Ditch Your Current Plan for Verizon’s Shared Everything?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – New shared data plans are on the way from mobile provider Verizon Wireless. The company announced the move on Tuesday, providing customers with options that all involve unlimited for shared minutes and messaging. However, data use allowed varies between 1 and 10GB dependent upon which of the six plans a customer goes with. Meanwhile, pricing ranges between $50 and $100 dollars.

“When developing these plans, we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan.  We also looked at the technology and how customers were using it to manage their lives.  And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future,” commented Verizon Chief Marketing Officer Tami Erwin in a press release.

“Share Everything Plans are the outcome of that research.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.  Share Everything Plans represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service,” continued Erwin.

Up to ten devices can be allowed on each shared account. Adding a tablet is $10 dollars while adding a smartphone is set at $40. Meanwhile, the mobile provider is offering its customers a chance to switch to shared plans without additional costs.

While pricing initially sounds competitive, not everyone is so sure of the move. “Shared data plans are necessary and desired by customers, but I’m not sure this is any less expensive than just going with individual plans for each device,” commented J Golds Associates analyst Jack Golds in a report from Computerworld. Gold continued, “Even if it is cheaper, it’s certainly way more complex … Complexity is not the consumer’s best friend.” The offerings will become available June 28.