Verizon Regurgitates Alltel's My Circle, Will Let You Call Five Numbers for FreeS

Easing the transition for people going from quirky indy provider to mega-monolith, Verizon is copying assimilated Alltel's "My Circle" feature, which will let you pick five numbers a month to call for free. UPDATED.

It'll be more unimaginatively called "Friends & Family." (No MyPeeps? MyBuds? MyFam?) Single lines get five numbers to call for free, family plans get 10 numbers. DSLReports also notes that Alltel customers will be switched over to Verizon billing in the next couple of months, with the Alltel brand completely digested in about six months.

Update: Here are all the details:

Single Line 900+ minute plans can add Friends and Family ("F&F") to their plan at no additional charge.

This provides 5 additional numbers (in addition to unlimited IN calling), landline or wireless that can be called at no additional charge.

Premium numbers, such as 976 numbers, are not eligible to be included, BUT 800 numbers are.

Family Share 1400+ minute plans can add Friends and Family ("F&F") to their plan at no additional charge.

This provides 10 additional numbers (in addition to unlimited IN calling), landline or wireless that can be called at no additional charge.

Premium numbers, such as 976 numbers, are not eligible to be included, BUT 800 numbers are.

All lines in the Family Share account have the same 10 numbers to share amongst them all.

Corporate liable plans are not yet eligible for this, but that will be coming shortly

Existing customers can choose this option on their current plans (as long as they are on 900+ or 1400+ plans) without requiring a contract re-up. This is going to be standard pricing and not promotional.

[Yahoo via DSL Reports]