Verizon shared family data plans may be coming in 2012

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By Adam Zeis on 7 Dec 2011 04:37 pm EST
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According to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam, Verizon expects to make shared family data plans available some time in 2012. This is awesome news for customers with multiple data-hungry devices either on their own or in the family as, much like shared voice plans, users will be able to share a data bucket instead of separate plans. While there were no specifics stated, McAdam speculated:

"I think in 2012 we will see it," McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference. "We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal." 

AT&T and Sprint have also hinted at such plans which would surely be a welcome addition across the board. I for one would love shared data plans for my devices (and so would my wallet). So what say you - is this a good thing for Verizon and other carriers? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Fierce Wireless

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Verizon shared family data plans may be coming in 2012

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And no way will they allow me to convert my grandfathered unlimited data plan to an unlimited family data plan without paying a huge premium.

McAdam's was speaking more about people having one Plan/Account for multiple devices. So one Plan that would cover your Phone, Tablet, Laptop... as well as the device for others in you Family.

One of the Key features of the PlayBook is the Bridge and not being forced to have a separate data plan.

i really like the verizon wireless store picture

you think they could have found something slightly newer, check out that curve, lol

and the verizon wireless "can you hear me now" guy, camon - paleeze

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the pricing of anything won't benefit the consumer, don't people know this yet?

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in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

wireless providers are always looking out for our best interests, lol, carry on
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in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

look how serious the guy in the suit is, walking so confidently, obviously talking some serious "business" on his phone, my hero for sure!
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in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

I agree.. pricing will be key. I'm not giving up my $30 unlimited and my wife's $15 200 MB plan only to get a 4 GB Shared Data plan for $60 ...

ps. I'd also like to see "buckets" of text messaging.. not everybody wants unlimited texting...

i wanna see roll over data...un-used data roll over to next month to use...I paid for it.. Why don't i get to keep it right??

It depends on cost and how much data. But I'd love to see what we get. As for roll over data like people commented about I would love at&t to get that.

maybe Sprint will allow for one $30/mo fee for unlimited data on all members of the family plan...that would be sweet but let's not get our hopes up. Carriers actually lowering prices? HAHAHA