Verizon CFO says shared data plans coming this summer

Verizon CFO says shared data plans coming this summer
For quite a while we’ve known that shared data plans are coming soon to the two largest carriers in the U.S.; we’ve seen executives comment on it, screen shots showing how far along the process is, and we’ve analyzed why the big carriers are probably willing to make some good deals on shared data in the short term to benefit their bottom line in the long run.

This is a case where there’s clearly too much smoke for their not to be a fire, and now we have a more concrete timeline to go on, for Verizon at elast. After this morning's financial report, Fran Shammo, Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer confirmed to investors that the shared data plans will launch "this summer". Given that companies tend to take these times frames literally (remember when the original Droid X got its “summer” Froyo update on September 21st?) we can most likely expect to see the new plans roll out sometime between late June and late September.

Among the biggest initial beneficiaries of shared data plans are likely to be families that want to add smartphones, and to power users who would like a cell-connected tablet or other secondary device without having to pay for a separate data plan.

Of course the carriers will ultimately be the biggest winners, as it will help encourage more tiered data use, and help them move more tablets and other connected devices that so far have placed a distant second in sales to Wi-Fi variants.

source: TechCrunch via Endgadet

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17 Comments

1. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

verizon first to blaze a trail again with the sorry dark planet lagging behind.

2. DroidGod

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

FINALLY! Smart move. Kudos to Verizon

3. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

oh forgot, I AM FIRST!!!!!! YEAHHH!!!! oh thanks, got that outta my sysytem. eh emm.

4. wogilvie

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

So, whats the predicted pricing for these shared plans? We pay $60 for our two smarphones. Any chance of it being lower?

5. urc2828

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Not to burst anyones bubble, but in a district meeting yesterday one of the data reps for VZW hinted that shared data is only going to be available on LTE devices.

8. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

That makes perfect sense. It not only gets people to move on to the newer network and allow for less congestion, but will at the same time generate a better consumer experience.

6. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

LTE devices only. Man I hope you're wrong.

11. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Verizon isn't releasing any other type of smart phone device, ever.

7. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I think majority will be moving to LTE, as iPhone 4s is really ther only phone left that is the most popular. But Apple will release the LTE iPhone 5, and every new android phone coming out is LTE.

9. italiapride503

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I can see this going one of two ways...one more people will be switching to verizon because of the shared data plans...people will be getting screwed over because of all the overages of data they have accumlated because of younger kids downloading apps and games that are eating away their data usage. We'll have to see the allowances that they will offer to customers.

10. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

the million dollar question... how is hotspot going to work??

15. VZWpino

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I would assume that even though there would be shared Data, the hotspot would still be a separate feature per line.

16. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

can only hope so. :)

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmmmm i am positive that this is with new plans only. I wish i could share my unlimited data with a tablet, OH WAIT my Archos can bluetooth tether to a phone, but the windows tablet they make cannot, crap. I guess Easy Tether is how I roll for a while...

13. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

At this stage in the game every carrier should offer shared data. There's no excuse that it hasn't been done already. Very soon you won't have to get a plan with "minutes." Everyone will have unlimited talking because carriers will switch their voice services over onto the data network. So there will just be data and nothing else. And there's absolutely no excuse why a person should have to pay to tether another one of their devices to use the data they're already paying for. Hopefully these knuckleheads will see the light and realize how stupid that is.

14. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Does anyone know if the wireless tether app for rooted sammy galaxy nexus works?

17. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

foxfi sir

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