Take the Verizon "Share Everything" Challenge!

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I've scoured the web and forums but have yet to hear about ANYONE saving money with the new Verizon plans. I challenge anyone to post their "before and after" scenarios and prove the new plans are saving them money. (A case of beer to the winner!)
 

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Well no matter how I work the numbers, I don't see where I would save money. Hell, I'm not even looking to save money. Leave my account as is. Stop suckering people into certain programs, only to shaft them at a later date.

As an after thought, if I purchase my future phones at full retail, will my monthly bill be reduced accordingly?

The four smartphones on my account all retail between $650-$750. The average subsidy is $400 per phone over a 2 year period. That would account for $67 monthly. I realize my math is flawed, but whether I take the subsidized phones, or pay full retail, my monthly balance is unchanged. Grr!!
 

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As an after thought, if I purchase my future phones at full retail, will my monthly bill be reduced accordingly?

If carriers claim they lock you into two-year contracts in order to recoup the cost of subsidizing you a phone, your monthly bill really should decrease once your contract is up and you're just month to month.

Sad thing is - your bill won't go down. At least not with Verizon. Same thing for taking your own device to Verizon and going month-to-month, post-paid. You'll pay the same monthly as someone who got their phone subsidized.

But - since you're not under contract, there would be no ETF to pay should you decide to leave.

I believe T-Mobile is the only carrier that has month-to-month, post-paid plans that are cheaper than two-year contract plans.
 
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1400 min plan 100
2 smartphones 80
tablet 30
total 210

new plan

10 GB 100
2 smartphones 80
tablet 10

190

savings 20 dollars savings

You're paying 40 a month for the data on the smartphones? It should only be 30, and if that is the case, you're breaking even.
 

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Currently paying $165+taxes for 2 phones 1400 shared ($70+ $10 access fees on each), $30 data, and $5/$10 text plans. I could go to 2GB plan with unlimited voice & text for $140+taxes. Both phones combined we currently use about 1GB per month.

ETA: What do I win?
 
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Surprisingly, I'll save money going to the new plan, if I figured out everything correctly. I'm going to go over everything with the Verizon employee very carefully before switching though.

Old plan:
My Droid 3 900 minutes $60, Data $30, Unlimited text $20
Dad smart phone add'l line $10, Data $30, Text $5
Mom "normal" phone add'l line $10, Text $5
Xoom Tablet $35 for 3GB data

Total $205
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New plan:
My Droid 3 $40
Dad Smart phone $40
Mom "normal" phone $30
Xoom tablet $10
4GB shared data $70

Total $190

I've checked through the last 4 months of bills to figure out our average data uses between my phone, my Dad's phone, and my Xoom tablet. And I'm supposed to be getting Wifi at work real soon, so that'll drop it more. But even if I bump it up to 6GB at $80, I'm still spending a bit less than my current plan. And I get my parents on unlimited texting.
 

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Still on contract with the Xoom for another year. Don't feel like paying an ETF.

Besides, my Xoom is 4G, and my Droid 3 is only 3G. And I will admit, Verizon 4G where I live is fantastic.
 

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It works out for very few people but take this scenario:

10 people in a family at this time you would need to buy 2 family plans of 5 people but 1 plan with Share Everything. Not everyone has smart phones, let's say only 5 have smart phones.

$40 x 5 (smartphones) = $200
$30 x 5 (dumb phone) = $150
$100 (10GB data) = $100
Total = $450

vs

$90 x 2 (2x 1400shared) = $180
$10 x 8 (8 additional phone lines) = $80
$30 x 2 (2x unlimited text) = $60
$30 x 5 (5x 2GB data) = $150
Total = $470

Not only does this save you $20 per month but you also get unlimited minutes out of this plan vs 280 minutes per line.

Give me a case of beer!
 

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If you have 10 people in your immediate family, you do not have time to make use of unlimited data....

Nor do you have time to drink a case of beer.
 
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If you have 10 people in your immediate family, you do not have time to make use of unlimited data....

Nor do you have time to drink a case of beer.

They don't necessarily need to all be in your immediate family. I'm in a 5 person shared plan and they are all friends who want to save money. For others it could be extended family as well.

Take this example too. 10 people and all getting 2GB data.

$40 x 10 (smartphones) = $400
$100 (10GB data) = $100
$10 x 5 ($10 per additional 2GB) = $50
Total = $550

vs

$90 x 2 (2x 1400shared) = $180
$10 x 8 (8 additional phone lines) = $80
$30 x 2 (2x unlimited text) = $60
$30 x 10 (10x 2GB data) = $300
Total = $620

$70 per month savings.
 
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Well We have two separate plans:

VZW
900 min $60
1000 Txt $10
2GB $30
Total $100

ATT:
450 Min $40
Unl Txt & Mobile $20
3GB $30
Total $90

Both $190

with a share everything:
Unlimited Voice and Txt (2 x $40) $80
6Gb $80
Total $160

Thats a $30 a month saving, but in reality is much more given that my wife passes her 900 minute plan avg $45 for the last two months, and the fact that we will be able to share hotspots with our wi-fi tablet and my daughter's wi-fi tablet.

So the actual savings Vs plan is just $30 a month ($360/Yr (That is almost the price of a new tablet every year). I was rather happy with my Note on ATT, but calculating the potential savings and the ability of owning a SGS3 were to good to pass up.

I think the majority of the people will actually benefit from these new plans, but not the majority of ppl who frequent these blogs.
 

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I think the majority of the people will actually benefit from these new plans, but not the majority of ppl who frequent these blogs.

Exactly.

Remember, our usage is likely not the same as an average Verizon customer.

Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Android Central Forums
 

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Any Mobile Talk & Text Share 700 = $85
Smartphone A = $30+$10 = $40
Smartphone B = $30+$10 = $40
Dumbphone = $10
Total = $175

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10 GB Plan = $100
Smartphone A = $40
Smartphone B = $40
Dumbphone = $30
Total = $210

Yikes! I'd have to drop to the 2GB shared plan to come out cheaper. The only other way I might come out cheaper depends on how they apply the monthly access discount. Of course the likelihood that they apply the discount in a manner that would save me the most money is doubtful lol.

I apologize in advance for any errors in calculations. Don't have a cow if I did.
 

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Just about anybody can make the new plans work. But where is the real value of the new plans?

The whole concept of having multiple plans in place is that they give different users different options. What Verizon is doing is lumping all users together by saying most people use 2GB or less. Well their going off of data for people who also have a brand new Mac or PC with a intel i7 processor but they only read e-mail.

To me the new plans wreck the actual value of the service because they want to me to have the equivelant of a Corvette but only allow me to drive it 5 miles a day.