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Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

Verizon Wireless is revamping its mobile plans with "data buckets" that can be shared between devices being made available later this month.

The carrier revealed its new Share Everything plans on Tuesday morning. The plans, which will start on June 28, allow users to share an allowance of data amongst multiple devices.

Verizon says it will charge a monthly line access fee of US$40 each for a smartphone, $30 for a basic phone, $20 for a laptop or USB stick or $10 per tablet. Voice calls and messaging are unlimited across the plans. Then users get to select from various data bucket options:

Table 1: Data on the Share Everything Plans
Shared Data Plans (Up to 10 Devices) Monthly Cost
1GB $50
2GB $60
4GB $70
6GB $80
8GB $90
10GB $100
Source: Verizon Wireless




Verizon is also offering plans for basic voice calling and data-only plans for tablets, laptops and Wi-Fi routers:

Table 2: Data-Only Plans
Shared Data-Only Plans (Up to 10 Devices) Monthly Cost
4GB $30
6GB $40
8GB $50
10GB $60
Source: Verizon Wireless




Verizon isn't charging a fee or requiring a contract extension for subscribers that move to the Share Everything plans, although they have the option of keeping their existing data plan. The operator has created a cost planning tool for the new plans here.

Why this matters
These new plans are a major overhaul of Verizon's data services, with the addition of shareable data buckets, first promised by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo in April. Verizon had been offering a double data promotion for Long Term Evolution (LTE) users that offered 4GB of data for $30 per month, or up to 20GB for $80, which is now finished.

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:34 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

Verizon stopped subsidizing tablets as it switched to the Share Everything plan. So you buy for $500+ and the pay $10 a month to get the tablet on the shared plan.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:30:22 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

My impression is that they stay for existing subs but new users get the shared plans.

hortron 12/5/2012 | 5:30:28 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

I wonder if any semblance of an existing family plan will stay, or this announcement completely does away with the family plans.


Verizon must want to shed customers, like me, who are bringing down their ARPU.


My current plan is 2 basic phones, 1 smart phone, 700 minutes/mo, 1 $5 SMS plan on one line. This costs $115. (I probably have 2000-3000 minutes nightime or vzw-to-vzw calls on each bill)


With their calculator the renegotiated plan for the same service is $160, so if I need a new contract, my bill is going up 40%! I don't even care that I'm grandfathered into unlimited data and the new plan is only 2GB (because I use 400 MB/mo).


I have no mid/long term plans to change my plan (maybe after LTE iPhones are available refurbished I'll consider), but it's almost certain I won't stay with verizon.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:30:30 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

Actually wouldn't you pay more since you're not counting the two "basic" phones on the plan, which still merit an access charge?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:30:30 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

Yeah, basically it makes no sense to go with Verizon for a phone that you really make calls or texts on or a tablet that stays on Wi-Fi 99% of the time.

mj42 12/5/2012 | 5:30:30 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

In my case I have 5 phones on a shared plan base phone is not a smart phone. We have three smart phones each with a 30 dollar a month unlimited plan. My current cost for those phones is is $30 for access charge (10*3 lines) plus $90 for unlimited data (30*3) for a total of $120. The average data rate for the phones is about 2G per month (one very low the other two above).


Under the new plan I will pay 120 for access charge (40*3) and 80 for 6G of shared data for a total of $200 and it can only go up from there since I lose the unlimited data plan. Thats a 66% price increase! Now that's Ouch.

jalawler 12/5/2012 | 5:30:33 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

It's not a good plan for low volume users. The "Network Access" charges used to be $10 per phone, 0 for a tablet, so if you had a minimal voice/text usage package this will be more expensive.

Anne Morris 12/5/2012 | 5:30:33 PM
re: Verizon: One Data Bucket to Rule Them All

Interesting to see this coming hot on the heels of Macheen's announcement yesterday, although of course Verizon had made its intentions known previously. Would be great when this kind of plan spreads more in Europe, where there don't seem to be too many so far.

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