Verizon to offer family data plans by the middle of the year

Verizon to offer family data plans by the middle of the year

Later this year, Verizon will be offering family data plans, which should help heavy data users by bringing multiple caps under one umbrella. Of course, this also has the potential to screw some people out of data usage, depending on how they implement it. We shall simply have to see. At an investor conference, Verizon CTO Fran Shammo spoke of the plans and Verizon’s extensive research into the data plans, and their approach in handling them. Shammo stated that

(it’s) a very complex equation because we have to make sure that it’s good for Verizon and it’s also good for our customer. It’s important to realize that the day we launch this account billing, everybody won’t be migrating to the account billing day one. This is going to be a long-term migration into where we want to get data plan sharing, but this will be more of a 4G play.

Given that it’s a focus on 4G, there’s a possibility that some sort of LTE inclusion will be mandatory, but of course we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully this will be beneficial to everyone, and not a shady ploy to make more money by shivving their customers.

So, Verizon customers, sound off! What do you think about this development? Positive or negative? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. thelicoriceman
    March 01, 11:09 Reply

    I am lucky enough to have the unlimited data plan in my family, I hope that doesn’t go away anytime soon.

    • Myindependentdealer
      March 01, 16:23 Reply

      I have unlimited too and if they cut me out of that I will be shopping for another carrier for sure.

      • Bob Beideck
        March 02, 23:51 Reply

        Unlimited could end if you upgrade from 3G to 4G (the path isn’t clear), but otherwise, Verizon will probably tether, so that you eventually want to leave them or change plans.
        Looks like it could apply to 4G only, too. (Darn!)

        • thelicoriceman
          March 06, 12:50 Reply

          I have unlimited 4G data on my Thunderbolt right now so I’m ok with 4G.

          I think they throttle my connection though because I download a lot of stuff OTA along with wifi hotspots all the time.

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