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Re: The Public weighs in on shared data plans

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My current plan gives me 450 minutes and includes unlimited text and unlimited data.  From what your saying, if I choose to upgrade but not go to the Shared Data plan, which I don't really need since it's just me, I'll have to choose the 2GB for $30 data plan.  So that means, I have to pay $30 more per month than I do now for the "privilege" of being limited to 2GB of data?  What an option!

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You won't be paying more, well 1 cent more. The unlimited data plan charge of $29.99 would be removed and a $30 charge for the 2 GB data plan would be added.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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we wont really know how the public feels untill the end of the quarter and we see how many new users verizon added

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Yeah, its a positive for Verizon if they can suck you into it.  In my case they're double the cost of providing data.  On my current phone I get 2G of data for $30, I never get close to 2G of use as at home I use Wi-Fi.  If I add another iPhone for my wife under my current plan I would have to pay another $30 for 2G of data, in essence Verizon has contracted to provide me 4G of data for $60.  Now they want $60 to share 2G of data.  What they apparently didn't understand is when people clamored for the sharing of data we wanted to be able to share data just like minutes, I was willing to share my 2G of data that I was paying $30 for already, I didn't think they were going to double the price and hope people wouldn't notice.

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Quackman16 wrote:

Yeah, its a positive for Verizon if they can suck you into it.  In my case they're double the cost of providing data.  On my current phone I get 2G of data for $30, I never get close to 2G of use as at home I use Wi-Fi.  If I add another iPhone for my wife under my current plan I would have to pay another $30 for 2G of data, in essence Verizon has contracted to provide me 4G of data for $60.  Now they want $60 to share 2G of data.  What they apparently didn't understand is when people clamored for the sharing of data we wanted to be able to share data just like minutes, I was willing to share my 2G of data that I was paying $30 for already, I didn't think they were going to double the price and hope people wouldn't notice.

That cost is not just data but unlimited minutes and texting which would be billed separately under old billing. Youve got to count he ENTIRE bill.

So say you had 2 lines 700 minutes unlimited texting

$60 first line

$30 data plan

$10 2nd line

$30 data plan

$30 unimited texting

TOTAL=$160

Share Everything

Line 1 $40

Line 2 $40

Unlimited minutes, texting and 2 GB of data $60

TOTAL=$140

And you're being ripped off how?

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I hate the new data plan. I think they should grandfather existing customers in to their same plans like they have in the past. I know they won't do that, I'm ready for an upgrade and am counting down the days until my contract is over so I can switch. Goodbye Verizon, it was nice while it lasted.

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with the exception of unlimited data plans (you have to select the individual 2 gig data plan), you can keep your current plan.

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Or you can pay full retail price for a new phone or buy it somewhere else and keep your unlimited data.

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Or $150 if he wants 4GB of shared data.

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We'll you can say that but I don't have unlimited texting and don't need it so the overall price of my plan would be the same but would be of less value to me if I went to the share everything plan, I use maybe 200 messages a month and maybe 200 of my 700 shared minutes, unlike kids most adults don't spend all day talking on the phone or texting, I'm never going to be like my kid and do 20 thousand texts a month. Unlimited voice and text is bogus, the vast majority of people don't use the minutes they already pay for. Your argument is equivalent to saying I should feel good if I go to the gas station one day with 1 car and pay $30 for two gallons of gas, the next day I show up with both my cars and put 1 gallon of gas in each and pay $60 for the same two gallons but I should be happy because the gas station will throw in all the free air for my tires that I want.

If my habits and needs are 200 minutes a month telling me I can have 5 million minutes a month is pointless, I'm just paying for something I don't want and don't have a choice, its the only plan that new customers can get. I don't need to be "bundled", let me pick a la cart how many minutes and gigabytes of data I want to share, geez if I'm single who am I sharing with. Even the cable and satellite companies provide various services and price levels and let the consumer decide what is best for them. Verizon is telling consumers you can have any color you want as long as its black. At least with AT&T you can choose between individual plans and shared plans. If they don't change I'll be switching to Sprint when the time comes as I actually get a strong 3G signal at home unlike the Verizon signal that fades in and out, in addition for a cheaper price I can get unlimited data.

You can spin it anyway you want but they doubled the price of the data. In the example below I pay $10 a month for texting not $30 so my total before a company discount is $140, but I would get 4G of data not the 2G in the new sharing plan and still have plenty of voice and text capacity for my situation. Data is whats valuable not voice and texts, just like gas is more valuable than air for my tires. Yes I need some air just like I need some voice/texting, but I don't need unlimited amounts. Anyway I'm sure there are examples that work both ways, the point is the consumer should have a choice of what they need and/or want. One size doesn't fit all.

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