Verizon Family Data Plans Launching This Summer-ish

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tony2tonez

Perfect. Time to dump AT&T family plan. Their service sucks ass so bad in NYC area. I will be moving everyone over to that and getting new phones. I have a verizon work phone and I never have a issue anywhere.

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JohnP

My 3 phones share minutes and one of us pays for a texting plan with Verizon. That has worked out great. I have been pestering Verizon for a family data plan for 2 years now. When they roll it out, then it is time for 3 new smart phones.
Did not think about Wi-fi use with the smart phones, heh. Unfortunately, trying to get a smart phone without paying for a data plan is impossible.

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gforaker

I am similar. I finally got an iPhone in January. I do use it quite a bit, but usually at home, work, or lunch where I have free wifi. 3G data usage has been surprisingly low. I had been concerned because I have another phone on the family account grandfathered with unlimited usage. I was unsuccessful getting them to transfer the unlimited to this phone.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The high data fees are why I still use a dumb phone. I'm not paying $40-50 a month just to access the web once in a blue moon.

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kixofmyg0t

"My family's two phones typically use less than 1GB of mobile data every month"

Wtf? Do you have a Blackberry that's stuck on EDGE or something?!? If I were you I would just cancel and get a dumbphone. You don't even need data if both lines use less than 1GB. Go pre-paid or something.

My wife uses 2GB a month on her 3G DROID 3(in addition to over 5,000 texts) alone.....whereas I use between 4 to 10+GB with my 4G LTE DROID Bionic depending if I'm in the field or not.

Thank god for Unlimited 4G LTE.

EDIT: Neither one of us tether.

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Brad Chacos

Nah, we each use our phones' Internet connections nonstop, we just tend to stick to places that offer Wi-Fi (home, friends' houses, school, bookstore, etc). It's worth having a data plan for those times we aren't near a hotspot, though -- especially if I feel like streaming Spotify or something. I use our phones for work-related stuff that wouldn't be possible with a dumbphone, either.

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kixofmyg0t

I didn't mean to be as rude as I was. Just reread and thought I was a bit harsh.

For real though you could save some money by going pre-paid since you both don't use that much data.

Idk how you do it....I just looked at my usage and I'm @935MB. I'm 6 days into this months billing cycle.

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Brad Chacos

No worries, you didn't come off as harsh, kixofmyg0t. As for how I do it: I'm a telecommuter with a home office. That really cuts back on the on-the-road data usage.

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FrancesTheMute

Same here. I stuck with the 200MB/month plan with AT&T because I found that my iPhone was on WiFi about 80% of time (got a nice WiFi hotspot right in the IT shop at work!). The pub I go to for watching soccer has free WiFi, as well.

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RSpears

I use over 3 GB a month on Verizon's LTE. Lots of podcast, internet radio, and Pandora. I'm around WiFi alot, but its unlimited and Verizon has never throttled me.

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AntonioGarrison

I asked about this initially when I got my Verizon phone in 2010. It sucked that I couldn't share a data plan. Though I wonder if my unlimited data plan will just be shared between the two or if I would have to move to a limited bandwidth plan to get this deal.

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bloodgain

You really have to wonder? Of course, this move is partially in hopes of moving more people off of the unlimited grandfathered plans.

Saving a few bucks on a shared data plan would be nice, but I don't know if I'll give up my unlimited for less than $15/month savings. Overages could hurt much worse unless they implement a gentle per-N-GB overage policy (i.e. $15 per 5GB or something). A little rollover, even with a cap, would be OK, too. I don't always need enough data to stream a few Netflix movies to a 4G smartphone, but some months it can be useful.

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Supall

Knowing Verizon, you won't share your Unlimited Data plans. Also knowing Verizon, it'll be 5 GB, 10GB, 20 GB data plans at $50, $90, and $160.

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AntonioGarrison

If that was the case, it wouldn't be worth switching at that point. 10$ in savings to be capped... pass.

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