Verizon adds new tier for its shared data plan

Verizon adds new tier for its shared data plan
On Monday, Verizon added a new tier of service for those who don't use much data each month. This limited time offering goes into effect on Tuesday and offers 250MB of data each month for $20. Verizon's Share Everything plan starts with a monthly $30 charge for each feature phone and $40 for each smartphone included. That gives users free unlimited voice and text. The customer then decides how much data to split amongst all of the smartphones on the plan. This means that smartphone users can receive unlimited calls, texts, and 250MB of data to split, for $60 monthly.

This new tier might not generate as much business as Verizon is hoping for. Consider that for the same $60 a month, T-Mobile customers can receive unlimited talk, text and 2.5GB of data. Toss in another $20 and you have unlimited talk, text and data each month.

source: Verizon



23. HTCGuySD

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

T-Mobile can give all of these options due to the fact they invest less in their network nationally than other national companies. If you aren't investing as much, you don't need to charge as much but than you suffer on coverage. Such as in rural areas, you very rarely hear of T-Mobile covering much and it limits their customer base. VZW is more expensive but they are trying to at least give options to people who love the things that smartphones offer (better camera, larger buttons, more personalization), but don't need the data services to be as large. Good move for them.

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Verizon is high, but I guess if you travel a lot or live in an area that has spotty service with the other carriers, you gotta take it (in the behind) money wise to get some good service.

18. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Switched from VZW to T-Mobile this weekend. Got a Nexus 5 and couldn't be happier. Looking forward to getting the Nexus 6 next year, because I will finally have the option of actually getting a Nexus phone. Not to mention I am saving over $40/month on our family plan. Network is good so far, but I live and work in Indy, so I cant say much about anywhere else.

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I have people that have T-Mobile service and the coverage is spotty. For me with VZ I get no dropped calls, nor 4G LTE drops in coverage.

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Verizon is just lame these days.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Verizon's trying the same thing Apple did with the 5c, upselling. People complained that they didn't have a value option, so Verizon gave them one, banking on the fact that anyone would opt to spend the extra $10 for the better deal. It's simple math, would you rather pay $20 for 200mb ($.10 per mb) and run a pretty good risk of going over, or pay $30 for 2GB ($.015 per mb)? But they can say we gave you a cheaper option.

9. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Alternatively, AT&T has a similar priced plan with a comparable network that saves you 10 dollars over vzw for a basic phone.

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

The article is incorrect. On T-Mobile, you only have have add $10 to the $60 for 2.5GB to attain unlimited data, not $20.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Be that as it may, T-Mobile's 4G is spotty and its' LTE is shotty; where LTE stands for Limited, Throttled & Empty. Thank god (i mean GOD) I have Unlimited Limitless 4G LTE Data on Verizon; where LTE stands for Limitless & Technically Expansive. And, if I weren't "Grandfathered" on Big Red I would jump off the 59th Street bridge or just listen to JayZ's new album (over & over) till it killed me.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

T-Mobile LTE in my area works perfectly fine & it's much faster than that of any Verizon owner around here. Also, unlike what's available to any new Verizon customers at this point, I have unlimited data that is NOT throttled. Not just that, but I pay a lot less for it. I get that you love Verizon & it works for you in your area, but there's no need to troll on T-Mobile articles. That's just lame.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How is your LTE speed during peak usage? I am seeing VZW take a real hit on the SF peninsula in the afternoon. Where as recently as 1 year ago, I could get 18 Mb/s down, it s now bogging down to like 500 Kb/s around the 3 to 4 pm window. :-( The only mitigating circumstance is that AT&T is also getting slammed in the 3 to 4 pm window. Haven't checked T-Mo, though.

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Dude, get a clue. The current $50, $60, and $70 monthly plans at a TMobile include UNLIMITED data. The difference is that TMobile throttles data speeds on the $50 and $60 plans, respectively.

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

Thanks for the obvious info, buddy. I already know that. My point was that the unthrottled version is $70, not $80 as was stated in the article.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

T-Mo starts at 500 Mb for $50 with unlimited talk and text.... It is a shame T-Mo doesn't have VZW's LTE footprint.

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

It's true, T Mobile doesn't have the LTE coverage that VZW has, but it's not to bad. The HSPA+ really makes up for it most of the time but still there are many areas they need to improve. But one thing I don't miss... VZW using the coverage as a weapon against me as a customer. Coverage everywhere is great, but it can't be the justification for consistently screwing your customers.

20. Keas51

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

How dare you say that HSPA+ makes up for it. I worked at AT&T for almost 3yrs and carried Verizon for 2. HSPA+ is a joke and a lie as they market it as "4G" because the average customer doesn't understand that 4g and LTE are completely different things. The speed difference isn't even close in 90% of the places I travel to, and no I do not just stay in one city I travel for work.

22. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Well, At&t's HSPS+ may be a joke, but I got some really good speeds with my Note 2 on T Mobile that was just as fast if not faster than VZW's LTE. No doubt VZW has the best coverage, but I don't miss a thing and I travel a little myself. With HSPA+ running just as fast as VZW's LTE... how could I not think that. Also, nobody has 4G in the US. It's all 3.5G basically.

5. yooperboogs

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

What is this T-Mobile thing you are talking about? Where I come from that carry is just a legend.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If you live in the U.S., any T-Mo store would be happy to sign you up for the 500 Mb data plan for $50/month. It is even available online.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wouldn't say that. I live 200 miles from the nearest T-Mobile signal, they have roaming where I am, but you have to live in an area with official T-Mobile signal to sign up. Believe me I tried, all we have here officially is Verizon and spotty AT&T, T-Mobile & Sprint only have roaming.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

T-Mobile's "footprint" is equivalent to Verizon's 'Pinky Toe'.

1. Rockbottom

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

This isn't really geared towards Smartphones. It's geared towards feature phones or multiple ones to bring there basic phone plans back down in line with everyone else. Now it would be 50$ for unlimited talk and text for a single line plan basic phone.

19. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I know many people who seldom use 100MB a month. My mom and wife on my ATT Family plan each use 175MB a month combined.. Most of time they are on WiFi. Me on the other hand uses 5-10GB a month because I travel for work.

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