10:44 am June 12, 2012, by Christopher Seward
(Update 11:29 a.m.)
Is Verizon onto something?
The biggest competitor among cellphone rivals will let consumers share data plans with up to 10 phones, tablets, laptops or other devices and ditch nearly all of its existing phone plans in the process, the company announced Tuesday.
The more devices, the more savings, since consumers would end up paying more if they had to get separate data plans for each device, instead of one plan for all of them together. The change takes effect June 28.
Adding a tablet to an existing phone data plan under the new “Share Everything” will be an additional $10 a month, instead of $30. Adding a USB data stick for a laptop will cost $20. These are just a few of the examples.
From the Associated Press report:
Current Verizon customers will be able to switch to the new plans or keep their old ones, with one exception. Those who have unlimited-data plans for their smartphones won’t be able to move those to new phones, unless they pay the full, unsubsidized price for those phones. (For example, an iPhone 4S that costs $200 with a two-year contract costs $650 unsubsidized, with no contract.)
Will this seismic shift in phone data plans make you rethink your options,and do you think other competitors will be forced to follow Verizon’s lead?
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