Verizon Wireless has announced some big changes this week. The new Verizon Wireless Share Everything plan is rolling out, but not without a lot of complaining and even panic from those who are accustomed to their unlimited data accounts. Regardless of the pros or cons of this new plan, the important thing is that Verizon customers with unlimited data plans will not be forced to change.
There has been a lot of reverberation online from the announcement, with expectations of other carriers to follow suit soon. Computer World speculates that the move could actually “sink the carrier.” Wall Street Journal has a more measured analysis, explaining some of the more detailed areas of the plan. The Christian Science Monitor breaks down several scenarios, showing how the new plan can save certain users some money on their monthly bill.
The new Share Everything plan is set up to incorporate tablets and other devices to utilize the purchased amount of data that was formerly allocated to just one device. Verizon had already changed to a tier pricing plan a year ago for any new accounts, requiring data to be purchased in set amounts, such as 2, 5, or 10 GB. The new Share Everything Plan allows people who purchase data plans for more than one device to streamline their account, keeping up with only one account for their data usage. According to Wall Street Journal’s article, some people may save some money.
In summary, like it or not, data access now must be purchased. This new plan is set up to help people more efficiently organize and utilize the data that they purchase from Verizon Wireless. The big change in billing happened a year ago when unlimited data plans were removed from the menu of Verizon Wireless. We could say it’s water under the bridge or spilt milk.
Like people who purchased homes at low interest rates and low market value, some people are lucky enough to hold one of the unlimited data plan packages. Basically, those who have unlimited data plans need to understand that they can still keep their unlimited data plans without changing to the Share Everything plan. The main place that they will feel a bite is when they upgrade their device and don’t get that 2-year discount that people have come to expect. If you purchase a smartphone valued at $699.00, you will pay $699.00.
Other than that, those who have an unlimited data plan will see no other change. According to Karen M. Schultz from Verizon Public Relations in Tennessee and the Carolinas :
Verizon Wireless stopped selling Unlimited Data Plans last year although customers who had those plans were allowed to keep them. Nothing has changed. Customers who have an Unlimited Data Plan now, may keep their Unlimited Data Plan. They can also keep their Unlimited Data Plan if they purchase a new phone at full retail price. However, if a customer chooses to purchase a new phone at the discounted price, they will have the option of adding an existing usage based line level data feature ($30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB or $80 for 10GB) or the customer may move their entire account to one of the new Share Everything Plans.
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