Verizon Family Data Plans Coming in 2012?

Verizon Family Data Plans Coming in 2012?

File this one under “It’s About Freakin’ Time”: Verizon may offer family data plans next year, according to a report from Fierce Wireless.

The report cites comments by (newly-appointed) Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference indicating that Verizon has been working on developing a way to offer family data plans for a couple of years now, and the company may have finally figured it out.

Family data plans just make sense; in a given family, there may be two or more smartphones, a tablet here or there, a USB modem, and more, and it’s ridiculous to have individual data plans for each device--not to mention oppressively expensive. Family voice and messaging plans have become commonplace, so why not data plans?



Verizon has been gaining momentum as late, furiously rolling out 4G deployments, buying up wireless spectrum, and unveiling new 4G devices. According to Consumer Reports, Verizon is also ranked highest in customer satisfaction among the big four wireless carriers.

Here’s hoping the competition will catch up quickly, because we’d to see a family data plan price war.
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Sprint came in at number two on the customer satisfaction survey and what a surprise At&t came in dead last. A price war on data has to happen these companies are making far too much profit on data if you ask me.

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Too late. We're moving to Republic Wireless as soon as possible.

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i hope this is true, i would really like them to keep expanding their 4g network, if we got 4g and family plan were i lived we would all have new phones. This is great news but i agree it is definetly way past time.

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I left them a little while ago now so this does not affect me anymore personally anyway. I do however still have a couple of family members that use Verizon. Of course this is smart in a business sense for Verizon, but the real thing would be to have done it before it is demanded, and then as a company you would truly look or seem to be better than the market. They have no choice really now as there loosing customers like me over this. I finally got a permanent smart phone at the end of May this year. I did previously try Sprint but the connection issues and there inability to help me fix it with my phone I had at that time means I stayed 29 days on my free cancel account and left because of it. SO I am with T-mous and will be for a bit. There connection works for me great.

I was writing a response to Adrianoque on XDA earlier concerning this type of thing t an extent. However; that was really more about the fact that the general public is snowed into thinking we have a true Capitalistic economy which is no longer true at least completely, and has not been so in the better part of 20 years. The system commercially, economically and politically is owned by generally the highest bidder.

If we truly had an economy of said nature I could choose from 10 or more major providers not 4.5 for my mobile communications needs. I could if that were true also choose from more than a handful for my data and media incoming connections at my home. Then on top of that I am lucky to have the amount of options I personally have at home for said connections in Atlanta as most in the US do not have that much relatively.

Besides that the data cap junk is basically a rip off anyway as I could easily get by on a 1Gb cap or less (I used to have a 200Mb one ($5) but that is no longer available) and I currently have the smallest one available of 2Gb which is over what I need because I know how to manage my data consumption!

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This wont work. Most people already go over their 2gb cap, much less splinting that with a family. Maybe if it was like 10gb for $50 maybe i could see that working. But VZ will charge a whooollee lot im gussing.

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