Verizon may allow families to share data packages
posted by Ken N. / Jun 16, 2011, 12:09 AM
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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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 Jun 16, 2011, 12:31 AM 1
Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 27, 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 Jun 16, 2011, 1:10 AM 1
Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 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 Jun 16, 2011, 6:28 AM 0
Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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 Jun 16, 2011, 8:49 AM 1
Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 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 Jun 16, 2011, 3:22 PM 0
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 Jun 17, 2011, 7:33 AM 0
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