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...
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56 Comments

36. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

i don't know why this is such a shock... its been well publicized and covered on this site and others. all you're really "giving up" to keep your unlimited data is the process of buying a subsidized phone.... but really, you're only able to do that once every 2yrs anyway and it normally only saves u about $300-400 dollars (thats approx $15/month....). So unless you just have to buy a new phone the first couple weeks that it comes out, you're much better buying a phone a month or so after it gets released... on ebay, CL, etc. I know thats what i'll do for a while. (BTW i pre-orderd 2 SGIII's to use our upgrades before the new plans take effect... might keep them but most likely sell them and use the profit to help buy whatever phone we want in the next few months.)

41. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I'm the type of customer that waits for a phone to go on sale for a penny on Amazon, so buying a phone outright means I will pay an extra $500 - $600 for my upgrades, and I have 4 lines. So if this plan doesn't get overturned, I'll just have to start shopping. It's no big deal, it's just seems we're being treated as cattle and not customers.

53. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I see ur argument however I don't think I've ever seen a phone go for a penny on amazon and still cost 500-600 on the grey market. As always there will be many people who get it for a penny and list it for 300 on CL or eBay or a number of other sites. Feel free to make a change but if u have unlimited on vzw I'd look for every opp to keep it. Because once its gone its gone forever and right now no one has truly unlimited lte 4g (unless ur grandfathered in on att or vzw).

26. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 275; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

correct

14. deviantirish79

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

700 Minute talk and text. $90 5 lines @ $9.99 = $49.95 1 PDA w/ 2GB = $30 Total = 169.95 New Share Everything Plan 2GB $60 1 PDA = $40 4 Feature Phones = $120 Total = $220 Total Ripoff for unlimited minutes.

16. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Please show me where I said this would work for EVERYONE........

29. theguero

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

Actually 700 minute talk and UNLIMITED TEXT is $99.99 for the first two lines. Then you add 3 @ $9.99 each. So your total with the 2GB data is $159.96 + taxes and crap.

37. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

im not gonna stick up for the unlimited plans (god knows I'm gonna fight the switch) but i'd also venture to say you are one of VERY few people that have 5 lines and 700mins.

51. deviantirish79

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Most of the customers I have carry 5 lines with only 700 Minutes.

52. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That's nuts. I know people are talking less these days but that's about 6mins a day per line. If ur talking that little u might see if a small tablet might be better for a few of those lines. They are only $10 a line under the new plans and ud save a few bucks for sure. Again though, I'm sure ur the minority. I don't remember where but there was a study done a while back that showed att and vzw family share plans consistently utilize the 1400 or more min plans and more and more were signing up for the unlimited plans. But that was a year or so ago so maybe there a more people like u and smarter people using voip type solutions.

17. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

you know you dont have to move off the plan your on, it not like they are pushing you to do it or else. people need to review it and make a educated decision on what to do, if its cheaper to stick with your plan the way it is dont change it, it all comes down to if it makes sense to change.

24. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

The intent here is to connect smartphones and tablets...hence data...kind of hard to plea your case with four feature pbones and one smartphones on your plan.

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's the Care Bare count down "5,4,3,2,1".

31. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think these plans are actually pretty decent, at least for some customers. Its not going to work out for EVERYBODY, and that holds true with just about every carrier's plan offerigns. If you go to youtube.com/downphoenix though, I showed a comparison video of the plans recently, of some pretty common offerings I see at work. Verizon's new plans worked out pretty favorably in both comparisons.

32. EarnYourLeather

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Well, guess I better start saving to buy a phone at retail in 1.5 years.

38. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

about $15/month should do it (take a $199 phone subsidized every 2 yrs + the $15/month instead of paying that for a more expensive/less data plan and you'll be able to pay full price for it every 2yrs)

39. joey18

Posts: 653; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Is overprice now i pay 240 new plans 250 or 260 where's saving money and less data my 3 smartphone we go over 8g idont wan voice my 700 minutes only we go 400 a week so why verizon dont make plans less minutes and more data

42. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

So no one is saving money ha???? Mmmm just helped a long time customer with 5 lines in the nw unl t&t =299.99 and 3 smartphones paying for 3 unl 29.99 plan for a total of approx $390. He is averaging less than 1gig on 2 lines and less than 2gig on the third one. New plan still unl t&t 3 smarphones at $40 each = $120 and basic at $30 = 60 for a total $180 plus $100 10 gig block (more than double his ave usage) for a grand total of $280. $390 - $280 = $110 savings a month plus hotspot included. Thats $56 per line folk. Metro pcs/Boost mobile/Straight talk price with the best network in the US. I know most of us here have issues thinking people actually can use less than 1 gig a month of data, but once again only 5% use more than 2gig. What a rip off...how dare does VZW do that. Cmon trolls. Waiting for the thumbs down because the new plan wont save YOU money.

43. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I know this won't work for everyone. I work in customer service and have reviewed multiple accounts to compare between the Share Everything plans and the old plans. If you have multiple devices, and have normal usage of less than 2GB per line, this will benefit you. For the whole 5 - 10 accounts I looked at with usage over 2GB, it could still benefit you if you have other lines that are using less than 2GB. I can also say that we are NOT being compensated in any way for switching people over to the new plans. That's about dumb. I wish we were, because I've switched so many people, I should have a fat paycheck. If anything Verizon is LOSING money from this, because almost everyone is cutting their bill, if even by $10 - $20 per month. If you are on an unlimited plan, and using over 10GB just by yourself, you need to find another way to get your data (WIFI for example). If your that high, also keep in mind that you are in the minority, and are costing Verizon more money than you make them because of your usage. It wouldn't hurt them for you to leave for a sub-par company with sub-par service.

45. slickric620

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

One thing PA fails to mention is that you can stay on your current plan when you upgrade, you just have to switch to the 2GB plan per smart phone. So those on a 700 min talk & text plan with 3 basic phones and 1 smart phone can use a little more wifi and keep there same low rate. What a couple others have previously said is true. These plans are and will continue to benefit a majority of their customers. VZW has left loop holes such as the scenario above to minimize anyone getting royally screwed by the new plans. To reiterate what was said earlier, we are not getting compensated to switch people to share everything in any way whatsoever. If all you're getting when you go to a store is a push to go to share everything when it. Clearly isn't in your best interest, then you found a rep that either isn't competent or is lazy. I suggest asking for another rep or going to a different location. Verizon's training his heavy on ensuring the best possible experience for the customer, which includes qualifying them for the best possible plan for them. Remember guys, those of us that use 4+ GB's of data a month are in the massive minority and these new plans are helping far more people than they are hurting and its not even close. I do apologize if you fall into the latter, I do as well. But there are ways around it. As said before expect most of the major careers to switch to this type of structure, its where the industry is headed.

47. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Prepare for thumbs down sir lol. That sums up what I've been saying, people just don't want to hear it. I gave you thumbs up because everything you just said is true.

54. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The main thing people reading PA are forgetting is that MOST people gave up their unlimited plans already. The vast majority of people have smart phones (many recent studies showing the increase in smart phones compared to basic phones) with data plans of 30+ for each line (2gb). For most of them this is going to make great sense because they probably don't hit their data limit and can now decrease the overall data and share it between lines. We that are reading these forums are notorious for tethering and other things to use a lot more data than the average person and have manager to keep our unlimited data plans but for most people on tiered plans, they'll be pleased with this new plan. As you can see from the examples above.

46. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Gotta love all the thumbs down I've been getting lol. All I've done is give my honest experiences in my store and an honest account of what needs to be done to keep your unlimited data. Nothing of what I said has been insulting, inflammatory, or otherwise rude, so thumbs down away all you want, I will continue to give you the honest scoop. If it winds up being what you don't want to hear, tough. Life isn't fair, and life isn't all peaches and cream. Good luck to you if you can't handle the truth.

48. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

I just worry about the new plans because data is the way of the future and Verizon knows this. With carriers hinting at moving towards Voice over LTE in the near future that will cause data useage to go up.....am I correct? I feel that with the VoLTE there will be no need for a traditional phone line any more. Instead of voice calls being made on a per minute type phone line it will be made on a data LTE connection. So what happens then? Will the "typical" person start using more and more data?

49. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I'd be willing to bet you will again see some different plans coming if/when things move to VoLTE. If it becomes everything moving over the LTE network, I cannot see a situation where there will not be different plans for that issue. Anything we say right now about VoLTE at this point is still speculation of course, but I can't see these plans being the primary plans when/if the switch to that happens.

50. slickric620

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I second this. Cell phone. Carriers (all of them) aren't looking at jacking up prices and screwing all of there customers. They aren't going to pull a bait and switch. Part of the current plan includes unlimited talk and text. If everything is through data then the cost for talk and text would have to drop off. Verizon would lose virtually every customer if they tried to lure you in with lower prices then jack up your data usage. People that are freaking out about VoLTE aren't thinking this through. Verizon still needs a customer base to be profitable. If they pulled the old bait and switch they would be guaranteed to lose a mass majority of their customer base. Why freak out over something you think "could" be a possibility. If it really comes down to what you speculate in the end. Then that's when you shop around. Its crazy to shop now when the other carriers haven't yet (but surely will) update there price plans. Especially over changes that might happen 2 - 4 years down the road.
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