In May, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo confirmed that Verizon Wireless would start offering a shared data plan to customers with more than one line of service. However, it would also be dumping its unlimited data plan for existing customers who were previously able to keep their unlimited plan under a grandfather clause.
Today, Verizon Wireless announced the official launch of its shared data plans, called Share Everything. As previously announced, current customers on an unlimited data plan will not be able to renew their current contracts to keep that plan unless they either decide not to upgrade their phone or if they pay the full retail price for a new phone.
As you can see from the chart above, the new plans start at $50 a month with 1 GB of data shared with up to 10 devices, with unlimited talk and text. You can go up to 10 GB for $100 a month, again with unlimited talk and text. There's also an extra per line price of $40 a month for smartphones, $30 a month for basic phones, $20 a month for mobile hotspots, notebooks, netbooks, and USB devices and $10 a month for tablets.
The plan also includes a data only plan for mobile hotspots and tablets that start at $30 a month for 4 GB of data up to $60 a month for 10 GB. You can be officially confused when Share Everything launches on Verizon Wireless starting on June 28th.
[Update] Verizon has reached out to us to let us know that these plans are optional and that you will not be forced to switch to the "Share Everything" plan. This should come as good news to those who do not need tethering or do not have a desire to share data with their family members.
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