In the competitive wireless provider market, it’s tough for the major players to gain an edge over one another, but one way to do that is by offering compelling service plans. Verizon
is taking a swing at offering the type of plan consumers have been clamoring for—one that lets users on the same account share a pool of minutes, text messages, and data—with its new Share Everything plans.
In a nutshell, you choose a base plan and then add on devices you want to share with. Plans start at $50 a month, which gets you unlimited talk and text with 1GB of shared data and range up to $100 a month for unlimited talk and text with 10GB of data to share.
It’ll cost you to add devices to the plan, though—it’s $40 for each additional smartphone, $30 for a basic phone, $20 for a mobile hotspot, and $10 for a tablet or other mobile device.
There’s a separate spate of plans specifically to accommodate tablets, mobile hotspots, and other mobile broadband devices; those start at $30 a month for 4GB of shared data and go up to $60 for 10GB. As above, adding a mobile hotspot is another $20 a month, and a tablet is $10.
Verizon hasn’t forgotten about basic phone users. For $10 a month, those folks can have 700 minutes of talk time and pay per message and per MB of data; $40 a month gets you unlimited talk and text with 300MB of shared data. Additional phones are $30 a month on these plans.