Verizon's Unlimited-Killing "Share Everything" Plans Are Confusing As Hell

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Verizon just sent out a labyrinth of an explainer about its new shared data plans, which it will be using to 1. make our lives way easier by putting a bunch of devices in one plan, and 2. murder grandfathered unlimited data plans. Here's how the new stuff works:

To get started on a Share Everything Plan, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts. The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50. Customers adding a tablet on their Share Everything Plans can do so for an additional $10, with no long-term contract requirement. The following matrix shows pricing for an account with several different devices, such as a smartphone, a tablet and a basic phone, billed to the same individual.

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So first you get unlimited minutes and messages, then get a 1GB plan for $50 with your phone, but smartphones are $40, and add a tablet for $10, but cross reference with the table that is up to 10 devices, but one price for them all. Got it? Good.

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The plans will debut June 28, and have equally clear and simple steps to take if you have a feature phone or data-only devices like USB modems or MiFis. [Verizon]

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DISCUSSION

ericbdavies
EricTheRed

For those of you complaining about the price... do any of you actually HAVE a cell phone plan?

Current Verizon prices for comparable INDIVIDUAL plan:

Unlimited Talk: $70

Unlimited Text: $20

2GB Data: $30

Total: $120

New prices:

Smartphone: $40

2GB Data: $60

Total: $100

That's $20 cheaper per month for individual plan. Right now you could lower it by $20 by taking only 1000 texts and 900 minutes... but still, the new plan is CHEAPER.

Here's current FAMILY plan pricing with LIMITED minutes:

1400 Minutes: $90

Unlimited Text: $30

2GB Data (x2): $60

Total: $180

New prices for UNLIMITED talk/text and same data:

Smartphone (x2): $80

4GB Data: $70

Total: $150

That's $30 cheaper per month for a BETTER plan. It gets better with more devices. If you actually compare the unlimited talk it's $60 CHEAPER per MONTH.

The plans are CHEAPER. They are not confusing.

How are there this many idiots that read/follow/write here?