Just last month, MobilityTechzone issued a report about AT&T’s plan for shared family data plans. In the report, it was rumored that Verizon was planning to do much of the same, and VZW’s CFO Fran Shammo said that family data plans will launch, but he did not go into specifics on price or data bundle size.
News reports are confirming Big Red’s ambiguous and unconfirmed plans, as customers can now pay monthly fees to share data, voice minutes and text messages across multiple devices, like smartphones, tablets and notebooks.
Previously, customers would pay $30 for two gigabytes of data and $40 for the cheapest voice plan with 450 minutes of talk time and another $20 for unlimited text messages. But if a customer also wants to connect a tablet computer t they have to pay another $30 a month for another two gigabytes plan, leading to a total bill of $120 per month.
The new plan, slated to launch June 28, will allow users to cover up to 10 devices under one contract. The shared data plans begin at $50 a month for one gigabyte of data and range up to 10 gigabytes for $100 a month. The monthly device fees for smartphones are $40, basic phones are $30, laptops are $20 and tablets are $10.
There is no additional charge to turn applicable devices into a Mobile Hotspot.
"Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service. They are simple; customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are unlimited. Share Everything Plans are convenient; customers purchase one data plan and they share it with up to 10 mobile devices. And, they are worry-free; customers can connect their 3G or 4G devices wherever and whenever they want on America's most reliable network."
Customers can keep their existing plans. There is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans. To help customers determine the best Share Everything Plan option, Verizon Wireless has created an easy to use online tool at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.
Edited by Brooke Neuman