Verizon’s New Data Plans “Share Everything”
Verizon has announced its new data plans and there is quite a bit of confusion over the Share Everything plan. The Share Everything plan is not only a bit confusing, but it might work out to be more expensive to most people that only use a little bit of data per month. The TL:DR version is this:
- All plans include unlimited minutes and texts
- Up to ten lines will share data from a pool
- Mobile hotspot isn’t an additional charge, but it does drain away from the pool of data
One the surface it doesn’t look to bad, free mobile hotspot and unlimited minutes and text are a nice bonus. Let’s look at the cost of the plans:
Step 1: Select one smartphone and up to nine devices
- Smartphones are $40
- Basic (dumb) phones are $30
- Jetpack/ Netbooks/ Notebooks/ USB $20
- Tablets $10
Step 2: Choose the amount of data to share
- 1 GB $50
- 2 GB $60
- 4 GB $70
- 6 GB $80
- 8 GB $90
- 10 GB $100
The example on the Verizon website is 2 smartphones $40 x 2= $80
One Basic Phone is 1 X $30
4 GB of shared data with unlimited talk and text 1 x $70
Will I have to switch to the new plans?
From what I can gather from the documents that are posted on Verizon’s website, you are okay to buy a discounted phone on a 2 yr contract up to June 27th. I can confirm this since I just preordered my Samsung Galaxy S III this morning and I was able to keep my unlimited data plan. However, after June 28th, things are going to change.
- If you buy a phone at the discounted price on or after June 28th, you have two options:
- Option one is a standalone data plan $30 for 2 GB
- Option two is take a shared data plan
- I can’t find any confirmation as to what happens when one phone on a multi-line account upgrades. I have asked for confirmation as to what happens to the plan when one line upgrades, so we’ll get the article updated when we hear back from Verizon.
- If you pay full price for your phones from June 28th onward, you can keep your unlimited data plan.
There’s a couple of things that you can do to answer any other questions that you might have with the revamp of Verizon’s phone plans. There is a .PDF with all the info that I used for the article above.
There’s a calculator to add up your plan.
Source: Verizon Wireless
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