Verizon may allow families to share data packages

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



1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

15. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

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

3. spectre1006

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.

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeeup, all of that eats your data there guy.

5. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

lol pandora. def :)

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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

7. ibap

Posts: 871; 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.

8. The_Miz

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.

9. Mooem unregistered

Technically these are computers...

11. ns5741 unregistered

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

12. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Netflix won't be great for tiered data.

16. SomeGuy unregistered

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

17. D2G > Iphone unregistered

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

13. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; 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.

14. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

thats for mobile broadband devices..

18. joey18

Posts: 692; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

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

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

20. berumva

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 29, 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.

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.

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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