On June 28, Verizon Wireless will begin offer its new "Share Everything Plan" for smartphones, basic phones, tablets and more.
The new plan will forever change the way you and I (if you have Verizon as a carrier) purchase wireless service. The Share Everything Plans includes unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and you can purchase a data plan to share with up to 10 phones on one account. The Mobile Hotspot service on all devices will be included in the plan at no additional charge.
Verizon Wireless is phasing out nearly all of its existing phone plans and replacing them with a pricing scheme that encourages customers to connect non-phone devices to the Verizon network.
The unlimited voice minutes intrigued me since I have several family members on different cell providers. I am told that the "unlimited" is truly unlimited. The unlimited voice option of the plan means regardless who you call, what service they are using or what type of device (landline, cell, etc.) the service is unlimited.
"Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service. They are simple; customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are unlimited."
The Share Everything Plan will be available to new customers and existing customers who wish to move to the new plan.
The plan starts at $40 a month per smart phone and the date packages start at $50 for 1GB. You can also add a tablet to the plan for $10 per month and their Jetpack data stick, for laptops, for $20 per month.
Current customers are free to keep their existing plans, but there is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans. Verizon has set up an online tool to help customers determine the best Share Everything Plan option at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.
The idea is likely to be copied quickly, at least by AT&T, which says it is already considering rolling out its own shared-data plans soon.