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Verizon may allow families to share data packages

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Verizon may allow families to share data packages
Verizon has some new changes coming to their plans on June 26th. We don't know if this is what they meant, but the screenshot, displaying a "Family Share" option on the Data page, shows that Verizon will allow families to share data on their Family Plan, like they do with voice minutes.

Verizon has been considering a move to shared data packages for a while. After all, most people don't really need the unlimited data package. And usage can vary widely between months. Why not save a bit by splitting a few GBs with loved ones?

Android Life has since heard that changes won't come before July 7th, when the 4G LTE hotspot promotion ends. We're not sure if that means right after July 7th, or some time after. Either way, it's good to know we'll be able to customize our plans a little better.

source: Android Life

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posted on 16 Jun 2011, 00:19

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

the Droid 3 launch, Family Share plans, it's shaping up to be a big day for Big Red. o:

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 00:31 1

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Unfortunately, Verizon USED to have an unlimited family share allowance for data. Ten extra bucks on feature phones was all it took to have unlimited data on each line. Of course, even then smartphone data packages were still 30 bucks.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 17:21

15. jcoberg10 (Posts: 112; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)

yes the connect plans only applied to Multimedia and basic phones no smart phones.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 01:10 1

3. spectre1006 (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

oh boy tiered data is coming.... sucks for me i used 12 gb of data already and i still have a week left for my billing cycle. does using your navigation eat data usage? my big data eater is probably pandora and google maps navigation i think also.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 03:30 2

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeeup, all of that eats your data there guy.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 04:15 2

5. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

lol pandora. def :)

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 05:57

6. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

looks like a way to get everybody that has the unlimited plan to go into what a tierd data plan will probably like.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 06:28

7. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Still loving Sprint's shared family data plan. You've got to believe that in most families with this, one member is sucking up data, and the others not so much, so it levels out. With several kids, they might be the ones using a ton of data, and mom and/or dad less so. Actually, on our 3-phone plan, I'm (mom) the data hog, but I've also got the highest-end phone. Hubby would never use that much, even with my phone. Daughter might, if she had a higher-end phone. One would think they could figure this out and stop trying to suck everyone dry.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 08:49 1

8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

What the hell do you guys do with those phones? They aren't computers. Geez. I think this is a good move. Move to tiered data and people who go over, slap them with overage fees muahahaha.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 09:06 2

9. Mooem (unregistered)

Technically these are computers...

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 12:07 1

11. ns5741 (unregistered)

you do realize that the phones coming out now are more powerful than desktop pc's were ten years ago right?

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 12:15 1

12. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

Netflix won't be great for tiered data.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 19:56

16. SomeGuy (unregistered)

Yeah dude, unlimited data is very necessary for a lot of smart phone users.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 20:03

17. D2G > Iphone (unregistered)

"What the hell do you guys do with those phones?"
something that you could never do for your entire life.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:22

13. Knicknevin (Posts: 151; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

These tier plans are BS, just another way to charge money. Their networks aren't nearly as "congested" as they claim (well, maybe AT&T). Those prices look absurd to me, $20/Mo for 1GB.
I don't come anywhere near Mr. 12GB, but I don't want to be worried that this website has some extra graphics and an extra couple of MB on it, I want to just enjoy the mobility I have.
Things like this really push the idea of living somewhere in Europe.

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 15:31

14. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

thats for mobile broadband devices..

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 20:21

18. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

is bad idea bcs most phoe use alot data my plan is ulimited i hope sprint keeps the same plans

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 07:33

19. daxdroid (unregistered)

Geez, people like to complain... Don't change your exsisting plans. If you have unlimited data stay with it. If you have a cap, oh well watch what you use. By no means are you forced to change. Also you don't know what will be allowed or not allowed. Wait until its launched and make a sound judgement if you want to roll with the change. STOP COMPLAINING

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 18:41

20. berumva (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jul 2010)

Of you look at the screen shot the selected tab is single line and not family share. Doubt this indicates anything about data sharing. The screen shot is data for a single line.

posted on 27 Jun 2011, 13:30

21. JM2011 (unregistered)

The majority of customers on any phone company use this phones mainly as phones and have a group of phones not just one or two using the data regularly but not like an obsession so as a family this new plans are a must.

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 08:43

22. Rebecca Smith (unregistered)

i'm finally getting a smart phone so i called verizon abouth the data plan. I told them about the share data is coming and they didmn't no anything about it. i have 4 phones 2 with data.

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