Verizon’s shared family data plans coming soon according to leak

By on March 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM.

Verizon’s shared family data plans coming soon according to leak

A screenshot obtained by PhoneArena seems to confirm that Verizon is in the advanced stages of development for its long-awaited shared family data plans. Speaking during a UBS conference in December, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said the company may roll out shared data plans in 2012. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo in February also confirmed the company’s intentions to launch the new plans this year, stating, “You’ll see something launched midyear this year from us.” A family plan currently requires each smartphone user to subscribe to an individual data plan, however the carrier’s new plans will allow all family members to share a single pool of data similar to sharing voice minutes. The screen capture above reportedly shows a Verizon data calculator, which will help families figure out how much data they use and which plan might be appropriate. More →

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Verizon shared family data plans still on track for 2012

By on February 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Verizon shared family data plans still on track for 2012

Families looking for a shared data option from Verizon Wireless can look forward to a new pooled data option finally launching later this year. In response to a question about shared data plans, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo confirmed the company’s intentions to launch the new plans this year, The Verge reported on Tuesday. “You’ll see something launched midyear this year from us,” he said. The carrier also revealed that out of roughly 108.7 million subscribers, only 5% of customers are using the company’s 4G LTE network. Verizon’s best selling smartphone is the iPhone, which is still just a 3G device. Shammo announced that the company doesn’t want to spend any more money on its 3G network, however, and it will instead focus solely on 4G LTE. The carrier has been running various promotions, such as double data and BOGO sales, to encourage customers to upgrade their old devices to new 4G LTE phones. More →

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Verizon to reportedly roll out shared family data plans soon

By on January 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

Verizon to reportedly roll out shared family data plans soon

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 →

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Verizon CEO says shared data plans could land next year; significant Isis roll-out by end of 2012

By on December 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

Verizon CEO says shared data plans could land next year; significant Isis roll-out by end of 2012

Speaking during a recent UBS conference in New York City, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said that Verizon Wireless may rollout shared data plans next year. Currently, a family of five must have a different data plan for each member of the household; however, the new plans could potentially allow all five family members to share a pool of data, much like a family would share voice minutes. The same benefits could apply to a single customer who has separate data plans for a tablet, a smartphone and a USB modem. “I think in 2012 we will see it,” McAdam said. “We have been working on this for a couple of years. Getting to one bill and getting to account-level pricing is our goal.” McAdam also said that Isis, a mobile wallet initiative created by Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and AT&T, will begin a “significant” rollout of its NFC mobile payment system by the end of 2012 and that it will begin to generate revenue for Verizon by 2013. More →

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