Essentially I'm in search of definitive answers to the upcoming changes to the data paln services provided by Verizon. I've read a lot of posts in which some show benefit and some do not for what I may require after this paln change. A lot of compelling arguments on all sides but some not so compelling arguments as well. I'm just looking for round dollar figures and why this may or may not work for me. Now we ahve three Smart devices (1 Droid with unlimited, 1 iPhone with limited data and 1 Galaxy Tablet with imited data) and two standard phones with no data services. In keeping things the way they are I would imagine there would be no change to my bill until a renewal is due. Now if I wanted to change the two plain mobile phones to Smart devices, I guess this is where things get tricky and prices may escalate (don't know for sure but trying to get answers). If I upgraded the other two to Smart phones, I would then have 5 smart devices on my plan sharing about 1400 voice minutes. I suppsoe I'm looking at a $300-$300+ bill per month based on the addition of data services whether they're the lowest possible per device or not. Is this true? Ironically we're also looking to add at least two iPads as well. Datahog, maybe we are and maybe we're not but it appears that this new structure will hurt quite a bit. It focuses on increasing revenue from data usage, per device. It seems to erase the benefit on having a family plan or migrating to one. Having data services have become a luxury my family is getting accustomed to because it allows you and your children to continue to work or do homework even while away or taking road trips. Again I'm not speaking as an expert on this matter but am simply trying to see what works best for me and my family.
Sure lets break that down.
What you pay with Today's Plan
2 Smart phones = 80$
2 Basic = 20$
1 Tablet = 20$ (1 Gb) - This was not specified.
1400 Minutes = 70$
Current bill not including insurance/taxes (no mention of texting) = 190$
If you bring the other 2 phones to smart phones with 2 gb = 250$
If you add 2 more iPads = 290$ (This is a total of 9 Gb of data on your tiered, your unlimited could be 1 gb or 15 that I do not know)
Smartphone1 - Unlimited
Smartphone2 - 2Gb
Smartphone3 - 2Gb
Smartphone4 - 2Gb
Tablet 1 - 1Gb
Tablet 2 - 1Gb
Tablet 3 - 1Gb
The data alone, costs 140$ for the 9 + 30$ for the unlimited = 170$ total.
Your plan is 70$ for 1400 Minutes.
Your phones are 40$ for "line access"
2 Smart phones - 80$
2 Phones - 60$
Tablet - 10$
4Gb plan - 70$
Total - 220$
So here, you see a rise in price, due to the basic phone being changed from 10$ - 30$ each.
Here is the model if you go through with getting more tablets/phones on the plan.
4 Smartphones - 160$
3 Tablets - 30$
10 Gb data - 100$
Total = 290$
Note: also under stand that your phone can be used as a mobile hotspot, if you always have your phone and tablet, You could skip adding your tablet to the plan and save 10 bucks by using wifi from your phone.
So the 2 in these examples, with all your devices are the same price. Lets look at the Cons/Benefits. (Disclaimer: Your view of Pros/Cons may not agree)
Current Model 290$ (4 Smart phones - 3 Tablets - 1400 Minutes)
1 Phone has unlimited Data, With out our knowledge of how much data this phone uses, we cant say whether its a con or benefit, if your only using 1/2 Gb a month, It isn't much of a Benefit. If you use more than 2Gb It is a benefit.
Your data is your data, Each phone uses its own pool, you never have to worry about if someone else is using a lot of data, because it won't affect your data plan.
You pay on your plan based on your minutes, there fore have more control over how much you pay for your "plan", if you want less minutes, you can choose a lower costing plan.
Cheaper basic phone access.
Able to decide if you want texting or not, which makes the bill lower.
You have to pay extra for mobile hot spot, which doubles your Data plan cost. Example: 2gb for phone access is 30, mobile hot spot 2 gb is 30.
Wasted data, if your only using 1 Gb of 2Gb, you used half of what you paid for.
Data is more expensive, In our example, we got 9 Gb of data for 140$ leaving the unlimited as an unknown factor, Lets say the unlimited uses 2Gb, then thats 11 Gb for 170$. And this is static per device. What doesnt get used, just doesnt get used.
Possible to go over minutes.
New Model 290$ (4 Smart phones - 3 Tablets - Unlimited Minutes/texting)
Data Sharing, all devices share a pool of data.
Cheaper data, 100$ covers 10 Gb, to get to the 170 the old plan cost, we could use 17 Gb.
Unlimited calling and texting.
Scalability, after a few months your not hitting the 10Gb? Scale down and get a cheaper plan. I consider the share plan to be more scalable than a stand alone, because your viewing everything as a family rather than one to one. While you could do scaling on one to one, it is more tedious as you have to change the plan on every phone/device.
Free mobile hot spot, this could save you money. You could save 30$ and use the tablets through your phone.
Less waste, as the pool is open to everyone, you will be less likely to waste as much.
Data sharing, it may be hard to adjust to one or 2 power users. You have to worry about others usage, to make sure everyone is in range.
No diversity in minute plans, causing the plan to be charged on data alone, you lose the ability to cut back on minutes to lessen the bill.
Data cap, if all your devices prior had unlimited, your now forced to occur overages if you use more than you buy.
This is what I came up with. Good luck with your choice!
You make a valid point however this isn't always the situation people are currently in, and while this new tiered structure may appeal to many people, a large company like verizon should continue to try and appeal to EVERYONE and their own diverse needs. People fail to understand that especially when it comes to business customers are everything, the more people you can attract to your service the more money you make, the more resources you can afford to invest in to draw MORE customers to your service, and the cycle continues. I must ask what about the people who are perfectly content with their current service? What's to stop verizon from continuing to offer unlimited data plans to those individuals who sincerely feel that they need it?
LOL someone giving a multi-billion dollar business advice...Do you tell your tax agent how to do his job? What about your car mechanic, or plumber?