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Verizon to Introduce Tiered and Family Data Plans

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May 19, 2011, 11:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told Reuters that the company plans to eliminate unlimited data plans for smartphones by this summer, substituting tiered data plans in their place. Verizon has mentioned in the past that it would take this step, though Shammo didn't provide any specifics. Shammo also said that it will bring to market shared data plans that can be used by multiple devices on a single account. "We had individual minutes for individual users. Then we eventually got to what we call family share where everyone in the family shares the same minutes," Shammo said. "I think it's safe to assume that at some point you are going to have mega-plans (for data) and people are going to share that mega-plan based on the number of devices within their family. That's just a logical progression." Shammo didn't say when these mega-plans might arrive, nor what their pricing structure might be like.


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May 19, 2011, 12:36 PM


They are going to get rid of unlimited data and give everyone a cap limit so they can get the extra charges. This is a way to tone down the data connections in the network. better grab a unlimited data package while you can. I seen this coming a long ways. The world evolves around data and thats a money maker.
They announced they were doing it like a year ago and held off just for the iPhone 4 release. This isn't new news, just a slow news day.
Hmm, maybe your right about getting in now. Perhaps I should go to Amazon and get the Droid Charge. Is Verizon offering free unlimited 4G hospot wig the Droid Charge?
"They are going to get rid of unlimited data and give everyone a cap limit so they can get the extra charges."

And you just proved you know NOTHING about how the wireless business works.

Here's the real truth: banwidth is a finite resource, th...
You're on the right path...but...and yes there is a but here, there is not really such a thing as "unlimited data". There is only so much spectrum and bandwith out there to go around thanks to our lovely Nazi Leaders...the FCC 🙂

Though at the same...
I have four Android smartphones on my account and between the lot of us we consume about 3 to 4 Gigs of cellular data per month- yet I'm paying $120.00 for four data packages!

That's $30 to $40 a gig! Talk about a rip off! I have Wi-Fi everywhere...

May 20, 2011, 6:29 AM

I like it

I like the family shared data plan idea. My family rarely uses more than 1 Gig between the three of us per month. We are almost always connected to WiFi, so why use 3G? If the tiered plans are more cost effective for us non power users, I am all for this.
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