%-22% depending on the size and type of company you work for. (check out your wife's company too, maybe her's is better than yours!)

And thank you for realizing that unlimited data isn't life or death! :-D

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:59

80. vqc61 (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 May 2012)

Looks like this new plan is only good for families that talk and text a lot, and use very little data, which, I think, is the opposite of the way most families are nowadays.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:31

84. johnriii (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

unlimited talk minutes and unlimited text really means nothing to anyone. who actually goes over their minutes on a regular basis? i share 700 with my wife, and we MAY hit 400 together on a heavy month. I think I may leave verizon next year just because!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:04 1

87. Sprissy (Posts: 193; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

Let's see, I don't plan on sharing any minutes or data, as of right now I pay $109 a month for 900 minutes, unlimited text and unlimited data. According to my Verizon data app, as of today I have used 2.20 GB of data and I still have another day or so this month. So with that said, under the new plan I would pay $40 a month plus another $70 for 4 GB of data, total of $110 a month and have to give up my unlimited data. HELLO!!!!! What is the advantage for me?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:43

90. RushFan2112 (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 Jun 2011)

Why would you want to get one of these shared plans? You are one person using one phone. These plans are for families that want to have a pool of data like their voice minutes.

Badly done on Verizon's part, though.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:39

104. Sprissy (Posts: 193; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

I don't want to but I don't like the fact that the only way I can keep my unlimited data when I upgrade is to pay full price for a phone. Guess that will be my only choice though.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:16

91. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)

Wow, I went to Verizon and looked to see what it would cost to get what I have now
I ha e 5 phones, two with data unlimited. They recommended 6 gig and I would be
Paying 100.00 more before taxes and other charges. What a rip off. Won't be with them
When I switch phones. Very stupid company.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 17:35

97. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Looks like I am going unlocked again. I might jump ship during the holiday season or early 2013 anyway.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:28

100. glassonion (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

I think the headline here is wrong. The access fee is for each phone, so 2 phones (assuming smartphones, those are the data users) is $40 EACH. That's $80, plus the $60 for 2 GB data comes to $140. The main thing that doesn't work for me, and I suspect a LOT of Verizon users, is the forced unlimited voice. I only need 700 minutes (with unlimited messaging) for my 5 lines, so why do I need to upgrade to unlimited?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 21:33

110. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

The headline is right. The plan is called Share Everything and new individual customers will have to go under this plan after June 28 even if its just one person. So $40 access fee for one smartphone and $60 for unlimited talk, text, and 2GB data is $100.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 22:04

111. jjnbbills12 (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)

Not one account will be forced to move to these plans. Only when you upgrade at a discount. Now you can pay full price and if you end up not being happy.... Please go some place else and stop bitc$ing.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 23:05

112. marions (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 May 2012)

This is the last straw. Cell providers are already much too greedy and this is just icing on the cake. It's just bend over and screw you everytime something changes. I've had enough so its back to a landline for me, combined with a voip service such as google voice over a device like obi-110. Enough is enough. Screw you Verizon!!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 23:25

113. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Everything should've stayed the same price, just let you share it between devices! What a rip. But it is true that the more devices you have on your plan (family plans), the more money you save, provided you're responsible with your data allotment.

AT&T currently has roll-over minutes. I'm hoping they'll eventually offer roll-over data as well (I can dream,lol). At least I can safely assume that AT&T's shared plans will be slightly more favorable towards the consumer. Whatever Verizon does, AT&T always under cuts it. Verizon sells high-end phones for $300, while AT&T sells 90% of their high ends for $200 and a select few for $250.

The only thing I'm concerned about is that I have the A-List (Grandfathered) for our AT&T plan and don't want to lose it with shared plans. I use my cell to call about 8 or 9 land lines on a constant basis everyday for work. That A-List saves me over 1200 minutes each month. But if they offer unlimited minutes it won't matter.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 00:51

114. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

My bill is $107 a month, unlimited data. I found a solution though, I am going to buy an upgrade from someone else.

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