Is Verizon's new shared plan structure a hit or a miss?
$40 per smartphone (tethering/hotspot is included)
$30 for basic phones
$20 per mifi/usb
$10 per tablet
Unlimited minutes/text +
1GB data $50
2GB data $60
4GB data $70
6GB data $80
8GB data $90
10Gb data $100
More information can be found here (PDF): solutions.vzwshop.com/shareeverything/pdf/verizon_...
The plans seem to target customers on family plans with 3+ phones that still desire unlimited text/minutes. Under current pricing, for 3 phones, each with 2GB of data, would cost as follows:
$119 + 49.99 for unlimited voice
$30 for unlimited text on all phone
$90 for 6GB data ($30x3)
Under the new structure, the price would be $200 for the same package, which offers a big savings of $100:
$80 (6GB of shared data)
If you’re not on an unlimited plan, the savings aren’t pretty much non-existant. I’ll use the same scenario, but for the lowest minute plan and keep unlimited texting and the same 2GB data plans:
$30 for text
$90 for data ($30x3)
Total of $200
Lets now consider two phones for both scenarios as mentioned above. Unlimited minutes/text/4GB data: $209
Basic minutes/unlimited text/4Gb data: $159
New shared tier: $150
These are very rough breakdowns (not counting potential discounts, loyalty plans, taxes or fees) but there does seem to be some cost savings for those on plans of two or more devices with the savings really piling up compared to existing unlimited talk/text plans. Of course, for those who have been hanging on to old unlimited data plans, the new shared plans may not be the best deal. But those grandfathered customers may not have much of a choice, and may well find the new plans a better option than some of the company's other tiered data plans.
I think that would have been a better deal for people with multiple phones/tablets than the unlimited voice & test.
Also, $30 for a dumb phone and $10 for a tablet? Really? I don't understand the logic there. Especially with carriers complaining about the bandwidth issues they will face as more devices use more data.
I'm going to be losing my unlimited data which sucks. It was inevitable, but I've gotten accustomed to not having to worry about going over some data cap. Also, these plans pretty much screw over people who have individual plans. The pricing for the 1gb to 4gb range is way more than what you would pay with the current tiers. Yes, you get to share that with other devices, but there's that extra cost that you would have to pony up. I really dislike the unlimited-only option for talk and text, seriously who still needs this?
What I like is that I'm on a family plan right now and with the way it all calculates out, I'm actually saving some money. I lose my unlimited data, but with my current data usage habits, I should be ok. One thing that I'm pretty surprised by is that smartphones get free hotspot tethering; I was sure that Verizon would have wanted to screw people over by keep charging $15-20 bucks a month. This pretty much rids the need to add a tablet or computer to the plan.
Let's just hope that Verizon will at least keep their data tiers on par with the way that were using our phones moving forward.
But I do agree - $50 is kinda highway robbery.
They can pry my grandfathered data from my cold dead hands.
Looking at the new plan page and the way big money verizon set this up, our current phones will cost $310 per month plus taxes etc....Our last bill was $318 with all the taxes included.
My wife and I are considering our own account anyway, and this makes sprint look so much better.
As far as voice is concerned, I'm one of the lucky ones grandfathered into AT&T's A-list, which accounts for 95% of phone calls made by me and the missus. The rest (aka work related) are covered by the 10,000 roll over minutes we never use 'cause of the A-list plan.
Beware Sprint, my friend. Those I know who have it love the price but hate the service. Unlimited everything is great until you can't use it 40% of the time.
Under "Messaging" it says $30. If I miss-read this wrong please let me know and I'll update it but I interpreted it as $30 per line for unlimited text. It's possible you're on a grandfathered text-messaging plan but could be on the $10/1000 plan.
Nope...not a good deal.
Someone in the US needs to start building out our internet infrastructure and offer it at reasonable prices.
It's pretty clear why Verizon and AT&T have basically halted their fiber plans...they can make much more money by usurping all the wireless spectrum and charging huge tariffs.
At 4G speeds you can use up the 10GB plan in just a few hours...something's not right and it is going to stifle the entire industry before long.
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