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Verizon Wireless Revamps Service Plans

The cell phone giant's new plans go into effect June 28.

Verizon Wireless has overhauled its service plans to allow customers to use their data allotments across multiple devices.

Up until now, Verizon and its largest competitors have had to pay separate data charges for each device.

The nation's largest cell phone provider's new plans, which also change how customers pay for texting and phone calls, will go into effect on June 28.

"Today's move by Verizon ... is the most profound change to pricing the telecom industry has seen in 20 years," Craig Moffett, an analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein, wrote in a research note. 

Chief rival AT&T could follow suit very soon, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal also put together a Q&A on what Verizon's "Share Everything" plan means for current customers. A couple highlights:

  • Customers on a tiered data plan can stay on their current plan or switch to a new one. Customers on an unlimited data plan must switch when they buy a new phone at a discount.
  • There is a monthly charge for each device on a data plan. The Q&A breaks it down.

So, how much will the new plan cost you? That depends on all sorts of factors, but Verizon Wireless has a calculator on its website to help figure that out. 

Porterincollingswood June 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I was also shocked at how little data I was using on the "unlimited plan" (1.2GB average on my iPhone). Probably the tablet is where you ring up the GB's.
Shirley June 16, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I'm with you, Ric. I use my mobile only for emergencies. When I use a phone I want a landline. There's no transmission delay latency AND it's located next to a comfortable sofa. Where did you get your Tracphone? I'm paying Verizon $15/mo for my mobe; $20/90 days is a much better deal.
Ric June 20, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Shirley, I got my TracPhone phone at WalMart. To operate it, I buy a 90 day card and any minutes I do not use are carried forward. I renew over the internet. I have over 300 unused minutes. I am sorry it took me so long to respond. I had not checked back. Good luck.
Phil June 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM
All my friends with iPhone's use more data, I have an Android one, it's just something about the iOS. Other's who ring up the GBs are using their phone to stream music almost all day long. I don't do that so yeah, email, FB, pics, that's about it for me.
Townie June 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Phil. You're assumption is wrong. The iPhone uses less data. There are applications to manage this on an Android device, but here's the reason: the OS. This is from the Onavo blog (one of the apps to manage data): The Android OS design makes it far easier for an app to run in the background, giving the opportunity for such an app to use available system resources at any given time, specifically – mobile data. With Apple’s iOS, apps have a much more limited lifecycle and running scope, enabling them to consume data primarily when the user is actually using them. For example: on Android, an app you installed but never use can be eating up your data plan.

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