Verizon axes top shared data tier, is making a heavy internal push to promote Share Everything plans

Verizon axes top shared data tier, is making a heavy internal push to promote Share Everything plans
When Verizon first announced their Share Everything plans, they advertised plans for up to 10GB of data, but they actually had 20GB and 30GB plans available. We’ve received word from a reliable insider that Verizon has decided to kill of its 30 GB shared data plans and is alerting employees to the change in policy. Presumably they are either concerned about how many people were selecting the plan (and thus network congestion) or worried that savvy customers were improving the economics of the plan in their favor too much by signing up 15 “family members” to the plan (ok, probably it would be small businesses).

Whatever the reason, you will have to purchase data a la carte if you need more than 20 GB. Another tidbit passed along to us is that Verizon is making a massive internal push with sales associates to promote the Share Everything plans – employees are getting rewarded for switching people to the shared data plans at the same rate as they would normally get for extending a contract. We were told that employees who are successful at switching customers over are in line to make “quite a bit of money”.

We’ve written before about why Verizon is so intent on shared plans, with the biggest perk being that customers may feel like they are getting a deal when they give up their grandfathered unlimited data plans (and give them up you will, sooner or later). Depending on how much data your family uses, you may actually stand to save some money (especially as you add tablets or other non-voice devices).

Just be sure to educate yourself ahead of time – log in to your account (or look at a My Verizon app on your phone) and find out how much data you and everyone else that will share the plan uses on average. Then check out an online calculator or a comprehensive list of deals to find the best deal before you go to the store. Verizon sales associate will be more than happy to help you, but some of them may be more interested in their own pocket books than they are in yours, so get informed before you go!

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100 Comments

98. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Personally, I don't save money on the new share everything. my wife and I share 550 mins, (never going over) have two smartphones with unlimited data, and we pay around $160/month. with this new plan, 2 smartphones, and 10GB data to share, our bill goes up by $20/month. sure we gain unlimited data/text (whoop de doo) but we lose our unlimited data. I understand what Verizon is doing, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. THAT being said, I will probably never leave them, because i like NOT having dropped calls. when I need to make a call, I don't have time for foolishness like dropped calls. my schedule is too tight for games. for those of you pulling 40-50GB a month..thanks a bunch. even with Netflix daily, I've never gone over 20GB a month. must be because I have something called JOBS X 2. Data is in HIGH demand, and ALL carriers are going to make their maximum dollars on it. so those of you "leaving verizon" you're going to run into the same thing, eventually.

89. axeetech

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

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85. Apocalypse

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

If your a Verizon customer just leave. You will be back and Verizon is the only company capable willing to do whats best for shareholders and customers. This plan makes them money and retain stock, as well as save family plans like mine money for services we dont use but allow us to maximise on the phones capabilities. BASICALLY VERIZON IS NOT TRYING TO NICKLE AND DIME AS MUCH. Remember 5 yrs ago. Ringback tones, vz nav, mobile web, v cast mobile, etc,.... everything was a add on now most of it comes in bundles and are cheaper. Phones were $400 and sold for $199 and a lot of you bought them in bulk. Phones now are $649 and more and still sold for $199 (iphone, S3, Razr. When the economy got hit hard who was the one company throwing more money at there network.... Verizon they are now 3yrs ahead of other companies with LTE. I pay for great service and as a customer I continue to recieve it so long as Reps explain the benefits. You dont sprint in a marathon you maintain consitency and pace yourself and Verizon is currently ahead in my eyes.

88. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Your eyes need to be fixed!!

84. theguero

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

Am I the only one that did the math here and doesn't see the point in the 20 and 30GB plans? If you get the 10GB plan for $100 and add another 20GB at the $10 per 2GB it comes out to be the same price for 30GB... The 20GB plan is stupid because it's $160 if I recall and again you could get the 10GB plan and add another 10GB for $50 making it a total of $150... So why pay $160 for something you can get for $150?

80. THETECHTEAM

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

i work for a premium retailer for verizon. i think the plans are a good idea for those who are paying for unlimited but never use it or for those who have a lot of data centric devices. Verizon is not forcing people off their unlimited plans you will be able to keep them when the new plan comes out. If you are wanting the new Samsung Galaxy S 3 if you pre order before the 28 you will be able to keep your unlimited plans!! I am not only an indirect employee of Verizon i am also a customer and right now that plan would save me money being that i have 3 lines , 2 smatphones and a tablet. When you think about the money you could save which sounds better saving money or trying to save that unlimited data package??? And soooooo many customers old and new have asked in the past do we share data? now verizon gives you that option! hope this was helpful

71. Greyhunter6

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

Verizon is simply future-proofing. They are getting ready for LTE to completely take over. They are more than willing to give unlimited talk and text with these new plans because voice-over-LTE will eventually replace them. Assuming I understand the technology, and I am no tech expert, this means that everything done on the phone will be data usage. Talking will no longer be measured in minutes but MB's. The same goes for texts. Someone please correct me if I am wrong but this is my take on the situation. AT&T seems to think so. http://www.mobiledia.com/news/146928.html Once again I am no tech expert but this is how I see it. Please correct me if I am wrong.

66. rsossi84

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

i used to work for verizon..... but im sorry this only benefits some..... majority of the youth of america uses over 2gb of data.. espcially on 4glte... it uses twice the data of 3g..... u realize if u watch a 2 hidef movie ur are alone using about 2gb of data from just 1 movie!!!!..... or for me for instants.... i dont use my smartphone that much because i mostly use my ipad on wifi, but when i go to the gym i use either google music,spotify, and pandora because verizon and these carriers want to PROMOTE this amazing oh use your cloud service..... well i do that and im using around 4gb a month alone on that... by the way for some people who didnt know if u had a 4glte phone if u paid the 30 bucs for hotspot....IT WAS UNLIMITED!!!!... i saw way to many people averaging around 4gb or more of data... especially with the 4g phones... these plans only benefit if you have 3 or more lines but still not so much if u have people who actually like to use their phone what its intended for!....btw verizon is a bunch of con artists ... this time last year they made this whole big stink that u better upgrade to a smart phone or move to a 4g phone so u can keep your unlimited for life... yes they told us to tell all these customers they would have their unlimited for the duration they were with verizon.. year later.. this happens... its wrong.... i will be buying my phone from craigslist and other retailers outright so i can keep my unlimited and this is just corporate america sticking to the public.. so the big wigs can make their multi-millions for profitble while the smaller people suffer!.....TRUTH

69. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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44. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Please someone from Verizon explain how this plan will benefit me. I have only one line. 400 mins with unlimited data and texting and I pay 100 a month. Now why would I want to switch to a shared data plan? To share with myself? Come on Verizon you can't think of only some o your customers. Gotta keep everyone in mind. If I'm forced to downgrade to a shared data plan, I'm going to AT&T

45. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

you dont have to switch. What I do not understand is, if you do switch, you will have 2Gb of data for $30. So you will pay exactly the same with ATT, even if you do switch to the shared plan. The 2 GB shared plan with you smart phone will be exactly $100. How much data are you using currently on your phone? That is what we need to look at.

58. CupZ83

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

ATT gives 3GB for 30 fyi

90. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

@bam I'm averaging 3.5 Gbs a month, no I have never gone over my mins and I don't need the hotspot function cause my home and work both have wifi I would switch cause at least with AT&T, my data speeds would not be slow as dirt. Who in their right mind is going to pay 600-800 for a cell phone? I'm not, theres no way. so verizon I don't know who you're fooling saying you dont have to upgrade from what I have read, 2 GBs a month with the shared data plan is over 60 dollars?

51. s_tephanie

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Exactly what bambamboogy02 said. You don't HAVE to change your plan. It's there for you to switch too if it WILL benefit you. Just because it's a "share" plan doesn't mean it has to be shared. It just means it's "shareable" if you would like it to be. With you having the unlimited data, fine I get you don't want to lose that. But, most customers that have the unlimited data package, aren't even averaging over 2GB unless they use their phone for streaming and lots of tethering. So before you think this plan won't benefit you, see how much data you are averaging a month, see the max you've used, and the min you've used. Have you gone over on minutes? Whether that is a yes or no, it will benefit 'cos you won't have to worry about overage charges if you do go over since it is unlimited. The new plans also give you the hotspot capabilities, which with a regular plan would cost you another $20 dollars.

60. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Why is Verizon offering unlimited Talk and Text only?. heck Google gives you that with just a Google account; so they are not really offering nothing much to the customer. The carriers KNOWS data is where the mobile world is headed, so they are trying to use smoke and mirror to fleece the customer by offering this junk they call a great plan. Unlimited data ( keep your talk & Text) is what the consumers needs, not talk and text.

67. shaxar

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

They aren't... There are 700min plans too. And yes, google offers that, but has no way to provide the service to you other than through cell carriers

83. hybris

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You ask why, yet you state the carriers know that data is the future. If you know basic economics, wouldn't that explain WHY they don't have unlimited data anymore? Simple supply and demand people, what's so hard to understand? Data was unlimited when it was in low demand. Now it's in HUGE demand. With more smartphones, tablets, and mobile broadband devices connected to the network than ever before, you think carriers can afford to let everyone have unlimited? Again, supply and demand. The consumers have demanded more, so supplies have shortened and the consequence is higher prices for data.

87. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Now Hotspots free lol wow I'm going to tmoble and let the flip phone sheep pay out the ass for all that dumb s**t.I can just feel there want to rape data plans I feel bad for all the upcoming iPhone 5 buyer's facetime over 4glte only at Verizon with are new 2g share plan limited is more that's my ad for Verizon o yea then after they take my no limit plan from me because I don't want to pay 800$for the new iPhone I'll have to pay 30$ for the rape as well

94. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

.....what?

40. s_tephanie

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I understand people are upset about the new plans, like for example: the new share plans do not benefit my boyfriend and I since we got the 4gb of data for $30 dollars. If we were to switch, we'd be paying the same price for 2 smartphones & only 4GB of data to share a month vs having 8GB between the both of us (4GB each). Both of us average over 2GB a month. But, for customers who have multiple lines on their account, and want to add more than 5 lines to family share, this does benefit them! Also, let's say customer 1 has a smartphone and doesn't use anywhere near 1GB a month, but customer 2 uses between 2-3GB a month, they are able to share their data between phones rather than having to pay extra a month to beneift one customer, it is benefiting BOTH customers. I know most people can't see the positives for the new plans, but I do work for Verzion, I don't think the new plans are horrible...and if you take the time to see how much minutes, texts, and data you're averaging a month & how much you pay a month, you could potentially be paying the same price a month with unlimited minutes and texting, and hotspot capabilities you would usually be paying an extra $20 dollars a month for. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the new plan changes, but some people need to see that it is not the worst change in the book. & you are NOT being forced to change to the new plans.

41. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Well said

48. s_tephanie

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Thanks

77. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. I just switched to a family plan. One line unlimited data, 2 tiered. And the new plans would save me a great deal of money...at the expense of unlimited data... Folks how just joined Verizon recently will benefit from this, since they will already be on tiered plans. Its the folks like who have unlimited data that it will hurt.

86. Greyhunter6

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

I agree some people will benefit and some will get screwed. I must also add that the additional $20 to use hotspot, a feature of the phone and not Verizon, is absurd. I paid for the data but Verizon wants to tell me how to use it. That just never sat well with me. I currently have the unlimited data plan and can't see myself giving it up. Over the next year or so I can how these plans could work for me but once everything online becomes high-def and starts using more data, then this plan will not be enough. I currently have a 3G phone and average about 1.3 GB's of data a month without tethering. Once upgrading to a 4G phone I will easily hit 3GB's a month. Now that a lot of data storage is in "the cloud" people will use even more data and hit their limit even faster. A few years from now when everything uses data, including text and talk, we will really be screwed. I'll deal with not saving a few bucks over the next couple of years so I can save for many years after that. Just my 2 cents

34. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

50 -// 1 g thas cracy if they guive me 4g for 60 the will change my plan but i have 3 smartphones only 2 used close to 2.3 my phone i go over 800m so they guive me 4 but for now i stay same plan

31. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Rule number #1 for anyone who's on a grand father/mother/brother or sister plan; NO matter who the plan is through, NEVER, EVER, EVER, GIVE UP YOUR PLAN!!!

24. gameday78

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Deviantrish79, ur the reason companies are making the changes and hurting the other 99%

29. jtc8008

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Exactly your 40-50 GB of Stealing Data Usage from Verizon is enough data for 20-25 different people. They don't have a Unlimited Tethering so you are stealing from the company. Now on the other hand if you did the free tethering and only used 4 GB or less a month total than I could understand

35. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

No matter what you are talking about, the "one bad apple spoils the whole bunch" often applies. You will have some people that work the system to get services they aren't paying for, and the honest people wind up paying for it....

68. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

People these days.... ...lolz

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