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What the new Verizon plan means for you

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Verizon Wireless has announced a new data plan that will allow up to 10 mobile devices to all be under one bundle, but users will have to pay close attention to data usage.

The new Share Everything plan allows users to have cellphones, tablets and any other gadgets on one monthly bill. The plan features unlimited phone calls and text messaging for $40. Data plans varies. The most inexpensive option is 1 GB for $50 a month, and the options go up all the way to 10 GB for $100 a month. The cheapest monthly plan for one phone will cost $90. Additional devices cost extra.

The plan starts June 28, and all new customers will be required to purchase the Share Everything plan or one of two plans for phone calls and text messages only.

For existing customers with the old unlimited plan, Verizon will no longer allow plans to be transferred to new phones starting June 28. The only way a customer can do this is if they pay full price for the new phone.

WTOC received a statement from Verizon saying the following:

General Statement: Our goals in creating the Share Everything Plan were three-fold:

  1. Don't force customers to buy a separate data plan for each device on their account
  2. Don't make customers purchase more data than they really need
  3. Simplify data pricing and help customers avoid overage charges

To that end, the new Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices. They are simple to understand. Customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are automatically unlimited in every Share Everything package. Data packages start at $50 per month for 1GB of data and go up to $100 per month for 10 GB of data.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.

To help customer determine the best Share Everything Plan option, Verizon Wireless has created an easy to use online tool at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything

Managing Data Usage: Managing your data limit with this plan is easy. To help prevent data overages, customers will receive free usage alerts via text messages or email -- when their account data usage reaches 50%, 75%, 90% and 100% of their data allowance. If needed customers may change their monthly data allowance at any time during their monthly billing cycle after they have exceeded their data allowance. And this change does not require a customer to extend their service contract.

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