Verizon CFO says shared data plans coming this summer
posted by Scott H. / Apr 19, 2012, 1:27 PM
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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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.
posted on Apr 19, 2012, 2:26 PM 0
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LTE devices only. Man I hope you're wrong.
posted on Apr 19, 2012, 2:57 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 19, 2012, 3:40 PM 0
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the million dollar question... how is hotspot going to work??
posted on Apr 19, 2012, 4:53 PM 0
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I would assume that even though there would be shared Data, the hotspot would still be a separate feature per line.
posted on Apr 20, 2012, 3:53 PM 0
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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...
posted on Apr 19, 2012, 9:58 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 20, 2012, 4:17 AM 0
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