There are some valid reasons to criticize Verizon’s new “Share Everything” plans — the main one being that they don’t offer as much value as Verizon’s old unlimited data plan — but T-Mobile doesn’t have many of them. That didn’t stop the carrier from promoting an old blog post on its Twitter feed earlier this week that outlined the value of T-Mobile’s family plans compared with the shared plans of “some of their competitors.” While the post never mentioned Verizon by name, the fact that T-Mobile promoted this piece on the same day Verizon announced its shared plans makes it pretty clear that T-Mobile still thinks its points and conclusions are still valid. But does T-Mobile really offer “simple, unlimited data plans” that differ significantly from Verizon? Not quite. More →
Speaking during a UBS conference in December, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said the company may roll out shared data plans in 2012. According to an unnamed source, the shared data packages could become available soon, reports Engadget. A family plan currently requires each smartphone to purchase a different data plan, but the new plans could allow all family members to share a single pool of data similar to how a they currently share voice minutes. The image above is said to show training materials that contain a new section labeled “account level data plans.” The section reportedly depicts an account-level charge for data allowance and a $9.99 charge per line. More →
Verizon Wireless will soon offer discounts on monthly plans to smartphone users who subscribe to a family plan, The Wall Street Journal reports. The new promotion, which starts Friday and will allow sign ups through January 7th, will require customers to have smartphones with $29.99 per month unlimited data plans. While WSJ did not specify the discount scheme Verizon’s new promotion will employ, it did report that discounts would be up to $30 off monthly bills on family plans ranging from $69.99 to $149.99 per month. Verizon Wireless has yet to make any official announcement regarding the promotion.
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T-Mobile customers will be happy to learn of some changes the company is rolling out some positive new plan changes. Nothing too crazy, but we’d be hard-pressed to find someone who would turn away free minutes or features. Let’s have a look:
- We’re adding unlimited mobile to mobile on all single line plans at $49.99 and higher, at no additional cost.
- New promotional myFaves plan for $89.99 that includes 1800 minutes, unlimited nights and weekends, unlimited mobile to mobile and my Faves.
- Adding 500 additional minutes to the $99.99 and $129.99 FamilyTime Plans at no extra cost.
- For the $119.99 and $149.99 myFaves for families plans, we are adding 500 minutes, and we are lowering their prices by $10.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows however, as there are a few changes T-Mobilers might not be so excited about. The Family Allowances introductory period is now over and the service will run new users $4.99 per month as opposed to $2 (we knew that was coming though so it’s hard to complain). Also, it looks like data plans have been shuffled around for some accounts as we’ve seen two reports of the $20 internet option disappearing in favor of the newer $25 unlimited web + 400 messages option. We can confirm the $20 add on is still available on several types of accounts however, so don’t worry just yet. In the end, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives so good show, T-Mo.