Verizon announces data sharing plan Share Everything

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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I'll jump on the 6GB shared plan when it releases cause of the unlimited calling and unlimited texting plus that much data will be cheaper for me and my wife!

The plans aren't actually terrible. I think people are doing the math wrong. I believe it would look like this:
ex.
6 GB Shared = $80 for the first line
+ $40 each additional line.

So two phones would be $120/mo. for unlimited talk and text sharing 6 GB of data.

That's not bad actually considering current family plans sharing 450 min with unlimited text and data with two smartphones currently cost more than that.

Nope looks like $40 per smartphone.

http://solutions.vzwshop.com/s...everything_plan_details.pdf

Although since minutes and txt are 'included' I think I'll be saving money for both of my lines since I mainly use wifi in most places.

forrestbear said,
The plans aren't actually terrible. I think people are doing the math wrong. I believe it would look like this:
ex.
6 GB Shared = $80 for the first line
+ $40 each additional line.

So two phones would be $120/mo. for unlimited talk and text sharing 6 GB of data.

That's not bad actually considering current family plans sharing 450 min with unlimited text and data with two smartphones currently cost more than that.

u got the math wrong, per. VZW sheet, your total should be $160.

2 smartphones ($40 each) $80 line access
6 gigabytes (GB) of shared data with
Unlimited Talk and Text $80

http://solutions.vzwshop.com/s...everything_plan_details.pdf


forrestbear said,
The plans aren't actually terrible. I think people are doing the math wrong. I believe it would look like this:
ex.
6 GB Shared = $80 for the first line
+ $40 each additional line.

So two phones would be $120/mo. for unlimited talk and text sharing 6 GB of data.

That's not bad actually considering current family plans sharing 450 min with unlimited text and data with two smartphones currently cost more than that.

Isn't this more expensive and a lot worse than the original family plans?!? $40 per smartphone used to be a line access and UNLIMITED data. Now you share small amounts of data? What BS. The "Sharing" thing ONLY benefits Verizon.

Wow what a sham, I just ran the numbers for mine, after my discounts I pay $152 for 2 Smartphones with Unlimited Data and 1 Dumb Phone with a 700Min share plan, 1 Smartphone has the $5 base text pack.

If I were to upgrade and at this point I have no idea how the discount will work (15% through work on primary line) I would be paying $28 to $68 MORE then I do now for less data.

At this point with 3 days left in this billing period I have used 6GB on my primary line and 4GB on the secondary, figure this is an average month and I would need the 10GB plan and the extra 2GB buffer for $10. As for the phone minutes, combined I have used 110 and 30 texts.

Now onto the more interesting part that no one is discussing, what happens when Verizon goes to VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and the phone calls become DATA, how is that going to effect these plans and the data allowances.

Zippo7 said,

Now onto the more interesting part that no one is discussing, what happens when Verizon goes to VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and the phone calls become DATA, how is that going to effect these plans and the data allowances.

don't worry they have top executives working out the wording so they can continue to screw you!

Personally I don't think they should be allowed to sell data and voice bundled at that point, its like your ISP forcing you to have a landline when you get internet because they did phone before.

The only argument is emergency services, we pay outrageous fees in Canada, and have a 911 fee that is required. I would think that the yearly $6 every active SIM card has attached to it along with the adaption of GPS phones should be building a fairly large pot to resolve this problem by now for the majority of cell phone users.

Edited by srbeen, Jun 12 2012, 10:55pm :

That's no deal. We have two phones, and pay $30 a month each for a total of $60 for 2 gb of data EACH. In this play, SHARED play of 2 gb is $60.... so I pay the same and LOSE 2 gb?

Although the unlimited messages and minutes.... well, ok, maybe that $70 plan on up starts to show a little bit of savings....

Edit: Wait...

There's also an extra per line price of $40 a month for smartphones
... uh... what?! So plus $80 for two smartphones? Wow.... so back to this being no deal again.

I'm staring at this plan, comparing it with the plan that I presently have, and come to the conclusion that this "Share Everything" plan is more of a "Share More Money with Verizon" plan, dreamed up by a Master Bullship Artist. Is Verizson deliberately trying to chase me away as a customer? Especially since my cell phone is my ONLY personal phone.

Enough with the ****ing monthly plans for everything! I should just pay for the phone once & that's it. No plans for each & every feature, I should just have all that when I get the frickin' phone! They say that phones are becoming more like computers, well, I should start paying for them like one! This is why I can't get a modern phone... D:

MASTER260 said,
They say that phones are becoming more like computers, well, I should start paying for them like one! This is why I can't get a modern phone... D:

Except when you buy a computer, the company that made the computer doesn't have to maintain a network for you to use that computer on. You still have to pay for internet access monthly because that's something the company has to maintain and upgrade. So if you just paid for a phone, who's going to pay for the cost of running the network you want to use it on?

Chrono951 said,

Except when you buy a computer, the company that made the computer doesn't have to maintain a network for you to use that computer on. You still have to pay for internet access monthly because that's something the company has to maintain and upgrade. So if you just paid for a phone, who's going to pay for the cost of running the network you want to use it on?


*sigh* That's what I was afraid you were going to say...

Chrono951 said,

Except when you buy a computer, the company that made the computer doesn't have to maintain a network for you to use that computer on. You still have to pay for internet access monthly because that's something the company has to maintain and upgrade. So if you just paid for a phone, who's going to pay for the cost of running the network you want to use it on?

I don't pay for 1 computer in my house to have access to the internet. I pay for the ability to have internet access at my residence.

Could you imagine paying a separate charge for each device in your house to have internet access? Holy s**t balls buddy, get your head on straight.

Furthermore, I don't pay for individual services. I can share my internet via wifi with whomever I dang well please. Let's not forget that if you "bundle" you get a discount. Do you get a discount when you pay for the required data? Depending on the type of internet you have - a phone number isn't required. Can you get a cell phone with only data? No you can't and please don't pull some obscure BS out. It's not the norm so it doesn't count.

Lastly, almost no ISP limits the amount of data you can use. Yes, there's a difference between hardline data vs wireless. There are band limits. Innovate a**holes. 20 years ago a 100Mbit wireless connection was impossible - hell, data on a cell phone was only a dream.

KCRic said,
I don't pay for 1 computer in my house to have access to the internet. I pay for the ability to have internet access at my residence.

Could you imagine paying a separate charge for each device in your house to have internet access? Holy s**t balls buddy, get your head on straight.

Furthermore, I don't pay for individual services. I can share my internet via wifi with whomever I dang well please. Let's not forget that if you "bundle" you get a discount. Do you get a discount when you pay for the required data? Depending on the type of internet you have - a phone number isn't required. Can you get a cell phone with only data? No you can't and please don't pull some obscure BS out. It's not the norm so it doesn't count.

Lastly, almost no ISP limits the amount of data you can use. Yes, there's a difference between hardline data vs wireless. There are band limits. Innovate a**holes. 20 years ago a 100Mbit wireless connection was impossible - hell, data on a cell phone was only a dream.

ok, get a landline then you can pay one phone bill and have as many as your house can handle

This could save me a bit of dough. Sadly, I'm on AT&T and I doubt they'll announce shared data plans this year. But who knows, maybe Verizon just put AT&T into panic mode forcing AT&T to announce shared data sooner rather than later.

Chrono951 said,
So, for one smartphone and 1GB of data, I'm still paying close to $100 a month? I fail to see the deal here.
But you can share it!!!

Oh the trickery. So people see $100 for 10GB and think "OMG!!! What a deal!!" But they fail to realize that split between say 5 devices, that's only 2GB per device at $100.

KCRic said,
But you can share it!!!

Oh the trickery. So people see $100 for 10GB and think "OMG!!! What a deal!!" But they fail to realize that split between say 5 devices, that's only 2GB per device at $100.

No. Each device is between $10-40 to 'share in', adding 4 additional smartphones would be $160 more per month, so now that numbers $260...

You could activate 1 phone at 1GB at $50, or 2 phones at 512MB for $90, but if you did 5 at 10GB, it would work out to be be $52, $2 more for the extra 1GB of data over the base plan.

The benefit is its shared, so if sara don't do much online but scotty does, it don't matter. If this could be done nationwide maybe.. but under the same roof I doubt its something to even bother with.