Verizon Shared Data Plans Coming in 2012 Says Verizon CEO

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 11, 2011
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For families, sharing minutes and messages is probably the best way to save money. Almost every wireless provider now offers a plan like this. However, to our knowledge, not one wireless provider offers a plan for sharing data. No, we are not talking about sending emails and files, we are talking about multiple users sharing the same data plan.

Back in June, AT&T admitted that they were working on shared data plans for their customers. However, they refused to give out a date for the plan’s release. When Verizon’s CEO, Lowell McAdam, told the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, “I think in 2012 we will see it… Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal”, we could not help but get all happy inside. Within the next few months, families might gain the ability to purchase a large amount of minutes, messages, and data, and then add each member for a flat rate. Although Verizon’s prices will probably still remain relatively high, and the data limits will remain relatively small, shared data plans will definitely be bringing savings to families across America.

Would you sign-up for a shared data plan? Or do you prefer to have your own limit? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Anonymous

    How would that work for those of us grandfathered in with unlimited data plans?

  • Broeman

    Good question! I have unlimited data now.

  • Cristie Maez

    I like having the unlimited plan we were grandfathered in to. Its just my husband and I, so ojr own data plan is good for us!

  • Broeman

    I am wondering how it will work if we buy a tablet in addition those of us that have unlimited data grandfathered in? Might be a way to get us out of this plan into a tiered plan to support the tablet.

  • Womack74

    Screw all this, I have unlimited data right now. What I want to know is when is the Galaxy Nexus coming out? I swear if it wasn’t for my unlimited data that I’m grandfathered into, i would ditch Verizon in a heartbeat.

  • Dkweazer

    I have unlimited on my phone and want it for my 3 kids phones. Will they be grandfatherd in under my plan? Have already checked into another provider and they have unlimited for everyone on the plan at a great savings from verizon. How long do I have to wait for this to go into effect with verizon as my plan is up in the middle of March!? Had verizon for over 8 years and would like to stay but your prices are to high for family plans.

  • Bedowin

    I’m waiting to see if it is better to get out of Verizon and go to a data plan that will fit all of my 5 kids and my husband and I, or not. If they don’t do something soon, we’re going to have to make the switch. Not worth $40 more a phone line per month at the rate we are already asked to pay, even though we have unlimited.