Yesterday was the day Verizon transitioned from its traditional voice and data plans to shared plans that let customers use a bucket of data with multiple devices. “We’re changing the way you buy wireless,” said Verizon’s director of marketing Steve Mesnick when speaking with the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
The new Share Everything plans became available Thursday, June 28 for new customers and existing customers who want to switch. Customers can buy a bucket of data that includes unlimited calling and text messaging. Monthly data buckets start at 1GB for $50 and go up to 10GB for $100. Each smartphone added to a line will cost an additional $40 each month, while feature phones will cost $30. Customers can also add Jetbacks/USB modems for $20 per month and tablets for $10. A single customer with one smartphone and one tablet would pay $110 monthly for 2 GB of data, unlimited calling and unlimited messaging ($60 for the data, $40 for the smartphone and $10 for the tablet).
Though many decried the plans when they were announced earlier this month, Verizon spokesperson Brenda Rainey told Fierce Wireless that Verizon is “pleased with the response to the first day of availability.” She added that “the plans tap into pent up demand from customers who want to share their data allowance with all the devices on their accounts and we saw many customers who couldn’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity.”
You can read more about the Share Everything plans on Verizon’s website. If you’re a Verizon customer, jump into the comments and let us know what you think about these new plans.