October 21, 2014

Verizon Considering Family Data, Android Kills Verizon's RIM Sales

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal reported on by DailyTech, Verizon CEO Daniel Mead talked about the fact that his company may be open to exploring a shared family plan data charge, he gave an interesting reply:

When asked whether he would consider family plan pricing for data, Mead responded, “We’ve shared voice minutes and text messages for the family. I think it’s fully in the realm of possibility in the not-to-distant future to be able to start thinking through the options … That’s a vehicle to get there.” He called it “account-level pricing.”

As both my wife and I use Android phones, we have two data charges which I would love to see folded into one lower rate.  It will be interesting to see if Verizon leads the way with carriers on this kind of pricing plan.

The article went on to talk about the fact that 80% of Verizon’s smartphones sales last year were for Android devices, demolishing RIM and their Blackberry line.  I am interested to see if RIM makes a comeback with this holiday season, but I think the writing is on the wall, RIM is in some trouble.