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 Verizon To Phase Out Existing Plans, Announces Share Everything Plans
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Message Text: Verizon Wireless is phasing out almost all of its existing phone plans and replacing them with the Share Everything Plans - pricing schemes that encourage users to connect their tablets and PCs to the Verizon network.

The Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices. In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge.

The new plans debut on June 28 and will be available to Verizon's new, as well as existing, customers who may wish to move to the new plans.

"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. Share Everything Plans are convenient; customers purchase one data plan and they share it with up to 10 mobile devices. And, they are worry-free; customers can connect their 3G or 4G devices wherever and whenever they want on America's most reliable network," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.

To get started on a Share Everything Plan, Verizon's customers first select the devices they want on their accounts. The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50. Verizon's customers adding a tablet on their Share Everything Plans can do so for an additional $10, with no long-term contract requirement. The following matrix shows pricing for an account with several different devices, such as a smartphone, a tablet and a basic phone, billed to the same individual:

Step 1 Step 2

Monthly Line Access
(per device)

Shared Minutes Shared Messages Shared Data Monthly Account Access (shared with up to 10 devices)

Smartphones - $40
Basic Phones - $30
Jetpacks/USBs/ Notebooks/Netbooks - $20
Tablets - $10

Unlimited Unlimited 1 GB $50
Unlimited Unlimited 2 GB $60
Unlimited Unlimited 4 GB $70
Unlimited Unlimited 6 GB $80
Unlimited Unlimited 8 GB $90
Unlimited Unlimited 10 GB $100


There are also separate plans for accounts with only basic phones, or data only devices such as USB modems or Jetpack Mobile Hotspots.

If used only with a smartphone, "Share Everything" prices are lower than for current plans with unlimited calling and texting, but higher than plans with limited calling and texting.

The plans are expected to push many subscribers toward spending more by including unlimited calling and texting by default.

The savings will come to subscribers who add more devices to their plans. For example, adding a tablet to a plan will cost $10 per month. Adding a USB data stick for a laptop will cost $20.

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.
 
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