Verizon new shared data plans

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Herdfan, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Fluthy

    Fluthy Legend

    Feb 8, 2008
    I just don't understand this pricing they have done for data. In their presentation they state the "ask their customers" what they wanted. I guarantee customer did not say charge me more for data and charge me more to add a line. If they doubled their data on each of these plans...much better. If they drop $10 from the smartphone and $20 from the dumb phone much better.... it cost me $30 today to add a smartphone and $10 to add a dumb phone. I like that they are no longer charging for hotspots... but no one will use it with these ridiculous data charges.... Very disappointed.

    My wife and I each have unlimited data and smartphones and with these plans I will not be doing that anytime in the near future.
  2. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
  3. RobertE

    RobertE Active Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    This will work out great for me. Will save $50 to $80 depending on which data plan I go with. I've got the family trained pretty good to use wifi when possible and only go cell when they have to. Today is the last day of my bill cycle, and we have only used .25gb accross 3 devices. :)
  4. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    We don't use much (cellular) data, so the lion's share of our bill will be line access. So now We're getting the discount on our $100 voice/data plan and the main line, whereas with the new plan it will just be off the data ($50 since we'll only need 1 GB).

    Not the end of the world since the new plan will save us >$50 per month and give us free tethering.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    This would be interesting for me then...

    I have one smartphone and one phone with 25MB data plan. My current breakdown is as follows:

    Line 1
    Monthly: $60
    Discount: ($9)
    Unlimited Data: $30
    Discount: ($3.60)
    500 Texts: $10
    Insurance: $10

    Line 2
    Monthly: $10
    25MB Data: $10
    250 Texts: $5

    Taxes/Fees: $10

    Total: $133

    Looking at the new sharing plan, I would probably look at the 4GB data plan as I would probably upgrade the second line to a smartphone. I would also be taking advantage of the free hotspot for use with my iPad. That would look as follows:

    Phone 1: $40
    Phone 2: $40
    4GB Data: $70

    Total: $150 before taxes/fees

    Even if I were to cut back to 2GB and leave Phone 2 as regular cell, that looks like:

    Phone 1: $40
    Phone 2: $30
    2GB Data: $60

    Total: $130 before taxes/fees

    Now, this doesn't take into account my discount, which on a line is 15% and on data appears to be 12%. I'm not quite sure how that would work, but if the line discount is no longer there, with the data discount that would knock of $8.40 and $7.20, respectfully, from the above shared data plans. I still don't think that would be worth it.

    That actually stinks as I was really looking forward to saving a bit of money with the data share plans. I guess I'll need to give up the idea of having a hotspot for my iPad.

    - Merg
  6. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    No because they utilize the sprint network and in the area's I travel sprint coverage is no better then a pair of tin cars connected by a frayed string.
  7. keith_benedict

    keith_benedict Godfather

    Jan 11, 2007
    I didn't realize they were wiping out the corporate discount for the Line Access fee. This new plan will cost us $40 more per month for less. We already have unlimited text and we used only 180 minutes (of 700) last month--and that was a high month!
  8. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Here's c|net's analysis of pricing.

  9. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    but for those of us in the current generation who barely talk on our phones but instead use data, we're going to get reamed.

    or would, if my wife wasn't on a monthly 4G Tmobile plan.
  10. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Yup. I'm retired and near wifi about 75% of the time with little need for voice minutes, so I still use my 6-year old Moto Razr and I buy 1000 pre-paid ATT Go Phone minutes for $100 that expire in 9 months if I don't use them all, which I never do. So I pay about $11 month for phone, double that for my wife's phone.

    I recently sold my iPod in anticipation of Apple replacing it when the iPhone 5 comes out. I currently carry my daughter's old HTC incredible around with me, which makes a very capable wifi iPod replacement. Add'l cost $0/month, but no guaranteed internet connectivity when I'm out of the house.
  11. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    I actually get a discount off of the lines and the data with my discount. So I have a feeling that this won't be savings at all.

    This will however make the price of used phones jump up as if someone wants to keep what they have they're never going to buy a subsidised phone through the provider so it's either full MSRP or used phone market.

    As I have 4 smart phones with unlimitd data this new plan is not meant for me and may force me back to Sprint.

    They really should have done "feature" phones at $10 and Smart Phones at $20 as they say the reason for this is that they can't maintain the data rates. People should pay for the service not for the type of phones. Soon there's no reason to carry anything but "smart" phones which is really a misnomer now anways.
  12. Karen

    Karen Godfather

    Oct 4, 2007

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