Sharing is caring: Verizon’s Share Everything plans go into effect

Sharing is caring: Verizon’s Share Everything plans go into effect
For better or for worse, the plan that has been the subject of much debate goes into effect today. Verizon’s Share Everything plan is now the norm, which also effectively ends the era of unlimited data plans.

As you may be aware of by now, the new Share Everything plan adds up à la carte prices for each device plus a choice of data amount bundled with unlimited talk and text to share between all devices and lines. Depending on your usage and how many devices you have on your account, the new Share Everything plan can potentially save you money. Like with any new service, do you homework before you make the leap.

Sharing is caring: Verizon’s Share Everything plans go into effect
That is especially the case if you’re still clutching on to your grandfathered unlimited plan. Now that the Share Everything plans have gone live, those of us that are still enjoying the freedom of downloading whatever we want with reckless abandon to file sizes are no longer eligible to take advantage of device subsidies from Verizon without making the switch to Share Everything.

If sharing is caring (and money saving) in your household, you can head on over to Verizon Wireless to take advantage of the new plans.

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56 Comments

1. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

i love the picture in the article. reminds me of a simpler time.

56. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

This guy acts like we live in the world of Fallen Skies or Walking Dead when the world is overrun by aliens/zombies. LMAO

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I hope AT&T does it dffrent maybe 5 10 15 gig splint among 5 lines at a cheaper rate 50 75 and 100 respectfully. Maybe offer like even bigger amounts of data to for more

6. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

me too

3. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Good luck to all 2 people the new plans benefit!!! Used phone market is gonna be good now I am thinking.

4. svec7186

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2011

i hope ATT does it for less $$$ this was verizon will be more expensive, people will leave and VZW will reconsider their folly (spricing). their 700 minute plan is tooooo expensive for feature phones

5. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

No thank you, I'll stick with unlimited. I'll just buy an unsubsidized Nexus next go 'round.

33. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Some douche at Ventura Mall CA was so rude bro trying to push me to get rid of my plan while I asked about the Galaxy S3. I told him that it did not benefit me. He said I didn't know what I was talking about and that it would be better for me because I would get unlimited minutes and texting. (Exact words). I told him I used 13gb last month and he was still persistent in that the new plans were better. I told him I would have an overage of $100 already on top of the new plan. I walked away. I read an article that employees were getting bonuses for switching over unlimited customers. I strongly believe that it's true. My girlfriends exact words were... "What a douche..."

44. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I'm sorry that you have had this experience. I am an agent location manager for one of Verizon's largest national agents, and I can tell you without a doubt that we DO NOT get compensated for moving customers to the Share Everything plans. I cannot speak for corporate employees, but I do know that agents are not being compensated for that.

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I dont know about you, but i like it the way it is with separate data plans. its one thing to have capped data among yourself, but to have it shared with someone else is crazy!! my wife has AT&T unltd data plan and wont change that for anything................and im not going to argue with her about that!! If you use your mobile internet like we do, you're not saving any money. i like the 3GB plan I have (wishing i had unltd data lol) and im not changing it

8. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It's almost like sharing minutes?!?!?

9. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Correct me if I am wrong....Isn't the future moving towards Voice over LTE? Meaning that making voice calls will use DATA? Thus the new plans with unlimited voice calls and text will be useless? I may be wrong here and if I am I appologize. It just seems like that was what I had heard the future was moving towards. That way everything will be measured in mb/gb of data used. No more minutes used and text sent.

25. Greyhunter6

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

You are absolutely right. Verizon has been testing VoLTE for over a year now. I couldn't find the story about it but I do remember seeing it. Here is one about AT&T going that direction as well. http://www.mobiledia.com/news/146928.html I won't give up my unlimited. No way, no how.

55. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

Not just that...but if you have 4-5 numbers on a family plan, you already get unlimited calls/txt to anyone on VZW, which included your family. The switch, even with shared data isn't all that.

10. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Should note that if you have a corporate/employee discount you are almost guaranteed to spend more with the new plans... unless you take a significant reduction in data. None of the examples from VZW seem to mention that.

15. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

your corp or employee discount is applied to the data share plan cost..

11. mattjt21

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

I will be going to Straight talk mostlikely. At&t's coverage isn't that much worse in the Northeast. Not too mention HSPA+ is slightly faster than verizon 3g

23. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Depends on where you live. Verizon I only get 1 mbps down on a good day when I average 10-15 mbps on HSPA+.

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Are you getting 1 Mb/s down on LTE? If so, there may be a problem with your phone's LTE radio. When I received my first RAZR, there were problems with its LTE radio dropping out. Fortunately, the radio dropped out right in a VZW store, so there was no question about the radio dropping out and I walked out of the store with a replacement RAZR.

35. CupZ83

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

i think he meant on VZW's 3G service

40. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yeah I meant verizon 3G vs hspa+

12. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Happy Gouging!!! lol

13. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Aside from many people who post here, most customers I have seen so far have been able to see more value at least, and many people with multiple lines have saved money. Keep in mind guys, 90% or so of customers DO NOT use more than 2GB/month on their smartphones. I would estimate atm more than 50% of Verizon customers stand to benefit from the new plans. Bottom line, this is not as apocalyptic as many of you are trying to make it sound. Yes some people will be negatively affected by this, but the majority of people stand to gain value and/or save money. This is all based on my experience from the yesterday and today in my store. Other people may have different experiences, but this is mine, for what it is worth.

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Your explaination may work very well for new customers but for people who have unlimited data, use between 2-5 GB of data, and very little mins or text per month. One rep tried selling me on the idea yesterday but there is NO WAY any of you are going to convience me to pay $10 more for more of what I don't use and less of what I always use. That's NOT going to happen! All this does is give VZW an opportunity to make money on customers who are currently untouchable because we will never go over on data and rarely exceed our mins or text plans. So you guys are gonna have to try a lot harder than "We can save you some money". Also while on that call with that rep, she confirmed and notated that if I bought my phone from Amazon, Wirefly, or even Sam's Club and keep my unlimited data plan. I really hope that's true because if not, I no longer have ANY reason to stay with VZW and I suspect other customers will feel the same.

19. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I personally don't try to convince people to change unless I truly think they will benefit. I can't speak for other reps, but that is how I do things, and that is how my reps at my store do things. As for purchasing you phone elsewhere, any customer provided equipment, or any smartphone purchased at retail, will allow you to retain your unlimited data. How you loose your data is when you sign up for a new 2-year agreement at this point. Unless you sign a new contract for a new activation or an upgrade, you won't lose your unlimited data.

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I don't envy the job you're going to have to do. It sounds like you have the right approach to this whole thing, but the executive don't realize just how screwed up this plan is. The way customers rose up against the $2 fee to pay your bill was great, but why people aren't fighting this much higher increase is beyond me. But there are going to be some very angry customers coming your way in the next few months, and for dealing with that ...you guys deserve combat pay.

21. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

"Unless you sign a new contract for a new activation or an upgrade, you won't lose your unlimited data." Wait just a second...are you saying that the two year agreement is the trigger? That ANY agreement to a two year contract, even if you buy a phone subsidized through a third party website? Because that wasn't what I was told.

22. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Apparently I don't have the right attitude for all the thumbs down on my comments lol. Yes, the trigger is a new 2 year agreement. Any phone you buy that has a subsidized element to it, i.e. requiring a new 2-year agreement, will trigger the loss of unlimited data, if you have it. If you purchase a new phone at retail, or buy a used phone online, that does not sign a new 2-year, and you will keep your unlimited data. At least you understand this isn't an easy job for us in the store level. Some people this will help. Other people will be pissed off, no doubt.

30. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Ahhhh! This is worse than I thought. I hate to say it, but I will be looking for another carrier. I tried it stay with VZW out of loyalty (I used to work in the call center) and also because it's the best network. But this is just wrong. The only reason I upgraded last year was because I was told I could keep my unlimited plan if I upgraded before the new tiered plans went into effect. Now VZW is saying "Too bad, we lied! Give up the unlimited plan or pay full retail. Either way you WILL pay more"! I'm tired of defending VZW and there is no possible way I can be loyal to a company that takes every opportunity to screw me. And dont take the thumbs down personal, I think many of us are pissed at VZW and being an employee sometimes makes you a target. It's not fair, but it's not personal.

34. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

If you did upgrade before the plans went into effect on June 28th then you did get to keep the unlimited. Now that the plans are in effect, the only way to keep unlimited data is buying at retail or a used phone, or any way that doesn't involve a new contract. I'm sorry guys I really am, but it was never the decision of anyone at the store level. Pay attention though, I would bet that soon other major carriers will do the same now that VZW has done it. That tends to be the way it goes. That is what happened to offering unlimited data. One did it, then others followed soon after. downphoenix does make a good point though, that these plans do compare favorably to many other carriers for similar offerings. No one thing fits everyone, and if the new plans do not fit you, I do apologize, but please don't take it out on the messengers like me...

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