Share plans are better for people wanting to have multiple devices. Instead of having to pay for multiple contracts you just pay the $10-$30 for the access fee onto your $100 plan. Which does save some people money. I personally do not save money by switching. That's why I'm keeping mine.
I looked last night and it would save me about $30-40 over my current plan. I have 3 data plans and totaling the highest usage of the last 6 months we were still under 4GB. I think with 6GB that would give us plenty of room to grow. I am going to have a discussion with the others and see what they think. There are two simple phones on the plan too so we are maxed out and I could add more devices if I want to in the future too.
$200 subsidized device or free depending on a $30 data plan vs $500 and a $10 or $20 monthly fee on top of your data doesnt seem like it saves anyone.Quote:
Originally Posted by zomnomnombie
What I don't understand is why they didn't make tiered/family share plans EXTREMELY attractive to lure more people away from their unlimited (and new customers away from other carriers), at least for a couple years, and THEN raised prices. We personally don't need unlimited. With two smartphones we go thru less than 4gb a month. I've said many times that sharing data is an awesome idea. But they missed the mark on their pricing. Either the access fees should have been lower ($20 for SP, $10 for FP) OR the data "buckets" should have been lower ($30 for 2gb, $40 for 3, etc...)
Well, It's been kind of obvious for awhile that VZW will phase out unlimited data...there's no real profit in it for them. They've already stopped new customers from getting it (last year), only allowing "grandfathered" clients to hold on to it. Now (June 28), they've stopped grandfathered, subsidized clients from doing it. Right now, no one can BUY an unlimited plan, they can only renew it by paying full retail price for a new phone, meaning the CLIENT is subsidizing unlimited data!
So, unlimited data will stay profitable for VZW for awhile, since the client is paying for it. But sure, at some point in the future, they can simply say, "Well, unlimited data is proving to be a huge drain on our resources and thus a drain on our ability to service our customers, so as of August 1, 2014 (or 2013, or even 2012), we will automatically convert users of unlimited data to a 4 GB plan, at a reduced rate (or not)...blah blah.
They can do this at any time, so let's just enjoy UD while we've got it. I've never expected to keep UD indefinitely. Someday, it's going to go away, and you can cuss and threaten to leave Verizon and go to Change.org all you want...but consider this: How many times has Verizon changed ANYTHING because of customer protest? Not a long list, I'll bet.
I would rather pay full price for an unlocked phone and have unlimited data.
Looking at how good no contract hardware selection and monthly rates are now, I'm no doubt going contract free next time around.
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